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Read some great books in April...you'll be blooming!

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Not every match is made in the marriage mart...Some happen when you least expect it.

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Contemporary romance set in Seattle's Pioneer Square.

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MYSTERY PICK OF THE MONTH! –Library Journal (Starred Review)

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Journey to an irresistible town you’ll want to return to over and over again.

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She was the last woman he wanted in his life. . .and the one he needed the most.

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Romantic Times says The Bride Next Door “is a laugh out-loud, play-on-words dramathon…”

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Pursued by a dangerous terrorist, U.S. Deputy Marshal Casey Sloane, along with two other Marshals, put their lives on the line to deliver a federal witness to the FBI.


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Also by Thomas E. Mann:

It's Even Worse Than It Looks, September 2013
Paperback (reprint)
It's Even Worse Than It Looks, May 2012
The Broken Branch, August 2006
Party Lines, November 2005
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Also by Norman J. Ornstein:

It's Even Worse Than It Looks, September 2013
Paperback (reprint)
It's Even Worse Than It Looks, May 2012
The Broken Branch, August 2006

The Broken Branch
Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein

How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track

Oxford University Press
August 2006
288 pages
ISBN: 0195174461
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Non-Fiction | Non-Fiction Political

Congress is the first branch of government in the American system, write Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, but now it is a broken branch, damaged by partisan bickering and internal rancor. The Broken Branch offers both a brilliant diagnosis of the cause of Congressional decline and a much-needed blueprint for change, from two experts who understand politics and revere our institutions, but believe that Congress has become deeply dysfunctional.

Mann and Ornstein, two of the nations most renowned and judicious scholars of government and politics, bring to light the historical roots of Congresss current maladies, examining 40 years of uninterrupted Democratic control of the House and the stunning midterm election victory of 1994 that propelled Republicans into the majority in both House and Senate. The byproduct of that long and grueling but ultimately successful Republican campaign, the authors reveal, was a weakened institution bitterly divided between the parties. They highlight the dramatic shift in Congress from a highly decentralized, committee-based institution into a much more regimented one in which party increasingly trumps committee. The resultant changes in the policy process--the demise of regular order, the decline of deliberation, and the weakening of our system of checks and balances--have all compromised the role of Congress in the American Constitutional system. Indeed, Speaker Dennis Hastert has unabashedly stated that his primary responsibility is to pass the president's legislative program--identifying himself more as a lieutenant of the president than a steward of the house. From tax cuts to the war against Saddam Hussein to a Medicare prescription drug benefit, the legislative process has been bent to serve immediate presidential interests and have often resulted in poorly crafted and stealthily passed laws. Strong majority leadership in Congress, the authors conclude, led not to a vigorous exertion of congressional authority but to a general passivity in the face of executive power.

A vivid portrait of an institution that has fallen far from the aspirations of our Founding Fathers, The Broken Branch highlights the costs of a malfunctioning Congress to national policymaking, and outlines what must be done to repair the damage.

Media Buzz

Diane Rehm Show - NPR - February 14, 2012
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Diane Rehm Show - NPR - December 14, 2010
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On Point - September 7, 2010
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Diane Rehm Show - NPR - November 2, 2009
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - September 10, 2009
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - January 8, 2009
Lou Dobbs Tonight - November 12, 2008
Lou Dobbs Tonight - August 21, 2008
Lou Dobbs Tonight - March 13, 2008
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - December 11, 2007
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Anderson Cooper 360 - January 4, 2007
All Things Considered - January 4, 2007
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - November 14, 2006
Lou Dobbs Tonight - November 9, 2006
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - October 19, 2006
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - October 5, 2006
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - September 5, 2006
Good Morning America - September 4, 2006
Lou Dobbs Tonight - August 29, 2006
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - July 14, 2006
Charlie Rose - June 30, 2006


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