Five Biggest Staff Problems That Hurt Congress and America

One of the first things done by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after taking control of the big gavel was to appoint the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress to recommend measures to bring the First Branch into the 21st Century of organizational management.

In its first hearing, the modernization committee heard testimony from 30 members representing both sides of the aisle, including Rep. Kathleen Clarke (D-Mass.) who provided a concise assessment of worrisome staffing trends:

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Eight VIP Things You Should Know About Working On The Hill

Patricia Murphy covers national politics for the Daily Beast and is a former Hill staffer, most recently working as communications director for then-Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.) from 2001 to 2003.

Murphy also writes a column for Roll Call and has a great piece today there based on her interviews with a number of present and former Hill staffers responding to the question of things they wish they had known when they worked on the Senate or House side.

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Think Like A Detective: What About The Contradictions In The Four Gospels?

There is likely no greater mistake when working on Capitol Hill than including a contradiction of logic or fact in a one-pager making the case for a legislative proposal, composing a position paper on a bill scheduled for a vote on the floor, or drafting remarks for your boss when she speaks to an important group this weekend back home in the district.

There are people working for Congress who eat, sleep and live detecting, exposing and criticizing contradictions among political opponents, as well as journalists, lobbyists and talking heads doing the same, so it’s no wonder aides to senators and representatives tend to be hyper-sensitive about consistency.

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Did You Hear The News? ‘Discovery Of Intron Functionality Interrupts Evolutionary Paradigm.’ You Gotta Read This!

For folks who aren’t biochemists, the headline above likely makes no sense, but Reasons To Believe’s Fazale Rana, who is a biochemist, is also a solid write who knows how to make complexity understandable.

That’s fortunate for the rest of us because there is huge news on the biochemistry front that sounds like a potential paradigm shifter for our understanding of DNA.

It all has to do with interruptions. You know, that irritating legislative director in Rayburn or the haughty communications director over on the Senate side who won’t let you finish a sentence without interrupting you. And that has immense implications for the evolution vs. creation debate.

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She Asked If She’s Going To Hell When She Dies. How Would You Answer?

For all of our knowledge, there remains no definitive, testable, repeatable scientific answer to the question every person who ever lived asked themselves at least once: What happens to me after I die?

Science deals with the material world, cause and effect, the repeatedly demonstrable. But death, at least as far as we know from common human experience, is always and everywhere a one-way ticket (yes, I know there are folks who claim to have died and come back with vivid – but unverifiable- reports of what Heaven is like).

(The photo above is courtesy of Madison Grooms of Unsplash.)

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This Millennial Woman Uses AI To Help Police ID, Track And Prevent Human Trafficking

What does a 16-year-old American traveling across Eastern Europe do when she sees young kids begging on the street and learns they are there because of Russian human traffickers?

For Emily Kennedy, co-founder of Pittsburgh-based Marinus Analytics, that experience was her introduction to the horrendous world of human trafficking, which exists everywhere on Earth and encompasses men and women, but especially young girls, who are forced into everything from prostitution to petty street crimes.

And why should anybody working on Capitol Hill know about this millennial?

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Here’s Why Atheistic Evolution Lacks Logic (Note: That’s Atheistic, Not Theistic, Evolution At Issue Here)

Things, including people, tend to change over time and, according to the conventional wisdom of many of the top folks among the scientific and cultural elite, if you combine enough time with the right kind of matter and the phenomenon called “chance,” you get to evolution as an explanation of the origins of life on Earth.

Note that the phrase can either refer to theistic evolution, which God uses, or a-theistic evolution, which puts God entirely out of the picture. There is also an important distinction to be made between macro-evolution, which concerns the appearance of distinct species, and micro-evolution, which concerns the appearance of changes within species.

So why should anybody working on Capitol Hill care about this?

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