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Brooks and Marcus on American politics in 2020 and its impact on Democracy

New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Judy Woodruff to discuss the year in politics, including the failure of institutions, the long-awaited COVID relief bill, Georgia’s Senate runoffs, and the frailty of Democracy.

Judy Woodruff: And now, to help us break down the week in politics, we turn to the analysis of Brooks and Marcus. That’s New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus.

Hello to both of you. Not a lot of joy on this New Year’s Day, but we are really, really glad to see both of you. Thank you for being here. Let’s start, David, by looking back at — I’m sorry — at 2020 and lessons learned. I think we all agree it’s been a terrible year, thanks to the pandemic. But what do you — what are you taking away from it?

David Brooks: Yes, I wish I could come up with something good, but this was a year we sort of lost faith in ourselves. We were failed by our institutions, including the CDC and the FDA, big time. We were — failed each other. I mean, de Tocqueville […]

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