CLBR #165 Authors on Bi-Partisanship in Congress and Apple’s Tax Dodge

CLBR #165  Authors on Bi-Partisanship in Congress and Apple’s Tax Dodge

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SEGMENT 1:  Is Bipartisanship Dead?

Slide1Ross Baker: Is Bipartisanship Dead?: A Report from the Senate

Is Bipartisanship Dead? is a status report on the condition of bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate and includes material from candid, on-the-record interviews with a dozen Democrats and Republicans. The book explores the distinct differences in bipartisanship in Senate committees and on the floor of the chamber and highlights the role of party leaders in promoting or discouraging bipartisan efforts. The book also asks the important question–Is bipartisanship necessarily a good thing?–and provides examples of flawed bipartisan legislation along with the views of critics of bipartisanship. Finally, the book delivers a dispassionate analysis of the vital signs of bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate and examines the constraints on bipartisan action in an era of polarized politics.

About Ross Baker:

Professor Baker was a Research Associate at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. before coming to Rutgers.

He served on the staffs of Senators Walter F. Mondale, Birch Bayh, and Frank Church, and as a consultant to the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2000, he served as a senior adviser to Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vermont).

In 1992, Professor Baker was a Fulbright Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm. His articles in Swedish have appeared in Internationella Studier.

He is a member of the adjunct faculty of the Government Affairs Institute of Georgetown University.

SEGMENT 2:  Pulitizer Prize Winning Author David Cay Johnston on Apple’s i-Tax Dodge