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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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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...

Analysis: Want Effective Government? Then You Have to Pay Better

April 3, 2014 The ill-fated shutdown of the federal government last year had one modestly positive side effect: It reminded many Americans about the important things government does. To choose just a couple of examples, the closure of national parks not only blocked access to national treasures from visitors, but it also caused...

What If Republicans Capture the Senate?

March 27, 2014 Nate Silver is back, and back in the news. Silver’s appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, where he said that if the election were held today, the Republicans would likely win the Senate, got immense attention. On Fox News, anchors gleefully announced that Silver, their bête noire in 2012,...

Why It's So Hard for Obama to Be Tough on Russia

March 13, 2014 It is not uncommon for second-term presidents to turn more of their attention and focus to foreign policy. Domestic politics and policy become increasingly frustrating, as the president’s partisans in Congress hunker down in preparation for a lousy midterm election, the party’s ideological base becomes more belligerent, and the opposition...

Why It's So Hard for the U.S. to Take Tough Action Against Russia

March 13, 2014 It is not uncommon for second-term presidents to turn more of their attention and focus to foreign policy. Domestic politics and policy become increasingly frustrating, as the president’s partisans in Congress hunker down in preparation for a lousy midterm election, the party’s ideological base becomes more belligerent, and the opposition...

Analysis: Henry Waxman: A Relic of the Era When Congress Used to Work

February 6, 2014 I was introduced to Congress in 1965 by a newly minted professor at the University of Minnesota, Gene Eidenberg, who had come to the state fresh from a stint as an American Political Science Association congressional fellow working for the late Hale Boggs, the majority whip. Eidenberg sat across from...

Analysis: Budget Deal May Not Herald the End of Congressional Dysfunction

December 19, 2013 The successful budget deal forged by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, and its wide margin of approval in the House, have had many observers suggesting the political system may have turned a corner in its dysfunction. Its small-bore and cramped ambitions notwithstanding, the deal is an important achievement,...

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