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The Obameter: The promise of bipartisanship falls to bitterness

Jan 12, 2017

(This article from PolitiFact is reprinted here because of a collaboration between Reboot Illinois and the Pulitzer Prize-winning national website PolitiFact. For fact checks reported as part of this partnership, visit the PolitiFact Illinois  website.)

Barack Obama bit off more than he could chew when he promised to “turn the page” on partisanship and bring Democrats and Republicans together.

To pull that off, he needed to reverse 30 years of increasing polarization. He didn’t.

There is data that shows the problem got worse during his presidency. A group of academics backed by the National Science Foundation tracked the partisan leanings of each member…

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