The Vanishing Congress: Reflections On Politics In Washington by Jeff Bergner.
Drawing on his long experience with Congress as an insider (Congressional staffer) and an outsider (public policy professor), the author offers insights on the Senate today. He argues that over time, Congress has ceded much of the power given to it by the framers of the Constitution, to the executive and judicial branches. This book argues for changes, large and more importantly small, that can restore the Congress to its role as envisioned. His examples and explanations cover rules and procedures, money in politics, political parties, budgets, and more. He asserts that “…if and when Congress decides to act in a unified way, there is no stronger force in American politics.”
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HBO miniseries Chernobyl. This 5 part series documents the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It was well done, engaging, and ended with an update on the people portrayed in the series.