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The Myth of American Meritocracy

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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Category: America

From www.theamericanconservative.com

In the last generation or two, the funnel of opportunity in American society has drastically narrowed, with a greater and greater proportion of our financial, media, business, and political elites being drawn from a relatively small number of our leading universities, together with their professional schools.

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When a C.I.A. Director Had Scores of Affairs - NYTimes.com

Friday, November 23, 2012
Category: America

From www.nytimes.com

Dulles ran the agency from 1953 to 1961, and he had a profound effect on America’s role in the cold war. Together with his brother, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, he exercised enormous power and helped overthrow governments from Iran to Guatemala to Congo.

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Special Report: How a vicious circle of self-interest sank a California city Reuters

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Category: America

From www.reuters.com

No single deal or decision involving benefits and wages over the years killed the city. But cumulatively, they built a pension-fueled financial time-bomb that finally exploded. In bankrupt San Bernardino, a third of the city′s 210,000 people live below the poverty line, making it the poorest city of its size in California.

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Divided States of America: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Category: America

From www.spiegel.de

After a brilliant century and a terrible decade, the United States, in this important election year, has reached a point in its history when the obvious can no longer be denied: The reality of life in America so greatly contradicts the claim -- albeit one that has always been exaggerated -- to be the "greatest nation on earth," that even the most ardent patriots must be overcome with doubt.

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Forget Nate Silver: Meet The Guy Who Called 2012 In 2002 TPM2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Category: America

From 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com

It’s easy to forget now, but after President Bush won re-election in 2004, there was a popular school of thought that America was entering an extended period in which Republicans would hold an unshakable majority.

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Rany on the Royals: The GOP And Me.

Friday, November 9, 2012
Category: America

From www.ranyontheroyals.com

Believe it or not, Muslim support for the Republican Party did not waver in the face of its gradual Christianization.

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David Simon Barack Obama And The Death Of Normal

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Category: America

From davidsimon.com

America is different now, more so with every election cycle. Ronald Reagan won his mandate in an America in which 89 percent of the voters were white. That number is down to 72 percent and falling. Fifty thousand new Latino citizens achieve the voting age every month.

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Scientology And The Nation Of Islam: America’s Two Weirdest Sects Join Forces The New Republic

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Category: America

From www.tnr.com

The message of the event couldn’t have been clearer: The Church of Scientology was directing the full force of its persuasive powers at the Washington establishment. But who the Church courts and who the Church converts is a very different matter.

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Matty Moroun, Detroit′s Border Baron - Businessweek

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Category: America

From www.businessweek.com

On the morning of January 12, Matty Moroun, an 84-year-old billionaire, walked into the Wayne County courthouse in downtown Detroit for a hearing on sanctions for civil contempt. He was an hour late. The courtroom was full.

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Medicare Billing Rises at Hospitals With Electronic Records - NYTimes.com

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Category: America

From www.nytimes.com

The move to electronic health records may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs for Medicare, private insurers and patients by making it easier for hospitals and physicians to bill more for their services, whether or not they provide additional care.

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