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WHY AMERICANS HATE POLITICS by E.J. Dionne Jr.

WHY AMERICANS HATE POLITICS

by E.J. Dionne Jr.

Simon & Schuster

430 pages; $22.95

For the past year or so, a group of conservative and liberal activists have been meeting quietly for dinner in Washington. Given the guest list, one might expect this parley to produce the sort of verbal food fight that typifies American political debate and alienates so many voters. But the New Paradigm Society, as the participants call their group, isn't looking for arguments; it is searching for bipartisan solutions to America's problems. The fact that they meet at all suggests a sort of harmonic convergence between those...

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