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The Tea Party: Same Old Authoritarian Conservatives With a New Label (Justia)
Justia columnist and former counsel to the president John W. Dean comments on the Tea Party movement. Dean contends that, far from being a truly new force, the Tea Party’s membership is recognizable as consisting of the very kind of authoritarian conservatives America has often seen in past politics. Drawing on the work of Professor Robert Altemeyer, who devoted much of his career to studying the authoritarian personality, Dean notes the telltale characteristics of authoritarian conservative; argues that each of these signal qualities can be seen clearly in Tea Party movement adherents; and cautions that authoritarians do not tend to do well, over the long haul, in a democracy.
FBI gets ‘most promising’ lead in D.B. Cooper case (KOMO)
The name of a man not previously investigated was given to the FBI, and an item that belongs to him was sent for fingerprint work at the agency’s Quantico, Va., forensic lab, an agency spokeswoman said.
The President Surrenders (NYT)
Extortion over the debt ceiling wins, and the country loses.
10 Lessons on the Crisis Beyond the Debt Ceiling (WaPo)
We’ve got some prolonged challenges: ongoing debt issues, unemployment, a housing overhang and economic frailty.
Why Voters Tune Out Democrats (NYT)
A polling company executive finds that voters like the Democrats’ ideas but don’t trust that they will carry them out.
Big Eyed Fish – Dave Matthews Band