A two-year study of broken politics in America

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President Trump delivers the 2018 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg via Getty Images

After more than two years of exploring why American politics is so broken, Jon Ward of Yahoo News today posts his conclusion: weakened political parties, driven by “the deeper issue of a loss of understanding even of what institutions are and why they exist.”

The bottom line: “Populism is popular these days, and many Americans want to make the political system more fair. … But … anti-party reforms have gone too far and are now having a multitude of negative impacts.”

  • “People blame dysfunction on the establishment and call for more reform. The reform further weakens the ability of parties and party leaders and increases dysfunction and…

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