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Norm Ornstein

Norm Ornstein is a correspondent for The Atlantic, a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal, and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.
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Slashing IRS Budget Carries a Heavy Price

December 18, 2014 The "Cromnibus" that was enacted last week has received its share of brickbats, mostly over the Citigroup-written and Rep. Kevin Yoder-instigated provision giving banks taxpayer protection for derivatives trading. Also for the campaign-finance provision blowing up most of what was left of campaign contribution limits, pushed by Mitch McConnell but ...

Plunging Oil Prices Set Off a Global Chess Game

November 6, 2014 It may be hard to imagine, but other things have been going on in the world besides the election. And while I no doubt will return to the implications of Tuesday's contests (not to mention the upcoming ones in December and January), I want to turn my attention now to ...

Trust Is Not Enough to Break Through Washington Gridlock

October 1, 2014 "Can we all get along?" That famous plea, uttered by Rodney King in the aftermath of his infamous pounding by police, is a persistent theme in a Washington beset by bickering, demonizing, and poisonous relationships. Recently, The Washington Post had two columns, by Dana Milbank and Ruth Marcus, that were ...

What to Expect from Congress This Fall

September 7, 2014 Congress is back for its homestretch. Well, not exactly "back." The House will spend the rest of this week in "district-workweek" mode, returning Monday evening and leaving again Thursday after lunch; the next week will be action-packed—coming back late Tuesday evening (no votes before 6:30 p.m.) but this time staying ...

Congress Returns to Doing Nothing

September 4, 2014 Congress is back for its homestretch. Well, not exactly "back." The House will spend the rest of this week in "district-workweek" mode, returning Monday evening and leaving again Thursday after lunch; the next week will be action-packed—coming back late Tuesday evening (no votes before 6:30 p.m.) but this time staying ...

VA Reform's Surprising 19th Century Roots

July 10, 2014 When Mark Twain collaborated with his neighbor Charles Dudley Warner in 1873 to write the novelThe Gilded Age, it received mixed reviews—but it became a classic, in large part because of its title, which has come to define an era of thorough and deep corruption in public affairs and governance. ...

New Firing Process Could Make Things Worse at VA

July 10, 2014 When Mark Twain collaborated with his neighbor Charles Dudley Warner in 1873 to write the novel The Gilded Age, it received mixed reviews—but it became a classic, in large part because of its title, which has come to define an era of thorough and deep corruption in public affairs and ...

Republicans Would be Better Off Dropping the Idea That All Government Is Bad

June 12, 2014 Before nonagenarian Representative Ralph Hall lost his seat in a Republican primary in Texas, no incumbent had been defeated in primaries this year, leading to the dominant press and pundit narrative: The Republican Empire Strikes Back. Oops. Now with the stunning defeat of Eric Cantor, we have narrative whiplash: The ...

Lessons of the VA Scandal

June 5, 2014 What are we to make of the VA? Over the past few weeks, I have read a lot about the scandal and the overall story surrounding the agency (it is actually the Veterans Affairs Department and the Veterans Health Administration, but we will call both the VA for short). I ...

Why We Can't Stop Talking About Filibusters

May 15, 2014 Let's talk filibusters (for some strange reason, I can't stop talking about filibusters). They are back in the news, on several fronts. The most recent is the narrow but significant legislation on energy conservation, worked out painstakingly by the bipartisan team of Sens. Rob Portman and Jeanne Shaheen. The bill ...