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  1. Why Rural America Controls the Debates Over Guns and ImmigrationOur constitutional system gives disproportionate influence to the nonmetro areas that control the party controlling Washington.
  2. The Trump-Democratic Fiscal Deal Puts The Lid Back On A Boiling PotTrump’s fiscal deal with Democrats really just put off a manufactured crisis. The problems the GOP faces in enacting a tax bill haven’t gone away.
  3. Where Would We Be Politically If Hillary Clinton Had Won?D.C. might still be revolving around legislative gridlock and investigations. But the electoral landscape would be very different.
  4. Donald Trump Has Turned Republican Voters Against Paul RyanRyan’s favorability with Republicans has fallen 28 points in one week, into negative territory. That does not bode well for American politics in 2017.
  5. Will Republican Voters Help Usher in an Imperial Clinton Presidency?The campaign to promote split-ticket voting to “restrain” Hillary Clinton could produce more gridlock and then, inevitably, expanded executive powers.
  6. Some ‘Rigging’ Is Necessary to Make Our Political System WorkA government needs some rule-bending to get anything done at all.
  7. The No-Mandate ElectionBecause members of both parties will be full of excuses if they lose, this year’s election probably won’t resolve a lot. 
  8. What Does It Mean That the S&P Downgraded the U.S. Credit Outlook to Negative?Is the S&P “simply blowing it again”?
  9. Obama Admits That He Gets ‘Discouraged’ SometimesHe admits to ‘60 Minutes’ that fixing the economy is hard!
  10. Talk Box: It’s Already Over for Democrats (on Cable News)Plus, the Washington ‘Post”s Eugene Robinson and Keith Olbermann see gridlock as a political “wet dream” for Barack Obama.