Alan Greenblatt

Alan Greenblatt is a political reporter for Governing Magazine and a contributor to DecodeDC.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and Lee Saunders (L), president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees speak during an event at the Center for American Progress March 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Union leaders’ hearts might be with Sanders, but their heads are betting on Clinton.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) hold a news conference at the U.S. Capitol June 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Instead of being able to build up the junior varsity, the party is dominated by a gerontocracy.

A still from Citizen Kane, RKO Pictures, 1941.

Before reality TV and Donald Trump, there was Charles Foster Kane and Sen. Bulworth.

U.S House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) and House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) (R) leave after a House Republican Conference meeting September 29, 2015 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Why the next crop of congressional leaders won’t be able to go it alone.

Students attend class at the Encore Academy charter school on May 13, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Warning for sitting governors: Running for president can hurt you at home

Running for president can hurt you at home

White House takes agenda to local governments
SAN FRANCISCO, CA- JUNE 28: Jessica Fernandez, left, dances with Human Rights Campaign on the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The 2015 pride parade comes two days after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. (Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

What do same-sex marriage, the Confederate flag and Donald Trump have in common?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama, surrounded by Cabinet officials and members of Congress, signs a series of bills during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House June 29, 2015. Included in the bills signed is the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015.
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A couple of weeks back, when a major trade bill was stalled in Congress, commentators wrote Obama off as a hopeless case.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 01:  U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) does a live interview with FOX News in the Russell Senate Office Building rotunda on Capitol Hill June 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. In protest of the National Security Agency's sweeping program to collect U.S. citizens' telephone metadata, Paul blocked an extension of some parts of the USA PATRIOT Act, allowing them to lapse at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The Senate will continue to work to restore the lapsed authorities by amending a House version of the bill and getting it to President Obama later this week.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

It’s said that every senator sees a president in the mirror. It’s a cliche, but it’s at least 5% true right now. That’s because five

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attend a reception in the Rose Garden at the White House April 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Obama hosted a reception for members of Congress and supporters of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 to thank them for the bi-partisan legislation. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Don’t break out the champagne or the choruses of “Kumbaya” quite yet, but Congress is actually starting to get a few things done.

Obama’s foreign policy: sellout or strategic?

President Obama has moved to cut deals in recent weeks with two enemies of long standing. On Tuesday, the administration said it would take Cuba

2016 GOP hopefuls bypass long stint in Congress

Barack Obama has taught Republicans a lesson. Members of the party may have mocked him for running for president five minutes after entering the Senate,

The changing role of political outliers

Thirty years isn’t enough to satisfy John McCain. The Arizona Republican announced Tuesday that he’s running next year for a sixth term in the U.S.

Why don’t politicians know when to fold ’em?

The defiance of Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, in the face of a 14-count indictment on bribery and corruption charges, is in keeping with a long