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Searching for Decency in US Politics

Joe Raedle
Visitors to the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC, take in the sights Tuesday near the painting depicting the moment on June 28, 1776, when the first draft of the Declaration of Independence was presented to the Second Continental Congress. Today, in the Capitol, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is trying to secure the 217 votes needed to become House speaker.

The bipartisan spirit of vengeance and extremism now animating US politics threatens to turn America into the superpower version of those unhappy places where seeking high office can land you in prison.