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September 30, 2013 8:38 PM This Is Not Just About Polarization

We are now just hours from a possible government shutdown and just days from a possible debt crisis. James Fallows has a nice piece up explaining that these situations are not simply the result of "gridlock," despite many journalists'...

By Seth Masket

September 24, 2013 11:13 AM Here's How a Bill Can Be Divisive Without Being Partisan

Derek Thompson has a new piece up at the Atlantic claiming that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the Obama stimulus) are the "most divisive" pieces of legislation in modern American history. He draws...

By Seth Masket

September 20, 2013 10:19 AM House Republicans Are Polarized, not Partisan

On Wednesday Ezra Klein posted a really smart take on the GOP’s budget strategy: they face a collective-action problem in that the position that is politically beneficial to most House Republicans as individuals (no budget without Obamacare repeal!) is a politically...

By Gregory Koger

September 11, 2013 8:41 AM Yes, Of Course It's OK to Speculate About Syria and 2016.

This again? I'm hearing all sorts of complaints about people speculating about how the Syria matter will affect the 2016 elections. If we're talking general election -- I'm with you. Pending an enormous policy disaster, and perhaps even if there...

By Jonathan Bernstein

September 10, 2013 11:51 AM Are American Political Parties Getting Weaker?

Alexander Burns and John F. Harris tell us that the Syria matter has exposed the "weakness" of several institutions...I'll only pay attention to the one I know best: the parties. Here's what Politico would have us believe: The diminishment of...

By Jonathan Bernstein