Twitter Chat: Is Washington Capable of Solving the Challenges the Country Faces Today?

BY Bridget Shirvell  August 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM EST

The PBS NewsHour holds live Twitter chats each Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT. Join us on Twitter @NewsHour using the hashtag #NewsHourChats. Photo of U.S. Capitol by Larisa Epatko/PBS NewsHour.

Complaining about Washington gridlock is as much an American pastime as baseball. Poll after poll regularly shows Americans are unhappy with Congress.

Over the past two weeks, the PBS NewsHour has looked at governing in Washington from historical and cultural perspectives. On Thursday, Aug. 29, we took the conversation on Washington gridlock to Twitter. During our Twitter chat we discussed whether Washington is more divided than in the past, who is the most to blame for the gridlock, what it will take to break the gridlock and if Washington is capable of solving the challenges the country faces today.

See a transcript below and join us on Sept. 5, for another Twitter chat on education and paying for college.