Monthly Archives: September 2012

House: Vote to Renew FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House‚Äôs 301-118 vote to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act passed in 2008 and set to expire. The measure allows for the NSA to conduct a warrantless surveillance program under … Continue reading

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Forecasting Polarization in the 113th Senate

As can be seen in the plot below, polarization has markedly increased in both chambers of Congress, but the Senate has remained less divided than the House. This does not mean that the Senate has been a more productive chamber … Continue reading

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