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Tom Cole

Trump and Sanders surge, Congress stalls, voters seethe

WASHINGTON In this summer of political gloom, the drumbeat from the American heartland to Washington has been relentless: Fix the economy. Fix the immigration system. Talk to each other. It's one reason why political insurgents Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders have become the raging bulls of the 2016 presidential race and the political stories of the summer. But it's business as usual on Capitol Hill, where too-common political Band-Aids and fiery appeals to narrow constituencies trump thoughtful debate and long-term solutions. Congress did pass a piece of legislation Thursday, to fund transportation and infrastructure. Few would dispute it's been a festering sore...

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