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Tribalism and core American values

We Americans are a cantankerous and argumentative lot. We hold vastly different political philosophies and policy preferences, and we increasingly inhabit alternate realities. Partisans routinely attack elected officials—especially presidents—who don’t share their preferences or otherwise meet their expectations. Politics as usual. Unpleasant and often unfair, but—hysteria and hyperbole notwithstanding—usually not a threat to the future […]

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KENNEDY: McConnell’s travesty

The Senate Republican health care bill rations care and massively increases everyone’s premiums in order to fund $300 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent of income earners. It robs the poor and gives to the rich.

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KENNEDY: Whistling in the dark

The rise of populism, increasing racial resentments and anti-immigrant rhetoric, the widening divide between flourishing cities populated with skilled workers and emptying rural areas pock-marked with abandoned factories and stores should be a wake-up call.

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KENNEDY: The elephant in the courtroom

Since Obama was elected, the Senate GOP has stubbornly resisted acting on the majority of Obama’s judicial nominees. According to the Federal Bar Association, vacancies in the district courts, where most federal judicial work gets done, are reaching crisis proportions: 65 seats on the district court bench and at least 90 vacancies throughout the Article III courts. That’s more than 10 percent of the federal judiciary.

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