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The political paralysis in Washington is often ascribed, depending on partisanship, to Republican obstructionism or President Barack Obama’s arrogance. But there are deeper causes. Both parties have had a hard time creating agendas that appeal across ideological, racial and ethnic lines.

There has been a fragmentation of power and purpose that transcends the defects of political leaders.

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