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Alec MacGillis: Third Wheel

Alec MacGillis: Third Wheel
newrepublic.com — Yet another attempt to upend the two-party system. There is a movement afoot in the land, but I don't mean the one amid the tarps at Zuccotti Park. Instead, it's a 148-person operation headquartered in a tenth-floor office on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington decorated with sleek posters that proclaim, "Make My Vote Count" and "Open Up The Ballot."

Baltimore : The Third Rail

Baltimore : The Third Rail
baltimore.citybizlist.com — The Baltimore riot of April 27, 2015, started with a shutdown of public transportation. When students got out of Frederick Douglass High and other nearby schools that Monday afternoon, just after Freddie Gray's memorial service had concluded, and headed for Mondawmin Mall, the transit hub for some 5,000 of them, they found several hundred police waiting, mobilized by social media rumors of an after-school rampage that would start at the mall and head toward downtown, three miles away.

The rise of zombie liberalism: Half-dead, half-alive

The rise of zombie liberalism: Half-dead, half-alive
washingtonpost.com — The American left is exultant: Expanding civil rights and the retreat of discrimination on race, gender and now sexual orientation mark major milestones for the traditional liberal worldview. The American left is in mourning: Income inequality has soared to levels not seen since the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties, anti-tax orthodoxy is ascendant on the right, the safety net is under attack, and labor unions are barely hanging on.

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The Big Split: Why Hedge Fund Honchos Turned Against Obama

The Big Split: Why Hedge Fund Honchos Turned Against Obama
newrepublic.com — Why the hedge fund world loved Obama in 2008-and viscerally despises him today. In May 2007, when Barack Obama was but an upstart challenger of Hillary Clinton, he attended a gathering of several dozen hedge fund managers hosted by Goldman Sachs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The Third Rail

The Third Rail
placesjournal.org — The Baltimore riot of April 27, 2015, started with a shutdown of public transportation. When students got out of Frederick Douglass High and other nearby schools that Monday afternoon, just after Freddie Gray's memorial service had concluded, and headed for Mondawmin Mall, the transit hub for some 5,000 of them, they found several hundred police waiting, mobilized by social media rumors of an after-school rampage that would start at the mall and head toward downtown, three miles away.

The Referendum That Could Have Saved Flint

The Referendum That Could Have Saved Flint
psmag.com — Michigan's voters decided to scrap the kind of super-empowered emergency managers who made questionable decisions in Flint-but state lawmakers found a way to revive the program.

A Tax Break for Patriotic Billionaires

How Philanthropist David Rubenstein Helped Save the Carried-Interest Tax Loophole

How Philanthropist David Rubenstein Helped Save the Carried-Interest Tax Loophole
propublica.org — On Aug. 23, 2011, a magnitude-5.8 earthquake shook the Washington Monument for about 20 seconds, sending tourists on the observation deck down eight hundred and ninety-seven steps. One of the two strongest quakes ever recorded east of the Rockies, it fractured two dozen of the stone protrusions that hold up the marble slabs at the monument's peak.

The Billionaires’ Loophole

The Billionaires’ Loophole
newyorker.com — On August 23, 2011, a magnitude-5.8 earthquake shook the Washington Monument for about twenty seconds, sending tourists on the observation deck down eight hundred and ninety-seven steps. One of the two strongest quakes ever recorded east of the Rockies, it fractured two dozen of the stone protrusions that hold up the marble slabs at the monument's peak.
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May 06, 2016

@MattVallone Absolutely. Is DCCC charge above all. But given that House has become THE obstacle for Dems you'd think DNC would be on it too.

May 06, 2016

@PoliticsWolf I get that. Fact is, tho, you'd think they'd be doing more of their own on House front given that it's THE biggest obstacle.

May 06, 2016

@theodoricmeyer Granted. But if they're ever going to get House back, they're going to have to make some stretches. Tho maybe not this one.

May 06, 2016

Stuff like this is one reason Dems likely won't get House back til 2022 at earliest. twitter.com/CTIronman/stat…

May 06, 2016

@DanaHoule I get that it's their job. But DNC has a hand in it too, or should. It's been the ultimate block to Dem success for six years.

May 06, 2016

RT @Bencjacobs: It's almost as if Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is bad at her job twitter.com/BenjySarlin/st…

May 06, 2016

Reminder: the same DNC that came up with "Dangerous Donald" does not have viable candidates recruited for many now-possible House districts.

May 06, 2016

Aleppo and Fort McMurray are ablaze. Donald Trump's the presumptive nominee for president. And then there's this. pic.twitter.com/mdX3F0Qif3

May 06, 2016

RT @ddiamond: Government jobs as % of total U.S. jobs, under… Reagan: 16.6% Clinton: 15.7% W Bush: 16.9% Obama: 15.3%


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