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The hard truth about political compromise - Boston.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Politics

From articles.boston.com

We have a simplistic view of compromise. We tend to think of compromise in terms of settling for less: We want two scoops of ice cream, but settle for one. That might describe what happens when you and your spouse compromise over the size of a new television—but it doesn’t work, the authors show, when it comes to politics.

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The Big-Lie Coup d′Etat

Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Politics

From robertreich.org

We’ve been witnessing a quiet, slow-motion coup d’etat whose purpose is to repeal every bit of progressive legislation since the New Deal and entrench the privileged positions of the wealthy and powerful — who haven’t been as wealthy or as powerful since the Gilded Age of the late 19th century.

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Nebraska lawmakers question EPA′s aerial livestock surveillance Fox News

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.foxnews.com

A bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers is pressing EPA Director Lisa Jackson to answer questions about privacy issues and other concerns after the agency used aerial surveillance to monitor livestock operations over their home state of Nebraska.

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Schumer calls for federal review of grill brush safety, possible recall - The Hill′s Floor Action

Friday, June 8, 2012
Category: Politics

From thehill.com

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review whether metal grill brushes are safe for consumer use, after reports that some metal bristles broke off the brush and were swallowed, sending two men to the hospital.

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Why Obama’s Senior Strategists Think He’ll Beat Mitt Romney -- New York Magazine

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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Category: Politics

From nymag.com

For Obama & Co., this time around it’s all about fear.

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New Statesman - The left should love the Queen

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.newstatesman.com

British Republicanism is probably the least successful democratic project of this lifetime, advancing not a single inch during the Queen’s reign.

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Greek Left Prepares Nationalization of Energy/Telecom Industries, Key Infrastructure « naked capitalism

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.nakedcapitalism.com

Shipping, banking, energy, telecom AND cracking down on tax fraud is, well, a lot. It’s not Communism, but it is something we haven’t seen much of except in Iceland. It is an attempt to actually have the state take power from private financial and corporate interests.

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French Socialism, Take Two Foreign Affairs

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.foreignaffairs.com

Hollande knows his subject matter. He comes from a provincial, bourgeois Catholic family. His father was a well-off physician who unsuccessfully ran as a far-right candidate in municipal elections. Hollande would have none of the paternal politics and was inspired instead by his mother′s leftist Catholicism.

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A Democracy or a Political Marketplace? Harvard Law and Policy Review

Friday, June 1, 2012
Category: Politics

From hlpronline.com

The United States’ current campaign finance system offers a clear, if not paradigmatic, example of how market reasoning can distort outcomes and crowd out other norms, such as democratic norms like political equality.

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Egypt′s presidential election: a game of the least bad option Magdi Abdelhadi Comment is free guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.guardian.co.uk

Egyptians are being asked not to choose the future but to choose between various versions of an imagined glorious past

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