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Sol Erdman

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Taming the Savagery of American Politics

(6) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 6:05 PM

Though nearly all of us resonated with President Obama's call for civility last week, we know that Washington will soon descend into the usual vitriol. For that, most of us blame our politicians, the voters who elected them or the media. But if any of the above were the true...

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Today's Politics of Invalidation

(124) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 8:31 AM

My brother, a lifelong liberal, is furious about the latest election. Republicans, he says, captured the House by demonizing Barack Obama with lies: portraying him as a socialist and blaming him for our crippled economy.

My brother could, of course, deal with his anger by demonizing conservatives....

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Obama Could Still Heal America

(120) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 9:44 AM

Bloodied by Tuesday's election, Barack Obama can still achieve the grand objectives that once captivated Americans across the political spectrum. He can still unite this fractured country. He can still coax politicians from opposing camps to resolve the massive problems that America must resolve.

He just can't make headway toward...

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Will Our Politicians Ever Do the Right Thing?

(35) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 6:27 PM

Graphic insults can win elections. Sensible policy decisions often don't. At least, that's how American politics works today. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have clearly concluded that the surest way to win seats in November is to paint the other side as despicable. And soon after this election, most lawmakers...

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