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Column: In Washington, compromise's embers flicker

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Every election year, they become the popular ones, the celebrities with the power to hire or fire politicians. Then, when actual governing begins, they become the forgotten ones -- jilted wallflowers watching as the leaders they elected are devoured into a political system dominated by extremes. These middle-of-the-road American voters feel betrayed, and many grow cynical....

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