In Washington, D.C., “the new normal” is not normal: discarding of presidential and democratic norms; constant challenges to the constitution and consequential court decisions; investigations; “scorched earth” politics; cultural wars and racial divisions; a deeply entrenched base and polarized electorate, political party fissures; Twitter blasts announcing and then reversing national and foreign policy; bluff and bombast creating a head-spinning time processing the 24/7 breaking news cycle. In “Washington Week,” we try to
make sense of it all by providing a forum for discussion of the week’s news, focusing on, but not limited to, our nation’s Capitol. OLLI members are empowered to research and share perspectives on the federal government and other national issues. In the first hour, after a brief introduction to the law or agencies involved, we engage in an in-depth discussion of a major issue, such as immigration reform or income inequality. The second hour of this fast-paced study group is devoted to current hot news stories selected
by the class. Members are expected to be (or become) keen observers of national news through many different sources. Weekly reading assignments and topics will be provided. Differing points of view are respectfully welcomed and are necessary to the success of this study group.