Sarah Binder

Beyond the Horse Race to Lead the Fed

Maybe I spend too much time in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Catalog.  But this is a nice one.  In an undated photograph taken before 1945, we get a good glimpse of the nation’s central bankers, presumably hard at work in Washington. Now that’s a lot of gravitas. As the horse race for… Read more »

Off to the Races: The Contest to Lead the Fed

After Congress revamped the Federal Reserve Act in 1935, construction began on a new home for the Fed—liberating the Fed from sharing quarters with Treasury. This 1937 photo of the Eccles Buiding under construction reminds us that the original 1914 Fed was not set in stone and that it continued to evolve over its history…. Read more »

The Nuclear Senate, Defused

All three senators of the Great Triumverate of Senate history at one point in their careers endorsed stronger limits on Senate debate. So I have no doubt that their ghosts had a great week: Eavesdropping on the senators in their chamber Monday night and reading all the good stuff that was written about how and… Read more »

Speak Softly … and Carry a Nuclear Stick

The Teddy Roosevelt-Harry Reid analogy ain’t great, I know.  But the Senate majority leader sure does speak softly, and he’s armed (we think) with a pretty potent stick as the parties go to battle in the Senate over GOP filibusters of President Obama’s executive branch nominees. There’s been ample excellent commentary and reporting on the… Read more »

Was There Really Bipartisan Support for the Voting Rights Act?

There’s been ample excellent coverage of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Shelby County vs. Holder, which declared a key section of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.  By rejecting the VRA’s formula for determining which states and jurisdictions are subject to pre-clearance of changes to their voting laws, the Court effectively derailed the Act’s pre-clearance… Read more »