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Analysts: Is Dysfunction the New Normal in U.S. Politics?

As the U.S. political crisis over funding the federal government moves into a second week, some analysts are wondering whether paralyzing gridlock and dysfunction have become “the new normal” in American politics.    Frustration among the principals on both sides appears to be growing as the government shutdown drags on here in Washington.    Republican House Speaker John Boehner is hoping the shutdown will eventually bring President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies ...

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