Partisan bickering in the U.S. is marginalizing mainstream businesses from the political process and is making it increasingly difficult for companies to invest in ventures that could create jobs, according to The Economist. "The civil war is creating two obvious problems for American business: paralysis and uncertainty," the magazine's Schumpeter columnist writes. "The Obama administration is still pockmarked with vacancies because Congress refuses to approve routine appointments. Important trade deals have been languishing for months."

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