Politics

How to end political gridlock on Capitol Hill

"Gridlock" is a term that went from engineering jargon to everyday lingo during a transit strike in 1980. Now it's used more to describe the situation on Capitol Hill, with partisan rancor holding up major legislation. We find out how stuck Congress really is and look at new ways to break the deadlock.

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We hear from Nate Persily, a professor of law and political science at Columbia University and William Ury, co-founder of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard and co-author of the bestseller "Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In."