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Norman Ornstein

Congressional Scholar

Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein has been writing about Congress and politics for decades. Currently, he pens a weekly column on congress for Roll Call called “Congress Inside Out” and also serves as an election eve analyst for CBS News. A resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Ornstein served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project (along with Thomas Mann) and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series.

Ornstein has served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission and led a working group that helped shape the McCain-Feingold law, which reformed the campaign finance system. In 2004, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His collaborations with Thomas Mann, include The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track and the newly updated, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism. Ornstein is also the author of The Permanent Campaign and Its Future.