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Posted by John Fernandes on March 08, 2016 at 2:54 PM

What's the Answer to Political Polarization in the U.S.?

This article was written by Russell Berman for TheAtlantic.com.

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In modern politics, nothing brings people together more than talking about how far apart they are.

Twelve years ago, a speech denouncing political polarization thrust Barack Obama into the national spotlight, and that very premise will outlast him when he leaves the White House next January.

The American public is divided—over economic policy, social policy, foreign policy, race, privacy and national security, and many other things. A host of factors, from partisan gerrymandering to exclusionary party primaries, are driving them further apart. Here we break down those factors behind our polarized politics, along with some of the most common proposals to fix it.

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