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Norm Ornstein is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal. His weekly columns also appear on TheAtlantic.com.

He spent 30 years as an election-eve analyst for CBS News, until he moved to be the on-air analyst for BBC News in 2012. For two decades, prior to joining National Journal, he wrote a weekly column called "Congress Inside Out" for Roll Call. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and other major publications, and regularly appears on television programs like The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, and Charlie Rose. At the 30th Anniversary party for The NewsHour, he was recognized as the most frequent guest over the thirty years.

His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future; Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy, both with Thomas E. Mann; and Debt and Taxes: How America Got Into Its Budget Mess and What to Do About It, with John H. Makin. The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, co-authored by Tom Mann, was published in August 2006 by Oxford University Press, with an updated edition in August 2008. It was picked both by The Washington Post and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as one of the best books of 2006. He and Tom Mann are co-authors of The New York Times bestseller It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, which was named Book of the Year by Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog, one of the ten best books on politics in 2012 by The New Yorker, and one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post.

In addition to his roles at National Journal and The Atlantic, Norm serves as resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Latest From Norm Ornstein

Road to Nowhere?

It remains to be seen whether this Congress will do the right thing by acting to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

The Existential Battle for the Soul of the GOP

What used to be widely seen as loony is now broadly accepted or tolerated by the Republican Party.

Politicized Court System Bodes Badly for Obamacare

Despite clear signs of health care reform's success, the Affordable Care Act faces a long road of legal hurdles ahead.

Specter of Gilded Age Tarnishes VA Reforms

Proposed reforms at Veterans Affairs hearken back to the dark days of the corrupt spoils system in government.

Crony Capitalism Has No Place in the Supreme Court

Despite the Hobby Lobby ruling, the word "corporation" is still nowhere to be found in the Constitution.

Congress Must Continue the Battle for Civil Rights

The 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act next week reminds us how much work Congress still has to protect it.

Setting the Record Straight on a Polarizing Debate

A Pew study shines a spotlight on how sharply parties have diverged, and it's crucial the public knows how this impacts their government.

Show More from Norm Ornstein

Road to Nowhere?

It remains to be seen whether this Congress will do the right thing by acting to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

The Existential Battle for the Soul of the GOP

What used to be widely seen as loony is now broadly accepted or tolerated by the Republican Party.

Politicized Court System Bodes Badly for Obamacare

Despite clear signs of health care reform's success, the Affordable Care Act faces a long road of legal hurdles ahead.

Specter of Gilded Age Tarnishes VA Reforms

Proposed reforms at Veterans Affairs hearken back to the dark days of the corrupt spoils system in government.

Crony Capitalism Has No Place in the Supreme Court

Despite the Hobby Lobby ruling, the word "corporation" is still nowhere to be found in the Constitution.

Congress Must Continue the Battle for Civil Rights

The 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act next week reminds us how much work Congress still has to protect it.

Setting the Record Straight on a Polarizing Debate

A Pew study shines a spotlight on how sharply parties have diverged, and it's crucial the public knows how this impacts their government.

Show More from Norm Ornstein