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Patt Morrison for July 5, 2012




Lilyan Maitan stands in a voting booth during the Republican primary election April 24, 2012 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Lilyan Maitan stands in a voting booth during the Republican primary election April 24, 2012 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Why do we put so much faith in democracy but so little in its actual workings? And how have we come to hate, not just the positions of those who oppose us, but the people themselves, calling them treasonous and un-American? The astute political writer E.J. Dionne on "Our Divided Political heart." Family dinners are supposed to be the panacea for what ails us as a nation – is that Norman Rockwell tableau all it’s cracked up to be?