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How the Political Right Bullied the US Government Into Ignoring the Threat of Right-Wing Extremism (AlterNet)
After right-wingers freaked out about a report detailing the rise in right-wing extremism, Homeland Security effectively dismantled a unit tasked with tracking it.
Michele Bachmann: Crazy Like a Fox (Mother Jones)
She won the Ames straw poll on Saturday and is the clear favorite to win the Iowa caucuses in January. There’s a method to Michele Bachmann’s madness.
Stop Coddling the Super-Rich (NYT)
We mega-rich should not continue to get extraordinary tax breaks while most Americans struggle to make ends meet.
A Businessman in Congress Helps His District and Himself (NYT)
Representative Darrell Issa’s private and business lives often overlap, with at least some of his government actions helping make him richer.
Can the Middle Class Be Saved? (The Atlantic)
The Great Recession has accelerated the hollowing-out of the American middle class. And it has illuminated the widening divide between most of America and the super-rich. Both developments herald grave consequences. Here is how we can bridge the gap between us.
The Magnificent Seven – The Clash