Scandals Raise Questions over Congressional Ethics Congress is roiled with political scandals in both the House and the Senate, from bribery to influence peddling to illegal campaign contributions. Are ethical breaches a fact of life on Capitol Hill, or a new way of doing the people's business?
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Scandals Raise Questions over Congressional Ethics

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Scandals Raise Questions over Congressional Ethics

Scandals Raise Questions over Congressional Ethics

Scandals Raise Questions over Congressional Ethics

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Congress is roiled with political scandals in both the House and the Senate, from bribery to influence peddling to illegal campaign contributions. Are ethical breaches a fact of life on Capitol Hill, or a new way of doing the people's business?

Guests:

Peter Overby, NPR correspondent covering power, money and influence

Julian Zelizer, history professor at Boston University, author of "On Capitol Hill: The Struggle to Reform Congress and its Consequences, 1948 - 2000, and editor of The American Congress: The Building of Democracy

Jean Bethke Elshtain, professor of social and political ethics at the University of Chicago and author of Democracy of Trial