Divided Nation

A series examining the issues that polarize the American electorate.

Divided Nation

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/06dividednationpacs_ConradA.jpg In national politics, big money drowning out everyone else

The way democracy is practiced is being redefined. To some, it is a breakthrough for free speech; to others, a threat to fair elections.

Divided Nation

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/27/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/150724-DividedWisconsin-Wallin-016-1A.jpg Rise of activist investing is felt at century-old firm

Investors saw an opportunity, but the CEO of a Wisconsin paper company saw a threat to his operation and workers.

Divided Nation

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As Senator Rubio runs for president in the GOP primary, he has almost completely purged immigration from his political vocabulary.

Divided Nation

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/29/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/11112011_11natmover2-8093955.jpg Feast for investors sells workers short

As US companies spend billions repurchasing shares, their employees and the economy may pay the price.

Divided Nation

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/26/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/helm150-1415.jpg Suspicion of US government reaches a new level in Texas

The conflict about the Jade Helm 15 exercise illustrates some of the most confounding political divisions in the country.

Divided Nation

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/06/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/_MG_6507A-1702--90x90.jpg Richmond split over Confederate history

In the capital of the Confederacy, calls are rising to properly memorialize the slave trade.

 Principal Beryl New of Highland Park High School says the school’s funding is “a blatant economic status issue.”

REX WOLF FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Divided Nation

Old battle lines drawn anew in Kansas

In the state where “separate but equal” died, the governor’s bet on supply-side economics imperils school gains.

Divided Nation

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/18/BostonGlobe.com/National/Advance/Images/150307_karla_juan_010A.jpg A look at nation’s vast wealth gap, in sharp relief

The chasm between the super-rich and the working poor is widely seen as the greatest division in America. Yet there is no consensus on what to do.

Divided Nation

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/22/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/lleArkansas,TimMcKinney,workingonasaturdayatCityHall.Heopposesthereligiousfreedombillbecausehesaysitdiscriminatesagainsthisviewsonequalrights-2A[1].jpg In Ark., a complex divide on religious freedom, gay rights

Residents in two towns in Arkansas are grappling with how to balance personal conviction and same-sex marriage.

Power Lines

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/capital.jpg The Business of Influence

A series examining the ways industry, lobbyists, and academia influence government decision-making, from the Globe’s Washington bureau.

Ground Game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/07/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/2015-08-07T012432Z_382773491_TB3EB8703WL47_RTRMADP_3_USA-ELECTION-REPUBLICANS[1]-8417.jpg 7 key moments from the Republican presidential debate

Fox News hosted the GOP’s first primary debate on Thursday. Here are the evening’s top moments.