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It’s Not Just Congress: Citizens also have room to improve

 by Lee H. Hamilton

As a member of Congress, you get used to being graded. Interest groups send you questionnaires, check your voting record, and then issue their “report cards.” Editorial writers opine freely on your performance. Pollsters issue monthly updates on how Congress is faring with the public.

Members of Congress learn to expect this judgment and criticism. It’s part of being an elected official in this country —

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