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Why Some Progressives Say Saving U.S. Democracy Is 'Doomed'07:05
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The American flag flies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Susan Walsh/AP)
The American flag flies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Susan Walsh/AP)

President Biden met with civil rights groups on Thursday to discuss voter suppression efforts following the demise last week of Democrats' Voting Rights Act in the Senate.

Meanwhile, Republican state lawmakers in Texas are renewing their effort to pass restrictive new voting laws in that state. It's part of a nationwide trend unfolding since the 2020 presidential election.

Democrats are accusing Republicans of undermining democracy with those new laws. But Osita Nwanevu, a writer for The New Republic, says the problem with American democracy goes even deeper.

Here & Now's Callum Borchers speaks with Nwanevu.

This segment aired on July 9, 2021.

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