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January 13, 2016

Former Majority Leaders Lott, Daschle discuss how to overcome broken politics in Washington with Mike Barnicle

Former Majority Leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle discuss reaching across the aisle to make the Senate work, and their soon-to-be released book Crisis Point.

BOSTON – On Thursday, January 21st, former Senate Majority Leaders Trent Lott (R-MS) and Tom Daschle (D-SD) will come together at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for a discussion on their recent book Crisis Point, and in the words of Senators Lott and Daschle – “why we must, and how we can, overcome our broken politics in Washington and across America.” The EMK Institute’s Across the Aisle series brings together government leaders from different political parties to discuss how to find common ground on issues of both local and national importance.

This is the first Across the Aisle event of the New Year. Previous programs have included discussions with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT), Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), as well as Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on issues from the opioid epidemic to criminal justice reform.

WHO: Moderated by award-winning print and broadcast journalist Mike Barnicle Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD)

WHAT: A bipartisan discussion with former Senate Majority Leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle on overcoming broken politics in Washington, moderated by Mike Barnicle.

WHEN: Thursday January 21st, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Book signing to follow.

WHERE: Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate – Columbia Point – Boston, MA 02125

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About Across the Aisle Series

The Institute’s Across the Aisle series brings together government leaders with disparate ideologies and from different political parties who are collaborating on a common cause. In a moderated discussion, Across the Aisle highlights the type of civil discourse, negotiation, collaboration, and leadership that leads to solutions for pressing problems. The Series features Members of Congress and other elected officials to discuss both national and local issues.

About the Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Since opening in March of 2015 the Institute has hosted nearly 10,000 students from across the Commonwealth, and has hosted public programming events in both Boston and Washington, DC that have included speakers from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to Congressman John Lewis, to Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez.

The Institute is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities. It is a dynamic center of learning and engagement that uses innovative technology to provide each visitor with an information-rich, personalized experience that brings important historical and current debates to life. To learn more about the EMK Institute, please visit

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