Noted political analyst and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ron Brownstein will explore the state of each party today and what’s next for America’s major political parties. He will also combine an assessment of the electoral environment with an analysis of the challenges that await the new or incumbent President. Brownstein is a senior political and election analyst for CNN and ABC. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize twice, for his coverage of the 1996 and 2004 presidential elections. He appears regularly in the Atlantic, National Journal and the Los Angeles Times, where he served as national political correspondent and columnist. He also served as chief political correspondent and columnist for U.S. News and World Report. He is author or editor of six books, including The Power and The Glitter: The Hollywood-Washington Connection and Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival (co-authored with Dan Balz). Washington and Polarized America, was named one of “ten books to curl up with” for 2007 by the New York Times. His articles on politics, public policy, books and culture have also appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines.