The specter of government shutdown and default on America’s debts is becoming a routine feature of Washington politics.  One of the country’s best known experts on Congress – Norm Ornstein – returns to Minnesota to dissect the latest twists and turns in the nation’s capital as Speaker Boehner departs and Congress struggles to do the people’s business.  Mr. Ornstein’s sober cataloguing of congressional dysfunction, The Broken Branch:How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, was recently bested by the still more dispiriting book, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, which foreshadowed the partisan breakdown we now face.

This event is sponsored by The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The event will take place Monday, November 2, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey School. All are welcome to attend. Please register here in advance.

Norm Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic and is an election eve analyst for BBC News. He served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Mr. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold, which reformed the campaign financing system.  His recent book with Thomas Mann, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, is a  New York Times bestseller.