The New Politics of Extremism

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The audio posted here is from October 24, when this segment originally aired. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show from December 27. 

What are the structural reasons for - and solutions to - the recent budget gridlock in Washington? Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Thomas Mann, senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, discuss their recent book It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.