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If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.

— President Barack Obama, discussing the toxic effect the Republican Noise Machine has on Congress’ ability to govern the country. Obama made the comments while giving an interview to Chris Hughes of The New Republic.