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Lying in State—Being Part of History [From Leipzig to Washington Blog #10]

Last week did not start according to plan for Congress. Before the new Congress starts in January, the current members are, namely, still trying to pass several pieces of legislation such as the remaining fiscal 2019 funding bills. Due to the death of former President George H. W. Bush, however, the business of the federal […]

Checking Out Checks and Balances [From Leipzig to Washington Blog #9]

I took a short break from my writing during Thanksgiving, as that week was extremely short due to everyone travelling home for the holidays. Coming back from a very long weekend, however, the Congress started working full steam ahead. House Democrats are busy forming their leadership, with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi now officially being nominated for […]

Beltway Networking [From Leipzig to Washington Blog #8]

After several weeks of all the attention being on the campaigns as well as state and local politics, the focus has once again returned to the Hill. In the previous week, Congress reconvened after the midterm elections, trying to wrap up some unfinished business. These sessions happening after elections are special ones called “lame-duck sessions”. […]

Midterms Like No Other [From Leipzig to Washington Blog #7]

The long-awaited midterm elections are over. For the past six months the news media coverage was saturated with analyses of candidates and predictions of what the 116th Congress would look like. The media was, however, cautious about making bold statements, and for good reason. These midterms saw many races that were extremely close, with some […]

The State of Transatlantic Relations [From Leipzig to Washington Blog #6]

The midterms are finally here. The atmosphere in the US congress resembles that of the calm before the storm, as everyone is out trying to convince those last-minute, undecided voters. The media coverage, however, has been so saturated with everything midterm-related, you have to do some research before you are be able to read about […]

Constituent Relations vol. 2 – The Phone Calls [From Leipzig to Washington Blog #3]

The past two weeks have been extraordinary. Despite all the focus at the moment being placed on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who lived and worked in Washington, D.C., the nomination and later confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is what still creates all the headlines. […]

Constituent Relations vol. 1 — The Capitol Tour [From Leipzig to Washington Blog #2]

It has been three weeks since I’ve started my internship at the US House of Representatives. What is the recipe for success? Coffee and news, news, news, and more news. Also, enough storage space on your phone for all the podcasts that analyze everything that has happened in the past weeks, from the Supreme Court […]