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Cutting Costs the Montana Way (NYT)
Montana uses the old ranching habit of pinching pennies to keep the state operating with a budget surplus.
Surprise Court Hearing for “West Memphis 3″ Spurs Hopes (Reuters)
A judge has called a surprise hearing for Friday concerning three men – known as the West Memphis Three – convicted of “satanic” killings in 1993 of three 8-year-old Cub Scouts in Arkansas.
How Democrats Win: Defending the Social Safety Net (Time)
Done right, economic populism cools the political climate. Just knowing that the people in power are willing to lie down on the tracks for them can make the middle much less frantic. Which makes America a better place. And which, incidentally, makes Democrats win.
Tripped up by Globalisation (The Financial Times)
A failure of economic strategy and leadership lies behind the near simultaneous collapse of market confidence in the eurozone and US economies. No need to blame the rating agencies: governments in Europe and America have been unable to cope with the realities of global capital markets and competition from Asia – and deserve the lion’s share of the blame.
Revealed: Fake Facebook Identity Used By Military Contractors Plotting To Hack Progressive Organizations (ThinkProgress)
In presentations obtained by ThinkProgress from the e-mail dump detailing the tactics potentially used against progressives, HBGary Federal floated the idea of using “fake insider personas” to infiltrate left-leaning groups critical of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s policies.
Poor Boy – Willie Nile