Editor’s Introduction | Impeachment Revisited
Editor's Introduction | Impeachment Revisited
Charles J. Finocchiaro | Editor The impeachment of President Donald Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives and subsequent acquittal by the U.S. Senate occurred less than six months ago although it seems like a lifetime. In the months since, the U ... Read more
Editor's Introduction | Impeachment Revisited
Impeachment and the Imperial Presidency
Impeachment and the Imperial Presidency
Brian C. Kalt | Michigan State University The more power is ceded to presidents, the more important it is for Congress to be watchful and restrain that power when appropriate. But important or not, the rise of the imperial presidency did not invigora ... Read more
Impeachment and the Imperial Presidency
Impeachment in the Era of Presidential Partisanship
Impeachment in the Era of Presidential Partisanship
Julia Azari | Marquette University Is presidential impeachment legal or political? In the age of Trump, the political answer usually seems like the correct one. House Democrats began an impeachment inquiry in September 2019, but informal discussions ... Read more
Impeachment in the Era of Presidential Partisanship
Procedural Aspects of the Trump Impeachment
Procedural Aspects of the Trump Impeachment
Matthew Glassman | Georgetown University The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump concluded in the late afternoon of February 5, when the Senate voted 47-53 on the second Article of Impeachment against the president (H.Res. 755), well short of ... Read more
Procedural Aspects of the Trump Impeachment
President Trump Holding Copy of Washington Post with headline "Trump Acquitted"

Editor’s Introduction | Impeachment Revisited

Charles J. Finocchiaro | Editor The impeachment of President Donald Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives and subsequent acquittal by the U.S. Senate occurred less than six months ago although it seems like a lifetime. In the months since, the U.S. and the world have faced an ongoing pandemic, the economy is in recession, and issues of racial justice have taken center stage. And, of course, this is a presidential election year so there is no lack of important issues calling for attention. The time that has passed since ...

Impeachment and the Imperial Presidency

Brian C. Kalt | Michigan State University The more power is ceded to presidents, the more important it is for Congress to be watchful and restrain that power when appropriate. But important or not, the rise of the imperial presidency did not invigorate congressional checks on the president. Instead, it degraded them. In 1973, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., chronicled the presidency’s ...

Impeachment in the Era of Presidential Partisanship

Julia Azari | Marquette University Is presidential impeachment legal or political? In the age of Trump, the political answer usually seems like the correct one. House Democrats began an impeachment inquiry in September 2019, but informal discussions of impeaching Trump had been going on for much longer.1 Perhaps the most memorable instance of this was Rashida Tlaib’s January 2019 statement. Aaron ...

Procedural Aspects of the Trump Impeachment

Matthew Glassman | Georgetown University The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump concluded in the late afternoon of February 5, when the Senate voted 47-53 on the second Article of Impeachment against the president (H.Res. 755), well short of the Constitution’s two-thirds requirement for removal from office. This voted ended, procedurally, a Senate impeachment trial that had begun three weeks ...

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CAC Archives Joins Global Digital Platform Example of the center's materials available in the Digital Public Library of America. The Carl Albert Center archives has joined the global platform, Digital Public Library of America. The DPLA is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata - information describing an item - and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images and more from libraries, archives and museums across the United States. The DPLA currently exhibits more than 36 million digital items from America’s libraries, archives, and ...

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2019 Rothbaum Distinguished Lectureship | Bruce E. Cain Bruce E. Cain, Stanford University The Center hosted a very successful 2019 Rothbaum ...

A new feature at Extensions, “Required Reading” features recent books on legislative politics. Our hope is that Required Reading will become a resource for scholars and students of legislatures  looking to stay abreast of current and emerging research and to provide assistance in considering books for course adoption. Our approach allows authors to provide a brief overview of their books in a somewhat more expansive format than a dust-cover description, highlighting their argument and key findings—even displaying a representative figure that encapsulates an aspect of what the book is all about.

Check out the full list of books featured in Required Reading today!

The Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture is sponsored and administered by the Carl Albert Center, University of Oklahoma. The lecture addresses two principles that are of significance to Mr. Rothbaum: the importance of the relationship between education and public service in a representative democracy and the importance of participation by private citizens in public affairs. Rothbaum lecturers are sought from among the most able and discerning observers of American life. The lectures, suitably revised and extended, are individually published as a book by the University of Oklahoma Press. The published volumes form an invaluable repository of analysis and reflection upon the American condition.

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Carl Albert, U.S. Congressman (Oklahoma), Speaker of the House of Representatives, Washington, DC, March 12, 1976. Photograph by Richard Avedon. © The Richard Avedon Foundation

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The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center is a nonpartisan institution established in 1979 by the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education and the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma as a living tribute to the ideals, leadership, and accomplishments of the Honorable Carl Albert, native Oklahoman, University of Oklahoma alumnus, Rhodes Scholar, and 46th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

The Center is devoted to teaching, research, and public service related to the United States Congress and more broadly to strengthening representative democracy through engaged and informed citizens. The Center’s archives include the papers of over 60 former members of congress, along with the papers of 25 political leaders, congressional staffers, and journalists.