This summer issue of the Carl Albert magazine is filled with good articles about the devastating effects of hyper-partisanship and the abandonment of a reasonable and realistic approach to the annual budget process. You can see the entire issue on the Carl Albert website. Be sure to read the introduction to this issue by Ron Peters, the director of the Carl Albert Center and editor of EXTENTIONS. Ron is one of the most thoughtful scholars of Congress you will ever find. His introduction sets the context of the current crisis in historical perspective and he has some very interesting things to say about the earmark process, which is much maligned at present.