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Norman Ornstein

David Brooks Is Wrong Again -- Trump's Rise Is Not 'Anti-Politics' but the Cancer of Big Money

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In his latest column, "The Governing Cancer of Our Times," New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks tries to explain Donald Trump's rise as a presidential candidate.

It's Beginning to Look a Bit Like 1932

Steven Conn | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

In the midst of a national crisis, Republican Senator David Reed (PA) announced: "If this country ever needed a Mussolini, it needs one now." If you missed that statement, or if David Reed's name doesn't ring a bell, you are forgiven. He made this chilling observation in 1932.

The GOP on the Eve of Destruction

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.03.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

With just a few weeks until they adjourn for the holidays, Republicans in the US Congress will try to cram in as much pettiness and vituperation as they can before heading back to their states and districts, no doubt to lead the home front in the fight against "the war on Christmas" launched this time every year by Fox News and its shock troops on talk radio. Take a look at some of their plans, including the riders congressional Republicans are contemplating for inclusion in the omnibus spending bill that must be passed by December 11. The whole mess is a Bad Santa's list of loopholes benefiting High Finance, tax cuts for the rich, and budget cuts for everyone else, even as they drive the nation deeper into debt and disrepair.

House Republicans: 'Yee-Haw! We're Shuttin' Down the Gov'mint!'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's hard to believe that "the American people" are so upset about the mild reforms contained in the ACA that they're demanding a government shut down and a default on the national debt to stop it. No wonder Congress' approval rating is the lowest in decades.

Summer Reading About What Ails America and How to Fix It

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If you're interested in figuring out the roots of our current economic, social and political crisis, what it will take to fix it, and how you can be part of the solution, here's a list of 15 recent books you might want to take with you.

It's Worse Than It Looks, But It Can Get Better

James A. White | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
James A. White

America's current predicament is not caused by the depth of our policy challenges but rather the intransigence of extreme elements in one party, exploiting a political system that is poorly suited for effective action absent cooperation between our two parties.

Critic: Treating GOP Equally Is 'Significant Failure' Of Media

Posted 12.11.2012 | Media

How did the mainstream press miss the biggest story of the 2012 election? Norman J. Ornstein, political scientist and resident scholar at the American...

How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign

Dan Froomkin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Media
Dan Froomkin

Fearful of appearing biased, the elite political press failed to call sufficient attention to the Republican Party's radical agenda and disdain for facts. The result is that in the name of balance, the press actually put its thumb on the scale, and prevented a true reckoning.

Has the Press Lost Its Guts... Or Is It Just Being "Fair"?

Dan Rather | Posted 08.05.2012 | Media
Dan Rather

Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann write that much of the blame for the dysfunction in Congress lies with the Republican Party. Sounds like fighting words to me, but the traditional press doesn't seem to want any part of this showdown.

Let's Just Say It: As Opposition, the Republicans Are Not Loyal

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

One could almost think treason to describe such behavior, but that firecracker term would distract from the substance, which is: that as loyalty and patriotism go, the Republicans who crow so much about both are, in truth, not much for either.

A Way to Fix Our Politically Polarized State?

David Helfenbein | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
David Helfenbein

I understand the importance and value of political parties, but the parties should not come at the cost of bipartisanship and success.

The Only Beltway White Guy Pundits Too Hot for the Sunday Shows?

Peter Hart | Posted 07.15.2012 | Media
Peter Hart

Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann are well-known in the Beltway. They work at big-time think tanks, appear on television chat shows, and write books and op-eds that powerful people pay attention to. Lately, though, it seems they've become dangerous men.

Paul Krugman: Our Political System Has Been Warped By A Small, Wealthy Minority

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics

Before the Great Recession, I would sometimes give public lectures in which I would talk about rising inequality, making the point that the concentrat...

Jason Linkins

Mann, Ornstein Urge Media To Get Smarter On Partisan Polarity, Chris Cillizza Says 'No Thanks!' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics

As you may already know, over the weekend, Thomas E. Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman J. Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute co-...

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...