Some of the biggest challenges facing this nation – reducing debt, fixing Social Security, reforming immigration policy – can’t be done unless Democrats and Republicans work together. Yet partisanship in Washington is at its worst level in decades. The two parties rarely agree on minor matters, let alone on the bigger problems that require hard work and political risk-taking. The crisis has grown worse partly because the more partisan voters in both parties have been voting out lawmakers whom they view as too cooperative with the opposition. The systematic weeding out of moderate lawmakers makes compromise more difficult.
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