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The Politics of US is a special 2016 election project, which reflects our belief that changing American politics begins with changing ourselves.

For 10 weeks, the Monitor will present some of the most polarized issues of our day in unorthodox ways through our weekly Politics newsletter. We’re also working with our partners at AllSides.com and Living Room Conversations, who will be providing innovative forums – online and in person – for Americans of all stripes to come together and understand better how others see these issues.

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  • The Politics of US series: National reconciliation

    Part 10 in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This final installment looks at the opportunity for national reconciliation and the challenges to be overcome.

  • The Politics of US series: Bridging divides

    Ninth in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment looks at pockets of America where civility is prevailing.

  • The Politics of US series: Obamacare

    Eighth in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment looks at why Obamacare is so controversial, and costly.

  • The Politics of US series: Illegal immigration

    Seventh in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment looks at how feasible Trump's Wall is, what it symbolizes, and what the alternatives are.

  • Inhabit The Politics of US series: Climate change

    Sixth in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment examines why the partisan divide on climate change has widened in recent years. 

  • The Politics of US series: Muslim refugees and national security

    Fifth in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment explores whether the US is striking the right balance between security and liberty in vetting Muslim refugees.

  • The Politics of US series: Race

    Fourth in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment explores how to bridge the racial divide that has erupted in a slew of police killings and protests.

  • The Politics of US series: Trade

    Third in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment explores how much is left out of the national conversation about trade.

  • The Politics of US series: The shrinking middle class

    Second in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment looks at how – despite good news Tuesday – the decline of the middle class is recasting politics. 

  • The Politics of US series: Guns

    First in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment examines the perceptions surrounding guns, gun violence, and the gun-control debate.