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A new political science study that's gone viral finds that majority-rule democracy exists only in theory in the United States -- not so much in practice. The government caters to the affluent few and organized interest groups, the researchers find, while the average citizen's influence on policy is "near zero." "[T]he preferences of economic elites," conclude Princeton's Martin Gilens and Northwestern's Benjamin I. Page, who work with the nonpro...
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Restaurant corporations are fighting minimum wage increases—while using a tax loophole to lavish their CEOs with excessive compensation.
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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, is quietly pushing the reinstitution of earmarks as a way of greasing the legislative wheels. The Illinois Democrat made the case for restoring the ability of Con...
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Thank you Ronald Reagan and the Robert's Court...for a whole lot of nothing.  Catering to the economic elite may have been trending upward, but it sure took a dramatically sharp climb after Citizens United...
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Most Americans don't believe in the theory — here's why they should
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Aside from being a cat chair I am into Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, gangster movies, A Song of Ice and Fire, classic rock, blues, jazz, drinking pool side, looking at pictures of our beautiful planet, random hangouts. Political posts early and often, this world isn't all bits and bytes. Proud Democrat. Fan of the Cubs, Bears, Bulls, English Premier League.

I need food, water, shelter, great ideas, and political snark. If you cannot tell when I am being serious, please ask me. There are many serious issues that need to be discussed, but at the same time many of them need to be poked fun at in a major way.

I am best described as a non-partisan liberal. I endorse most posts, but some I throw out there because they are interesting.
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Dick Durbin Wants To Bring Back Earmarks And He Wants Obama To Support Him
www.huffingtonpost.com

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, is quietly pushing the reinstitution of earmarks as a wa

The View From Your Obamacare: Small Business Owners
dish.andrewsullivan.com

The thread continues: I still cannot understand how the advocates of Obamacare have failed to use one of the strongest conservative argument

Republicans Say No to CDC Gun Violence Research
www.propublica.org

Giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention money for gun violence research is a “request to fund propaganda,” a Georgia congressm

4-Year-Old Accidentally Shot 3-Year-Old Brother
talkingpointsmemo.com

A four-year-old boy accidentally shot his three-year-old brother on Sunday, according to St. Louis County Police. The younger brother was ta

Happy Hour Roundup
www.washingtonpost.com

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

Class, Oligarchy, and the Limits of Cynicism
krugman.blogs.nytimes.com

Both parties listen to plutocrats, but one more than the other.

10 forbidden work behaviors for managers --
www.chicagotribune.com

Communist Party leaders in a county in southwestern China recently received an interesting list of "10 Forbidden Behaviors."

10 forbidden work behaviors for managers
www.chicagotribune.com

Communist Party leaders in a county in southwestern China recently received an interesting list of "10 Forbidden Behaviors."

What the 1% Don't Want You to Know | Moyers & Company | BillMoye...
billmoyers.com

Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy - the very system our founders revolted against.

Good News for Obamacare Is Bad News for Conservative Pundits
www.nationaljournal.com

The warnings that insurance premiums will skyrocket next year look increasingly hyperbolic.

Happy Hour Roundup
www.washingtonpost.com

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

The View From Your Obamacare
dish.andrewsullivan.com

A reader writes: Thank you so much for giving me a platform to share my Obamacare success story! Well, actually, it's my brother's story and

The Deadly Consequences Of Income Inequality (CHARTS)
talkingpointsmemo.com

The wealthier you are, the longer you'll live. And if you're a low-income woman, you're less likely than an earlier generation to make it to

Obamacare succeeded for one simple reason: it's horrible to be uninsured
www.vox.com

After a catastrophic launch, Obamacare still signed up 8 million people. That's because being uninsured is worse than using HealthCare.Gov.

White House: 8 million people signed up for Obamacare
www.vox.com

The number comes after HealthCare.gov's botched rollout, which led to few sign-ups in the fall.

John Roberts And White Supremacy
dish.andrewsullivan.com

A potent read from Tom Levenson, in the wake of Ta-Nehisi's powerful writing on the subject. Money quote: Political money and hence influenc

Happy Hour Roundup
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Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine
www.usatoday.com

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk were handed leaflets ordering them to register with the new self-proclaimed pro-Russian leader

Congressman Tells Low-Income Worker: Higher Minimum Wage Is ‘Not Right’
thinkprogress.org

Shaneeka Rainer has been working in minimum wage fast food jobs for a decade, but his congressman doesn't think he deserves a raise.

About that Democratic 'outside money advantage'...
www.msnbc.com

An AP article is making the rounds saying, "Democrats have outside money advantage - for now." The trouble is, that's not quite true.

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