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Norm Ornstein

The Wildcatters: It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To

Kirby Goidel | Posted 03.11.2017 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

We can debate how well this system has worked in prior presidential elections but the 2016 election cycle has been a case study in a broken presidential nominating process. It is past time to revisit the rules.

Ryan Grim

Bipartisan Organizations Meet To Figure Out What To Do Now That Bipartisanship Is Dead | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fix The Debt has a problem. The bipartisan lobby group has set out to work on big, compromise legislation -- but what's it supposed to d...

Jeffrey Young

Congress Could Easily Fix A Huge Obamacare Problem. It Won't | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of simple words in a piece of legislation could prevent more than 4 million people losing their health insurance, but Congress...

Fake Kentucky Senate Candidate Is Brutally And Hilariously Honest

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

Represent.Us, an organization that seeks to "end the culture of legalized corruption that has come to define modern politics," has put up fake candida...

Zach Carter

Noam Chomsky: U.S. Politics Are Now 'Pure Savagery' | Zach Carter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Author and activist Noam Chomsky said that the congressional controversy over extending unemployment benefits is evidence that American politics has d...

Anti-Obamacare Republican Is 'Living In A Dreamland,' Dem Says

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There has been a notable bit of backlash against the sect of Senate Republicans who are threatening to shut down the government unless t...

WATCH: Pundit Slaps Mitch McConnell Back With Wife Remark

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

Centrist political pundit Norm Ornstein found himself at the center of a spat with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday, as McConnell sparred...

Jennifer Bendery

Mitch McConnell Spars With Norm Ornstein: 'You've Been Consistently Wrong On Almost Everything' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came to the American Enterprise Institute on Friday to give a speech on the First Amendme...

Jason Linkins

Josh Barro Is Right About GOP Obstinacy Making 'Both Parties Stupid' | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Imagine if you will, two wrestlers, of roughly equal size and ability, locked in a match with one another. Typically, what will happen in such a conte...

Filibuster Reform Reminds Us That the Real Scandal Hurting the Country Right Now Isn't in the Executive Branch

Mitchell Bard | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Republicans in the Senate are abusing the filibuster to keep jobs -- in both the executive and judicial branches -- unfilled while sitting idly by and letting economic growth take a hit in the name of ideology.

Influential Conservative: Time To Bust The Filibuster

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may have just landed an influential ally on the right in his potential new bid to reform the Senate's filib...

Conservatives Favored Deficits Before Keynes

Paul A. London | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Paul A. London

What the Chicago conservatives in 1932 said the government should do was spend aggressively on useful public works and infrastructure. There were then and are now plenty of liberal ideas that deserve harsh criticism.

Getting to Maybe: The Critical Need for Compromise in Congress

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We are not delusional or naive enough to expect that getting to maybe will be an easy task. We recognize that over the past few years, compromise in Congress has become an oxymoron and bipartisanship a dirty word.

U.S. or Parliamentary System? One Is Nearly Gridlock-Proof -- and It Ain't Ours

Eric Black | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

Because of their structures, parliamentary systems are relatively gridlock-proof. Our system -- absent the grease of partisan cooperation and compromise -- is particularly gridlock-prone.

Jon Ward

'Cage Match' Raises Question: What Is Government 'As We Know It'? | Jon Ward | Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Washington think tank debates are, as a rule, excruciatingly boring. And a "cage match" Monday night between two scholars at the American...

If Republicans Are the Problem, Americans Elect Is No Solution

Jason Stanford | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Even if the Americans Elect nominee figured out how to defeat Obama and Mitt Romney, the centrist president would still have the same Congress stymied by a Republican Party that values purity of essence more than progress.

Amanda Terkel

Obama's Overlooked SOTU Promise To Reorganize The Gov't | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most overlooked but potentially significant proposals in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night wa...

National Security Experts vs. Forces of Delay

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The New START treaty should be a no-brainer: it's a renewal of a treaty originally negotiated by Ronald Reagan and it will make America safer.

Sam Stein

Republicans Worry About Objectivity Of Parliamentarian They Appointed | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans have begun a campaign to cast doubt on the Senate Parliamentarian and his capacity to impartially handle the reconciliation process...

Sam Stein

Biden Can Single-Handedly Run The Reconciliation Process: Parliamentarian Experts (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Should passing health care reform come down to the use of reconciliation -- and all signs point that way -- Vice President Joseph Biden could play a h...

Congress: More Productive Than Approval Ratings Say

The Washington Post | Norm Ornstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When President Obama urged lawmakers during his State of the Union speech to work with him on "restoring the public trust," he was hardly going out on...

Sam Stein

Clinton Senate Seat Timing Could Have Historic Implications | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Hillary Clinton headed for the State Department, the question now on everyone's mind is whom Gov. David Paterson will appoint to replace her. Na...