America's Woes From the Outside In

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Brittney Leba bows her head before tossing a rose August 7, 2007 into the Mississippi River from the Stone Arch bridge in Minneapolis, just upstream from the location of the I35 bridge that collapsed one week ago (REUTERS/Scott Cohen)

On the eve of the US elections, two people who know how to throw a phrase about offer their thoughts on America's troubles. Novelist Lionel Shriver is an American living in London. Journalist Edward Luce is a Brit living in Washington. They both care deeply about United States, and they're worried.

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