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the root of the issue

The underlying cause or fundamental essence of some issue, problem, or difficulty at hand. Our team of professionals will walk you through a troubleshooting process that will help get to the root of whatever issue you're experiencing with your device. Here's the root of the issue, Bill—we feel that you haven't been meeting the standards of work that we expect of you recently. If the politicians in Washington would stop all their games and mudslinging for a minute might actually be able to solve the root of the issues affecting our country.
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However, this recent suggestion may be dangerous [as] the root of the issue is not financing but the affordability of houses.
Mr Henley says a lack of resources is at the root of the issue, with the police and Crown Prosecution Service struggling to cope with the consequences of years of cuts.
The latest one is his third and now the Lakers are looking into the possibility that the Big Baller Brand shoes may be the root of the issue. 
It's not something anyone can see, but it's so important because the swing starts from the ground up and you have to get to the root of the issue.
"I think a lot of the companies feel like they're doing diversity or equity inclusion work in a good way but aren't really tackling the root of the issue, which is that the people they go to for assistance with addressing diversity issues and filling positions look the same as they do."
Special projects editor Gary Forger looks at the underlying root of the issue, but also offers some potential solutions to what is a long-term issue.
Olmem said that the operators try to get to the root of the issue when speaking with callers.
The report was submitted in line with MLIT's direction to do so after establishing dedicated teams to conduct a full and comprehensive investigation of new facts and considering appropriate countermeasures following confirmation of any other potential nonconformities in the kanken process...Following the investigations into the factors and background that have caused misconduct in sample testing, Nissan's view is that the root of the issue is the same as last year's kanken issues.
These involve assembling the geared turbofan engine using combinations of old and new designs of faulty parts to help locate the root of the issue, according to one of the people.
It's simple - we must focus on the root of the issue and there are simply not enough houses being built, not by the State anyway.
It is important that we get to the root of the issue first before throwing a tantrum about something that normally are just petty things and misunderstandings.
While many theories abounded, the number of variables made it difficult to get to the root of the issue. Failures were often attributed to the wrong party, such as blaming the contractor rather than the designer.
"We are looking into all such incidents as well as history of victims from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu to get to the root of the issue. Almost 1,500 cases of braid-cutting were reported across India, but not a single person has been arrested.