Olympia Snowe spoke about her book, Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress, at Politics & Prose on Monday, May 20, 2013.
A veteran of some forty years in public office, at both the state and federal levels, Senator Snowe built a reputation as a moderate always ready to work for bipartisan compromise. But with Congress increasingly mired in deadlock and polarization, Snowe, writing out of both frustration with the stalemate and a belief that the system can work, has issued this call for a citizens movement to hold elected officials accountable.
Robert G. Kaiser spoke about his book, Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Kaiser, veteran Washington Post reporter and editor since 1963, weighs in on the 2008 financial crisis with a detailed analysis of the Dodd-Frank Act. Granted full access by both Congressman Frank and Senator Dodd, Kaiser details the process of turning the bill into law, from committee meetings to lobbying, and the roles played by partisan politics and the media.
Cass R. Sunstein spoke about his book, Simpler: The Future of Government, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
One of the achievements of Obama’s first term was the simplification of government rules and regulations. Sunstein, a behavioral economist who served for three years as the head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, was crucial to this process. A Harvard law professor and co-author of the best-selling Nudge, Sunstein here assesses the success of turning his ideas into practices and outlines steps to continue the trend.