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The Solid South Will Rise Again

nytimes.com — Democrats have abandoned Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who is in a tough runoff election. (Tough is the mild way of putting it. Polls show her down by double digits to her Republican opponent.) Not only has the Democratic Party pulled its financial support for her campaign, but this week Senate Democrats refused to rally around her push for passage of the Keystone XL pipeline bill.

Blow: Partisanship continues to break the government

Partisanship Breaks the Government

nytimes.com — This could be a rather heated winter. All three branches of government are on course to collide over partisan politics, constitutional authority and scope of power, particularly as vested in the executive branch. The president has wasted no time moving beyond the Democrats' midterm defeats. He is setting about ensuring his legacy.

Race, to the Finish

nytimes.com — Last week, the economist and former Richard Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein went on Fox News and delivered a racial tirade completely detached from the the anchor's line of questioning.

Op-Ed Columnist - Swan Songs? - NYTimes.com

nytimes.com — The music industry's deathwatch kicked off about a decade ago, but it seems the vigil could soon be over. According to data from the Recording Industry Association of America, since music sales peaked in 1999, the value of those sales, after adjusting for inflation, has dropped by more than half.

The Obama Opposition

nytimes.com — The president came to Washington thinking he could change Washington, make it better, unite it and the nation. He was wrong. As he ascended, the tone of political discourse descended, as much because of who he was as what he did.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

nytimes.com — The Republicans proved Tuesday that the establishment still knows how to win. They fielded stronger candidates. They had few gaffes and little going off script. Extreme views were couched in softer language or played down altogether. Candidates adopted a faux rustic aura, like a strip mall Olive Garden.

Blacks, Obama and the Election

nytimes.com — President Obama's name won't be on any ballots Tuesday, but he will most certainly be on them in spirit - a fact that many Republicans are trumpeting and some Democrats are hoping to downplay. The president is not particularly popular at the moment. According to Gallup's Frank Newport: "President Obama's job approval rating is 42 percent.

“I would harness the truths that had been trappe...”

goodreads.com — I would harness the truths that had been trapped in me like a fire shut up in my bones. I would give my life over to my passions, my writing, and my chil...

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Nov 23, 2014

@B_D_Silver I couldn't afford books as a child, so I went to the library. The public library system is a national treasure...

Nov 23, 2014

@mepprout Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" is one. Toni Morrison's "Jazz" is another. So is James Baldwin's "Go Tell It on the Mountain"

Nov 23, 2014

@mgadsdenwilliam Thanks so much! Be sure to leave an online review when you finish (Amazon, B&N, etc...) #TeamFie

Nov 22, 2014

I have comfort books the way ppl have comfort foods. These are books I've read many times. Can take just a few bites at a time/know endings.

Nov 22, 2014

@TimothyMPate Just finished "Democracy & Justice: Collected Writings | Brennan Center for Justice"

Nov 22, 2014

RT @mgadsdenwilliam: “@CharlesMBlow: Finally got a chance to start reading some of the books that have been piling up desk./Reading #FireShutUpInMyBones. #IJS

Nov 22, 2014

And, I'm not saying that I get to read as much as I would like (in fact, I re-read books a lot) but, I just don't get not reading at all...

Nov 22, 2014

Finally got a chance to start reading some of the books that have been piling up desk. How do ppl survive without reading books? #IJS

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