Former U.S. trade negotiator and senior U.S. Senate staffer Ira Shapiro talks about his recent book, “Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?” in a conversation moderated by David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group.
The book offers an expert’s account of some of the most prominent battles of the U.S. Senate in the past decade and lays out what must be done to restore the Senate’s lost luster.
Shapiro places the Senate at “ground zero for America’s political dysfunction” and argues that its decline has intensified the nation’s polarization.
During a career in Washington spanning 40 years, Shapiro held senior staff positions in the Senate, worked in several presidential campaigns and was general counsel and ambassador in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) during the Clinton administration.
Rubenstein is a philanthropist and business leader who co-founded The Carlyle Group in 1987. In 2016, he loaned the Newseum an original edition of The Pennsylvania Evening Post, featuring the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence. The newspaper is currently on display in the Newseum’s “1776 – Breaking News: Independence” exhibit.
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