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Politics

Broken City

Ideas abound for breaking logjam, but D.C. isn’t listening

Viewing the current stalemate as a grave threat to American democracy, political scientists and other experts offer ways to limit the sway of campaign money, extreme factions, and take no prisoners partisanship. In some places, such alternatives are already working.

Last in a series.

On the October day that Congress nearly defaulted on the national debt, two dozen of the nation’s top political scientists gathered privately in California to discuss what they viewed as one of the greatest crises in the nation’s history. American democracy, they believed, was at grave risk, and something had to be done.

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