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  • 113th Congress Review
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    113th Congress Review

    Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein talked about the year 2013 on Capitol Hill and assessed the 113th Congress. They spoke about approval ratings and trust ratings that put…

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  • Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein on Government Shutdown
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    Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein on Government Shutdown

    Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein talked about the political, ideological, legislative, and institutional causes of the dysfunction that leads to situations such as the possible government shutdown and…

    496 views
  • emIts Even Worse Than It Looksem
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    It's Even Worse Than It Looks

    In their new book, congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein examine partisan politics in the U.S. government. The authors contend that the level of “hyperpartisanship” has resulted in a…

    2,637 views
  • 2012 Election and the LameDuck Congress
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    2012 Election and the Lame-Duck Congress

    Panelists talked about issues facing the lame-duck session of the 112th Congress, as well as what the first 100 days of the 113th could include. They focused on the “fiscal cliff,” the impending tax increases and budget…

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  • emIts Even Worse Than It Looksem
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    It's Even Worse Than It Looks

    Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein talked about their book, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism. In the book they examined the…

    1,206 views
  • Congressional Redistricting
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    Congressional Redistricting

    Panelists talked about conflicts in several states over constitutionally-mandated redistricting. Congressional districts are redrawn every ten years to reflect population shifts. Topics…

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  • State of Congress
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    State of Congress

    Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, authors of The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, spoke with students about the current state of Congress and…

    310 views
  • Post 2010 Midterm Elections Agenda
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    Post 2010 Midterm Elections Agenda

    David Hawkings moderated a discussion of the agenda for Congress after the 2010 midterm elections. Panelists focused on the challenges of divided government, the level of partisanship in…

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  • Presidential Succession
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    Presidential Succession

    Panelists talked about vulnerabilities and flaws in the current system of U.S. presidential succession, specifically the need for authoritative continuity. Other topics included emergency…

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  • Civility and American Politics Part 3
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    Civility and American Politics, Part 3

    Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann talked about their book The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, published by Oxford University Press. The talked…

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  • New Congressional Agenda
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    New Congressional Agenda

    Panelists spoke about the 2008 general election results, the potential impact of an Obama presidency, and potential shifts in U.S. policy as a result of Democratic Party gains in the House and Senate. Topics…

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  • 2007 Congressional Review
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    2007 Congressional Review

    Brookings’s “Mending the Broken Branch” project released its report on congressional performance during the previous year and previewed the year ahead. The authors suggested that over the…

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  • Review of 110th Congress
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    Review of 110th Congress

    Panelists assessed congressional accomplishments during the year and examined legislators' progress in enacting reforms. Among the topics they addressed were the implementation of…

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    The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America

    Participants spoke about The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, published by Oxford University Press, in which authors Norman J. Ornstein and…

    286 views
  • Distance Learning Class
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    Distance Learning Class

    Students from the University of Denver and Pace University in New York City participated by broadband feed in a distance learning class. Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann spoke to the class…

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  • Lobbying Reform
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    Lobbying Reform

    The House Rules Committee held a hearing on lobbying reform, focusing on accountability and transparency in lobbying. Witnesses testified about a number of topics including records filing…

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  • 110th Congessional Agenda
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    110th Congessional Agenda

    David Hawkings moderated an analysis of the results of the 2006 midterm elections and the potential impact of a Democratic led legislature. The panel focused on a new agenda for Congress…

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  • 2006 Midterm Election Campaigns
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    2006 Midterm Election Campaigns

    The guests talked about major races for House and Senate seats in the 2006 midterm elections. Ornstein and Mann co-authored The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get…

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  • Congressional Reform Efforts
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    Congressional Reform Efforts

    Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein talked about lobbying and ethics reform efforts in Congress. They jointly wrote an editorial in the New York Times on lobbying reforms and changes needed to…

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    Hug Them Close: Blair, Clinton, Bush

    A panel of experts discussed Mr. Riddell’s book, Hug Them Close: Blair, Clinton, Bush, and the ‘Special Relationship', published by Politicos Publishing. The book is an in-depth look at the…

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