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Norman Ornstein

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Norman Ornstein is an American political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington D.C. conservative think tank.
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Ted Kennedy
A Life
John A. Farrell - 2022-10-25
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An enthralling and groundbreaking new biography of one of modern America's most fascinating and consequential political figures, drawing on important new sources, by the award-winning biographer who covered Kennedy closely for many yearsOver five years in the making, John A. Farrell's magnificent biography of Edward M. Kennedy is the first single-v...
Norman Ornstein
2022-10-08T13:08:20.000Z
This is a superb book!      source
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100% Democracy
The Case for Universal Voting
E.J. Jr. Dionne, Miles Rapoport - 2022-03-22
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A timely and paradigm-shifting argument that all members of a democracy must participate in elections, by a leading political expert and Washington Post journalist Americans are required to pay taxes, serve on juries, get their kids vaccinated, get driver's licenses, and sometimes go to war for their country. So why not ask--or require--every Ameri...
Norman Ornstein
2022-03-23T13:30:58.000Z
@EJDionne @MilesRapoport This book is compelling and urgently needed. A must read!      source
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Unlock Congress
Reform the Rules - Restore the System
Michael Golden - 2015-04-15
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The American people are disgusted with the U.S. Congress. In 2014, public approval of the "first branch" of government reached a forty-year low, its popularity ranking well below Nixon during the Watergate years and BP during the oil spill. Congress has been producing legislation at a historically anemic rate, while many of the nation's most immedi...
Norman Ornstein
2021-04-15T20:22:17.000Z
Great book, great person!      source
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The Ten Year War
Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage
Jonathan Cohn - 2021-02-23
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Jonathan Cohn's The Ten Year War is the definitive account of the battle over Obamacare, based on interviews with sources who were in the room, from the nation's foremost healthcare journalist. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as "Obamacare," was the most sweeping and consequential piece of legislation to become law in modern American hi...
Norman Ornstein
2021-01-09T15:27:06.000Z
Nobody knows more and has reported better on healthcare than @CitizenCohn A must read book!      source
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The Field of Blood
Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Joanne B. Freeman - 2019-09-10 (first published in 2018)
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The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil WarIn The Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legi...
Norman Ornstein
2020-10-30T19:52:30.000Z
@billybobmoore @RonBrownstein Read the superb book by @jbf1755 The Field of Blood!      source
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Insane Consequences
How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill
DJ Jaffe - 2017-04-11
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This well-researched and highly critical examination of the state of our mental health system by the industry's most relentless critic presents a new and controversial explanation as to why--in spite of spending $147 billion annually--140,000 seriously mentally ill are homeless, 390,000 are incarcerated, and even educated, tenacious, and caring peo...
Norman Ornstein
2020-08-24T15:08:09.000Z
DJ Jaffe was a great, important, tireless advocate for better policies to help those with serious mental illnesses. His book Insane Consequences was truly important. He battled cancer for a long time, but never stopped his advocacy. May his memory be a blessing. @TreatmentAdvCtr      source
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Unlocatable Source
Judith Bowles - 2019-07-16
The sharp images and elegant lines of Judith Bowles' collection do indeed seem to come from some hidden origin, the fusion of eye and ear and hand that results in this poet's stunning craft....
Norman Ornstein
2020-08-21T01:26:28.000Z
Little know fact that should be mire known: @OfficialJLD’s remarkable and wonderful mother, Judy Bowles, is a world-class poet with two great books. The Gatherer and Unlocatable Source. If you like poetry you will love these books!      source
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The Gatherer
Judith Bowles - 2014-09-12
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Poet Judith Bowles gathers in this debut collection a harvest of observations on illuminated spaces, made so by the act of paying close attention....
Norman Ornstein
2020-08-21T01:26:28.000Z
Little know fact that should be mire known: @OfficialJLD’s remarkable and wonderful mother, Judy Bowles, is a world-class poet with two great books. The Gatherer and Unlocatable Source. If you like poetry you will love these books!      source
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What It Takes
The Way to the White House
Richard ben Cramer - 1993-06-01 (first published in 1992)
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An American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race -- and ...
Norman Ornstein
2020-08-16T20:37:02.000Z
@CarlosLozadaWP @JenSeniorNY What It Takes remains The best book I’ve ever read on American politics, and politics more generally. Well over 1000 pages, but I reread it every few years. And what everybody close to Joe Biden will tell you is that this captures Biden better than anything else.      source
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Sandy Koufax
A Lefty's Legacy (P.S.)
Jane Leavy - 2010-03-16 (first published in 2002)
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“The incomparable and mysterious Sandy Koufax is revealed…. This is an absorbing book, beautifully written.” —Wall Street Journal “Leavy has hit it out of the park…A lot more than a biography. It’s a consideration of how we create our heroes, and how this hero’s self perception distinguishes him from nearly every other great athlete in living memor...
Norman Ornstein
2020-07-28T03:43:37.000Z
Both great, but the Koufax book is especially so.      source
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Congress at War
Fergus M. Bordewich - 2020-02-18
Bedlam by Kenneth Paul Rosenberg
The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss
Breaking The News by James Fallows