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September 30th, 2011
04:44 PM ET

Jeffrey Toobin: The government 'doesn't look broken to me'

As part of our In Depth: Broken Government series, Jeffrey Toobin writes that what looks like a fractured political system is really just America struggling to always agree while disagreeing, which is often neither possible nor desirable in a democracy. He says that there are just no right answers in government anymore.

Toobin says groups like No Labels don't get it. Labels matter and the middle of the road isn't always where you should be. Democrats and Republicans have principled differences. It's not broken, it's struggling.

Jeffrey Toobin talks to American Morning about why he insists there are no "right answers" in government.

Filed under: Broken Government • Politics
September 29th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Broken government: What needs to be done to turn it around?

All week, CNN has gone in-depth to look at America's broken government. Political analyst David Gergen believes that the moderate center is being hollowed out, as voters take more extreme stances and old civic ties fade.

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, a Democrat, suggests that Congress should suspend elections for 2 years so members stop thinking about getting re-elected and start working together to find solutions for the country. Navarette uses this as a bouncing point in his piece that gives ten reasons as to why our government is broken.

David Gergen and Ruben Navarrette join American Morning today to talk about why they describe the government as broken and what the government and the American people need to do to put it back together again.

Filed under: Broken Government • Politics
July 13th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

State in Crisis: The status of the Minnesota government shut down

Minnesota is in its second week of a budget shutdown and thousands of state employees are at home without pay.

The services provided by the Minnesota government have ceased, with road projects on pause and parks closed until the state reaches a deal on a new budget.

Today on American Morning, Lori Sturdevant, columnist and editorial writer for The Minneapolis Star Tribune, joins Kiran Chetry to talk about the impact the shutdown has had on the state and to discuss what it is going to take to get the budget passed.

Filed under: Broken Government • Budget • States in Crisis
March 4th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Is the filibuster busted?

(CNN) – A late-night vote in the Senate this week is putting an old-school tactic back in the spotlight: the filibuster. But we didn't see hours of talking-on-end and there were no senators napping on cots.

So what's changed? Has the filibuster lost its political punch? Our Jim Acosta has the report for our original series, "Broken Government."

Filed under: Broken Government • Politics
February 26th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Broken Government: Town says chemicals sicken

Editor's Note: All this week in our special series "Broken Government," CNN is taking a hard look at our nation's government; the frustrating problems and the potential solutions. Today, our Dr. Sanjay Gupta heads to a small community, now surrounded by 14 chemical plants spewing cancer-causing waste. Why has it taken the government's environmental watchdog a decade to get involved?

(CNN) – All week long, we have been investigating our broken government. Today, we focus on the environment. Specifically, one town's fears that pollution from nearby chemical plants is making them sick.

Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the story of Mossville, Louisiana, and the government's failure to respond to their cries for help.

Read more: Toxic town 'like an experiment'

Filed under: Broken Government • Environment
February 26th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Broken Government: Cheap care for uninsured

Right now, lawmakers in Washington are spinning their wheels while health care costs sky-rocket. Millions of people are living without insurance. And it's not just the unemployed.

There's a growing number of working Americans who can't afford to be insured. Our David Mattingly has this AM original report about some people in New Orleans who are finding creative ways to get medical help – without paying hefty premiums.

Related: Analysts: Health summit a 'spectacle'

Filed under: Broken Government • Health
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