Understanding Polarized Politics in AmericaIn Lanny Davis' new book, Scandal: How "Gotcha" Politics Is Destroying America, he argues that for more than four decades, American politics has been driven by partisan politicians, extremists on the left and right, and a sensationalist media energized by bringing public officials down. Davis, who has been in the belly of the beast as Special Counsel to the Clinton White House, explains - starting with historical scandals like Alexander Hamilton's extramarital affairs and moving on to the unsurpassable Watergate and beyond - how we reached this sorry state. Davis tells us how this poisonous atmosphere is damaging not just politics, but American society as a whole.Lanny Davis served as Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1996-98. In 2005, President Bush appointed Mr. Davis to serve on the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Davis has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, MSNBC, and CNN, and his writings have appeared in The New York Times. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe and author of Truth to Tell.The World Affairs Council was founded in 1947 out of the interest generated by the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945. With over 10,000 members, they are the largest international affairs organization on the west coast.moreless
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