Historians, authors dispute what is to blame for killing compromise

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Washington's political culture and the corrosive impact of money on politics are killing compromise, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says.

"Even in LBJ's time, Republicans and Democrats stayed there on the weekends. They weren't running home to raise money," she said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation." "Money is the poison in the system, we can never forget that, I think."
Kearns Goodwin also pointed to the effect of the 24-hour news cycle in the deterioration of Washington culture.
"You have the television that honors people who are extremists on either side. You've got districts that are so apportioned.  So the political culture has to change somehow," she said. "So maybe we do need to just put them all together in a room and not let them out."...

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