Gridlock's growing victims

    In an election year, there are always winners and losers. Rarely, however, are there so many victims.

    Legislative gridlock, which was already bad enough, has devolved into a cynical, poisoned stasis. With a few obvious votes, Congress could improve the lives of millions of people -- the unemployed, the undocumented, the uninsured.  But instead of being helped, those in need are punished for reasons that are nakedly political.

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