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Op-eds of the Week: Smarter dialogue and a fair census

Our weekly op-ed highlight reel

News is the heart of what we're about. But The Fulcrum is also a forum for debate about what's ailing American democracy and what could make the system healthier. So here are the most provocative opinion pieces we've posted this week.

When progress is gridlocked, more talking can help

So many of our fellow citizens don't realize how sticking to tribal positions — including the conclusion that someone who disagrees with them is morally deficient — actually makes it harder to solve our problems, according to Bruce Bond and Erik Olsen of the Common Ground Committee.

Stuck abroad, with no good reason why I'm not counted in the census

Should Americans living overseas be included in the decennial population count? Former Republican Party statistician and longtime congressional aide Howard Gorrell says yes.

The path to safe voting in an ailing democracy

We all have the power to fight for safe voting right now, even from home. And we have the duty to do so, even if our ballot comes in the mail, write David Domke and Charles Douglas III of Common Power.

Meanwhile, here are our latest news stories:

New Jersey will vote on keeping gerrymandered map for two extra years

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TV coverage of the Senate may reduce its effectiveness

Meet the reformer: Dorian Spears, pushing the importance of counting all Tennesseans

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