Featuring Mickey Edwards, Vice President and Director, Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, The Aspen Institute; Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Co-author, "The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How To Get It Back On Track."
Moderator: Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO, National Constitution Center
Mickey Edwards was a member of Congress for 16 years, serving on the House Budget and Appropriations Committees and as a chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee.
After leaving Congress he taught for 11 years at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government before moving on first to Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and then back to Washington, DC, as vice president of the Aspen Institute, where he directs a bipartisan fellowship for elected public officials.
Edwards, who grew up in Oklahoma City, has degrees in both law and journalism. He began his career as a newspaper editor and reporter and later won awards in advertising and public relations before being elected to Congress. While teaching at Harvard he returned to journalism as a weekly political columnist for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times and broadcast a weekly commentary on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered".
Edwards is a board member of both the Constitution Project, where he has chaired task forces on judicial independence and the war power, and the Project on Government Oversight. He was a member of the American Bar Association's select task foce on the use of presidential signing statements and the American Society of International Law's task force on the International Criminal Court and has chaired policy task forces for both the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Among his books are "Reclaiming Conservatism", published in 2008 by Oxford University Press, and "The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans", published in 2013 by Yale University Press. His articles have appeared frequently in publications ranging from the New York Times and the Washington Post to Daedalus, The Public Interest, and the Atlantic. He is a frequent public speaker and has been a guest on many of the nation's leading radio and television news and opinion broadcasts.
Norman Ornstein is resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington D.C. think tank. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold that reformed the campaign financing system. His books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (AEI Press, 2000); The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas E. Mann (Oxford University Press, 2006); and, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, also with Tom Mann, (Basic Books 2012).
Jeffrey Rosen is President and CEO of the National Constitution Center. He is also a Professor of Law at
The George Washington University Law School, and a Contributing Editor of The Atlantic.
Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, and Yale Law School. His new book, Louis D.
Brandeis: American Prophet, was published on June 1, 2016, the 100th anniversary of Brandeis's
Supreme Court confirmation. His other books include The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries
that Defined America, the best-selling companion book to the award-winning PBS series; The Most
Democratic Branch: How the Courts Serve America; The Naked Crowd: Freedom and Security in an
Anxious Age; and The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America, which The New York Times
called the definitive text in privacy perils in the digital age. Rosen is coeditor, with Benjamin Wittes, of
Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change, the proceedings of the Brookings Project on
Technology and the Constitution.
His essays and commentaries have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, on National
Public Radio, in the New Republic, where he was the legal affairs editor, and in The New Yorker, where
he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the ten best magazine journalists in
America, and the Los Angeles Times called him the nation's most widely read and influential legal