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.
The Contempt Gap (L’Hote)
Why do Gliberaltarians hold liberalism in contempt when they have more in common with those on the left, usually, then on the right?
Tainted Water Well Challenges Claim of Fracking’s Safety (NYT)
Industry executives as well as regulators have said that fracking has never contaminated underground drinking water. But there is at least one documented case.
The Roots of the Debt-Limit Crisis: Fear Is a Great Motivator, but Scared People Often Act Rashly and Foolishly (Justia)
George Washington law professor, and economist Neil Buchanan continues his commentary on the debt-limit crisis and its resolution. Buchanan contends that there is little to applaud in the resolution of the crisis, for, he says, we have now embarked on a path that will only make a sick economy much sicker, and could even push the country back into recession. In light of these realities, he argues, we need to ask how we got here: How did we reach the point where both parties became committed to an economic strategy that is so detached from reality? Buchanan stresses, especially, that America should have focused on unemployment, not spending reductions.
Austerity Top Priority As Economy Sputters, Americans Suffer (HuffPo)
This week’s big debt deal has left progressives despairing over a disconnect between Washington and the rest of the country that they say has possibly never been wider.
30 Years After Reagan Busted The Air Traffic Controllers Union, GOP Holds FAA Hostage Over Anti-Union Demands (ThinkProgress)
The GOP’s war on working families continues.
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