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The political divide in Washington is as nasty as I’ve ever seen it. The tea party-pandering Republican Party has brought the nation’s capital to a standstill—and nearly pushed the nation into another financial crisis. With the nation facing a series of challenges—a stalled economy, flat (or falling) incomes for those in the middle or the bottom, a troubled education system, out-of-date infrastructure—there seems little chance the political system can produce policies that address these serious problems. But the tea party types and their conservative corporate backers don’t mind. They’re rooting for gridlock that gums up and discredits the government.

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