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Tom Daschle and Trent Lott: How to fix Congress

Governance / News November 1, 2014

You can’t run the government of the most powerful nation in the world on Wednesdays alone. Yet that is what members of Congress, in effect, are trying to do. You can’t run the US government on Wednesdays alone. How to…

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Jason Grumet: 4 Simple Steps to End Political Gridlock

Governance / News October 31, 2014

As we enter the last stretch of campaigning, before elections that will almost certainly continue divided government, many fear there is no end in sight for political gridlock. If it seems that most good government reform efforts are banging against…

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Would Stronger Parties Mean Less Polarization?

Governance / News October 21, 2014

Ever since they emerged in the early 1800s, political parties have been a target of public scorn. But they have always had their defenders — a smaller, less influential camp that holds that parties are more beneficial than harmful because…

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Governing in a Polarized America

Governance / Research June 24, 2014

A bipartisan commission of former members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, governors, local leaders, and advocates unveiled a new blueprint to strengthen American democracy.

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USA TODAY: Can bipartisan group save this government?

Governance / News June 24, 2014

USA TODAY‘s Susan Page: “The nation’s increasingly bitter political divide has tied Congress in knots, embattled the White House and undermined many Americans’ faith in their government.”

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Susan Page: Divided we still stand – and getting used to it

/ News March 23, 2014

The sharp political divide that Americans say they hate may be becoming the new normal. A USA TODAY/Bipartisan Policy Center poll taken this month, the fourth in a year-long series, shows no change in the overwhelming consensus that U.S. politics…

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Is Negotiating Political Agreement a Lost Art?

Donald R. Wolfensberger / News March 11, 2014

Voters often complain that members of Congress “can’t seem to agree on anything.” You know people are on to something when their own representatives in Washington echo the same complaint — one of the few bipartisan sounds emanating from the…

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Obama, Republicans share goals, but not solutions

/ News January 30, 2014

President Obama and congressional Republicans both said this week they want to find common ground, but even though they share many of the same broad goals — putting Americans back to work, aiding a struggling middle class and promoting opportunity…

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Can Ohio erase partisan pencils?

/ News January 18, 2014

Ohio’s Legislature doesn’t look like Ohio. And, in some cases, lawmakers aren’t doing what Ohioans would want them to do. And citizens have little chance to change it. That’s because the problem stems, in part, from the state’s broken system…

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Prescriptions for comity in government

Trent Lott, Tom Daschle / News November 25, 2013

The Senate majority’s decision to exercise the “nuclear option” on presidential nominationsis the clearest evidence yet of how much the Senate has changed in the years since we left office. The two of us worked in Congress for, collectively, more…

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