Pool of Moderates in Congress Is Shrinking

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A potent combination of Congressional redistricting, retirements of fed-up lawmakers and campaign spending by special interests is pushing out moderate members of both parties, leaving a shrinking corps of consensus builders. The dearth of moderates means it will be even harder next year for Congress -- which failed to put together even mundane measures like farm and highway legislation without a massive fight this session -- to pass bills.

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