Thomas Mann, co-author of The Broken Branch and It's Even Worse Than It Looks, discussed the topic, "Congress: Is It the Broken Branch?" with students at Purdue University, George Mason University, and the Washington Center. Video clips were shown of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and President Obama speaking about the debt ceiling on July 22, 2011. This course was a joint educational partnership between C-SPAN, the Washington Center, George Mason University, and Purdue University. The semester focused on "The Presidency, Congress, and Media," examining all facets of politics in the TV and digital age, taking a look at the issues and events shaping the agenda for the next Congress and next round of elections, as well as the historical process of public policy making. Additionally, the class analyzes the changing role of media, especially social media, in shaping public opinion.
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