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“The Republican Party stands on an ever-narrowing base of older, whiter, more rural voters, whom it regards as ‘the real America’”

In the first week of October, America’s national parks, museums, and war cemeteries closed. The military reserve cancelled training drills, 90 per cent of Internal Revenue Service workers were sent home, Wall Street regulation was put on hold, the National Institute of Health stopped giving grants and locked out new patients from clinical trials, trade talks in Europe were suspended and negotiations with Iran no longer had the necessary…

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