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Obama? Romney? How about both?

The strange but serious case for a two-headed American executive branch, and what it says about our broken system

The race for the American presidency is a contest unique in its stakes, ferocity, and cost. Whoever prevails becomes the single most powerful person in the country—the one who gets to move into the White House, the one who gets to stand before the nation every January and deliver the State of the Union address. The winner wins alone: That’s why there’s one big desk in the Oval Office. That’s why there’s one executive suite in Air Force One.

Now imagine there were two. Two big desks. Two sets of keys to Camp David. Two presidents, instead of just one. And imagine that made everything about our government work better.

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