Wednesday Morning:
Day to day in American democracy

Mr. And Mrs. Wallace A. Wolf Eating Breakfast before He Leaves for His Job as an Automotive Mechanic for the City. He Is a Native of the Town Whose Mother and Grandmother Still Reside There. Mr. Wolf, Nicknamed "Whitey", Is an Officer in the Volunteer Fire Department. The Town Is a County Seat Trading Center of 13,000 in a Farming Area of South Central Minnesota. It Was Founded in 1854 by a German Immigrant Land Company 10/1974 [Photo: U.S. National Archives]

October 1974: Mr. And Mrs. Wallace A. Wolf of south-central Minnesota share breakfast before he leaves for his job as an auto mechanic. [Photo: U.S. National Archives]


The morning after Election Day will dawn like any other, with pressures and obligations driving our lives. No matter who wins, what will we be doing on Wednesday morning?

What’s our experience with American democracy in our daily lives?

How do we navigate politics and policy and opinion as we go about our relationships, our work and our days?

Still struggling: Cheyenne Bishop reflects on her vote

A year ago, as she worked through how she'd vote on Election Day, Cheyenne Bishop felt as though she was being pulled between her beliefs (she's Mormon) and wanting a cousin, who identifies as bisexual, to be able to have the same rights as others who wish to marry.

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Voters’ voices: Dinner-table debates that don’t tear a family apart

Liza Long recognizes her family doesn't fit this year's political stereotypes. She's a female, Catholic Romney supporter, while her son is a Mormon Obama supporter in Idaho. Her family's divided loyalties haven't divided the family, though. Political conversations at the dinner table are stimulating and respectful -- and sometimes even funny.

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Voters’ voices: When one issue matters most

In an election year focused on economic issues more than foreign policy, Kristen McMillen is the exception. She's engaged to an Army infantryman -- and has found herself truly caring about an election's outcome for the first time in her voting life.

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Voters’ voices: Keeping a divided congregation together

Rev. Bonnie Wilcox, like so many clergy around the country, knows her congregation is politically divided. She walks a delicate line between offering pastoral guidance about "moral issues" and keeping her own political views to herself -- even on social media, where she is both minister and "friend."

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Video: Love across the divide

Maren and Scott Christenson discussed tax policy on their first date. They didn't agree. They still don't -- on that issue and so many others. How do they make it work?

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New details on our political unfriending habits

Seventy-five percent of Americans who use social networks say their friends post political statements online, according to a new survey. Eighteen percent of users have gotten so fed up they've blocked, unfriended or hidden some of those friends.

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