An Ethically-Challenged Capital City?

An Ethically-Challenged Capital City?

We explore whether Washington has become an ethically-challenged city.

Democrats regained control of Congress four years ago after several high-profile scandals damaged the Republican brand. The GOP is looking to return the favor in 2010 now that ethical issues involving Democrats are feeding into an already anti-Washington political climate. We explore why so many people see Washington as an "ethically-challenged" city, and why solutions may require a lot more than new lobbying rules or earmarking guidelines.

Guests

James Thurber

Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University

Janine Wedel

Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University; Author, "Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market" (Basic Books)

Dana Milbank

"Washington Sketch" Columnist, "The Washington Post"; Author, "O is for Obama" (Triumph) and "Homo Politicus: The Strange and Scary Tribes that run our Government" (Doubleday)

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