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How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans – Magazine – The Atlantic

How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans – Magazine – The Atlantic.

How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans

An insider’s six-step plan to fix Congress

By Mickey Edwards

Angry and frustrated, American voters went to the polls in November 2010 to “take back” their country. Just as they had done in 2008. And 2006. And repeatedly for decades, whether it was Republicans or Democrats from whom they were taking the country back. No matter who was put in charge, things didn’t get better. They won’t this time, either; spending levels may go down, taxes may go up, budgets will change, but American government will go on the way it has, not as a collective enterprise but as a battle between warring tribes.

If we are truly a democracy—if voters get to size up candidates for a public office and choose the one they want—why don’t the elections seem to change anything? […]
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A way out of our dysfunctional politics – The Washington Post

A way out of our dysfunctional politics – The Washington Post.

Fareed Zakaria
Opinion Writer

A way out of our dysfunctional politics

In the standoff over the debt crisis, it’s easy to point the finger at the Tea Party. Even conservative commentators have argued that its uncompromising ideology is at the heart of the problem. But there have often been strong ideological movements in American politics, represented by politicians such as William Jennings Bryan, Barry Goldwater and George McGovern. Yet between elections, people still found ways to compromise and govern. What has steadily changed over the past three or four decades is not so much the ideological intensity (though it has grown) but the structure of politics, making it more beholden to narrow, specialized interests — including ideological ones — rather than broader national ones.

There was no golden age in Washington when people were more high-
minded than they are today. But 40 years ago, the rules and organizing framework of politics made it easier for the two parties to work together. Since then, a series of changes has led to the narrowcasting of American politics. […]

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Republicans Are Signing Away the Right to Govern – NYTimes.com

Republicans Are Signing Away the Right to Govern – NYTimes.com.

Editorial

Signing Away the Right to Govern

It used to be that a sworn oath to preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution was the only promise required to become president. But that
no longer seems to be enough for a growing number of Republican
interest groups, who are demanding that presidential candidates sign pledges
shackling them to the corners of conservative ideology. Many candidates
are going along, and each pledge they sign undermines the basic
principle of democratic government built on compromise and negotiation.

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They, Too, Sing America – NYTimes.com

They, Too, Sing America – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Columnist

They, Too, Sing America

Last week I spent a few days in the Deep South — a thousand miles from the moneyed canyons of Manhattan and the prattle of Washington politics — talking to everyday people, blue-collar workers, people not trying to win the future so much as survive the present.

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The Mexican-American Boom: Births Overtake Immigration – Pew Hispanic Center

The Mexican-American Boom: Births Overtake Immigration – Pew Hispanic Center.

Births have surpassed immigration as the main driver of the dynamic growth in the U.S. Hispanic population. This new trend is especially evident among the largest of all Hispanic groups-Mexican-Americans, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

In the decade from 2000 to 2010, the Mexican-American population grew by 7.2 million as a result of births and 4.2 million as a result of new immigrant arrivals. This is a change from the previous two decades when the number of new immigrants either matched or exceeded the number of births.

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Minnesota government shutdown: Miller-Coors forced to recall beer

Minnesota government shutdown: Miller-Coors forced to recall beer.

Minnesota Shutdown Forces Beer Recall

No “silver bullet” for budget impasse as Miller-Coors pulls products.

Minnesota’s government shutdown has entered a sobering new phase.

Two weeks after the state’s political leaders missed a deadline to resolve their differences over the budget, the state’s Public Safety Department told local reporters that the beer conglomerate Miller-Coors would be forced to pull its wares from stores statewide. It seems the country’s second-largest beer conglomerate neglected to renew the paperwork required to distribute its 39 brands of cold ones within the state before the July 1 shutdown (a claim company reps dispute). Now it’s too late.

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Sex, Violence and the Supreme Court – NYTimes.com

Sex, Violence and the Supreme Court – NYTimes.com.

July 7, 2011, 8:30 pm

Sex and the Supremes

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Let’s Talk About Redistricting – NYTimes.com

Let’s Talk About Redistricting – NYTimes.com.

FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver’s Political Calculus

June 19, 2011, 9:49 am

Let’s Talk About Redistricting

The following is an edited transcript of an interview with David Wasserman, the House editor of The Cook Political Report. Mr. Wasserman is Cook’s resident redistricting expert and the author of “Better Know a District,” the The Cook Political Report’s 2012 redistricting outlook. (Readers might also want to check out Cook’s redistricting scorecard for background).

We will post the conversation in two parts, this being Part 1, which focuses on the more general aspects of redistricting. Part 2 will focus on more granular details at the state and local level. The interview was conducted by Nate Silver and Micah Cohen.

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Behind the Republican Resistance to Compromise – NYTimes.com

Behind the Republican Resistance to Compromise – NYTimes.com.

FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver’s Political Calculus

July 7, 2011, 10:17 am

Why the Republicans Resist Compromise

The chart that I’m going to show you is one of the more important ones that we’ve presented at FiveThirtyEight in some time. It helps explain a lot of what’s going on in American politics today, from the negotiations over the federal debt ceiling to the Republican presidential primaries. And it’s pretty simple, really, although it took me some time to track down the data.

Here’s what the chart will show: The Republican Party is dependent, to an extent unprecedented in recent political history, on a single ideological group. That group, of course, is conservatives. It isn’t a bad thing to be in favor with conservatives: by some definitions they make up about 40 percent of voters. But the terms ‘Republican’ and ‘conservative’ are growing closer and closer to being synonyms; fewer and fewer nonconservatives vote Republican, and fewer and fewer Republican voters are not conservative.

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Some With Histories of Mental Illness Petition to Get Their Gun Rights Back – NYTimes.com

Some With Histories of Mental Illness Petition to Get Their Gun Rights Back – NYTimes.com.

PULASKI, Va. — In May 2009, Sam French hit bottom, once again. A relative found him face down in his carport “talking gibberish,” according to court records. He later told medical personnel that he had been conversing with a bear in his backyard and hearing voices. His family figured he had gone off his medication for bipolar disorder, and a judge ordered him involuntarily committed — the fourth time in five years he had been hospitalized by court order.

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