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7 p.m. @ Edwards Recital Hall
How Washington Works - Or Doesn't
Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
Edwards Recital Hall
President Obama likes to say that Washington is broken, and he’s right. But the causes of that dysfunction go back well before his presidency and are rooted in trends that will be hard to reverse. Steve Roberts has been a journalist for close to 50 years and in his talk he will analyze some of those trends: from where Americans live and how they vote, to the rising role played by outside pressure groups and media outlets that emphasize conflict over conciliation and reward the loudest, shrillest voices with money and attention. As a result, compromise has become a dirty word, the center of Congress has been hollowed out, and ideologues and extremists rule the capital.
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