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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
dysfunction

Weekend Reader: ‘Dangerous Convictions: What’s Really Wrong With The U.S. Congress’

Tom Allen has a unique understanding of congressional dysfunction and the challenges of bipartisan governing. As a U.S. representative from Maine’s 1st district, for over a decade Allen was on the front lines of debates over the federal budget, the invasion of Iraq, and health care reform, among other key issues.  In his new book, Dangerous Convictions, Allen details how both Democrats […]

August 23, 2014
Newt, Republican, Trump

Newt And Rush Are Twin Towers Of Dysfunction

Getting back to polarization: As I previously mentioned, to the extent governing isn’t working well today I very much agree with Sean Theriault that “partisan warfare is the problem” (see also Ed Kilgore). The trouble with Washington isn’t that the parties are each internally cohesive or that Democrats are too liberal or Republicans too conservative. […]

January 13, 2014

Republican Budget Tactics Set A New Bar For Dysfunction In Washington

Call it the new normal. Whereas in previous decades budgets were typically passed without the constant threat of shutdown, the battles of 1995-96 during the Clinton presidency — which included two brief government closures — now seem to have only hinted at what was to come. In the era of the Obama White House and […]

September 23, 2011