Welcome to the Politicus Pulse. Here are the links you need to see to get your day started off right. Consider this a cup of coffee for your mind.
Corporate Cash Con (NYT)
Of tax cuts, tax holidays and trickle-down.
The Kingdom and the Towers (Vanity Fair)
Was there a foreign government behind the 9/11 attacks? A decade later, Americans still haven’t been given the whole story, while a key 28-page section of Congress’s Joint Inquiry report remains censored. Gathering years of leaks and leads, in an adaptation from their new book, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan examine the connections between Saudi Arabia and the hijackers (15 of whom were Saudi), the Bush White House’s decision to ignore or bury evidence, and the frustration of lead investigators—including 9/11-commission staffers, counterterrorism officials, and senators on both sides of the aisle.
It’s Been 235 Years Already? America, It’s Time to Grow Up. (WaPo)
Happy birthday, America. But at 235 years old, you’re flabby, creaky and easily led astray. Take some tips from some other countries.
Bradley Manning’s Army of One (NY Magazine)
How a lonely, five-foot-two, gender-questioning soldier became a WikiLeaks hero, a traitor to the U.S., and one of the most unusual revolutionaries in American history.
Obama’s Original Sin (NY Magazine)
The president’s failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down has cursed his first term, and could prevent a second.
Today’s Tune, in honor of the 4th of July:
This Land Is Your Land – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band