Anthony Johnstone (Montana): The System of Campaign Finance Disclosure. Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): Three Wrong Progressive Approaches (and One Right One) to Campaign Finance Reform. From FDL, a book salon on Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols. The electoral college is halfway to being abolished: The reform effort is picking up steam, but a lot has to happen for presidential elections to be decided by popular vote. Karen Hult reviews Two Presidents Are Better Than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch by David Orentlicher. In the age of K Street, soft money, and safe seats, it's tempting to abandon our political institutions and shout down our opponents — here's why we shouldn't. Breaking up is hard to do: Marc Horger on America's love affair with the two-party system. Zeke J Miller on the bipartisan call to bring back the smoke-filled room. Frank Rich on the stench of the Potomac: Bipartisanship is alive and well in Washington — it just takes place once Republicans and Democrats (lots of Democrats) cash in. Congress isn't what it used to be: The definitive source for data on our nation’s legislative branch, Vital Statistics on Congress, has been released online for the first time ever. Brian Christopher Jones on one redeeming quality about the 112th Congress: Refocusing on descriptive rather than evocative short titles.

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