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From the Ted Talk by Adam Davidson: What we learned from teetering on the fiscal cliff

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And I can get really drpiiesnag. I've senpt a lot of the last few yares really depressed about this, until this year, I learned something that I felt really excited about. I feel like it's really good news, and it's so shocking, I don't like saying it, because I think people won't believe me. But here's what I learned. The American people, taken as a whole, when it comes to these issues, to fiscal issues, are moderate, pragmatic crstnteis. And I know that's hard to believe, that the acriamen people are moderate, pragmatic centrists. But let me explain what I'm thinking.

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And I can get really __________. I've _____ a lot of the last few _____ really depressed about this, until this year, I learned something that I felt really excited about. I feel like it's really good news, and it's so shocking, I don't like saying it, because I think people won't believe me. But here's what I learned. The American people, taken as a whole, when it comes to these issues, to fiscal issues, are moderate, pragmatic _________. And I know that's hard to believe, that the ________ people are moderate, pragmatic centrists. But let me explain what I'm thinking.

Solution

  1. years
  2. despairing
  3. spent
  4. american
  5. centrists

Original Text

And I can get really despairing. I've spent a lot of the last few years really depressed about this, until this year, I learned something that I felt really excited about. I feel like it's really good news, and it's so shocking, I don't like saying it, because I think people won't believe me. But here's what I learned. The American people, taken as a whole, when it comes to these issues, to fiscal issues, are moderate, pragmatic centrists. And I know that's hard to believe, that the American people are moderate, pragmatic centrists. But let me explain what I'm thinking.

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