October 22nd, 2010

News

The Roberts court, American exceptionalism, and long hair

"Despite British claims, the fact is that right now the United States has virtually the only expeditionary force left on the planet. Other countries can defend themselves, or send troops across a border, but there's almost no capacity left for projecting force any further than that anywhere in the world."

FRIDAY NEWS:
* "Three historical myths have been leading American presidents into folly for nearly a century."
* Good read: how the Roberts' court has lead to an uglier America (and bad news for 2012.)
* In case you missed it: another part of the bailout already paid back - with interest.
* New weapons systems give Americans the edge in Afghanistan.
* Oh. Fiji.
* One thing that unites the tea parties is an opposition to climate change science.
* "Frank Bates didn't start out expecting to find a fundamental property of nature, but that's what he may have done."
* "Why can't middle-aged women have long hair?"
* Casting for The Hobbit has begun.

Politics

plutocracy, continued

"So Bob Perry's contributions to American Crossroads and the RGA alone - and who knows how much more he's given to groups that do not disclose donor information - totals nearly 100 times the federal limit for giving to other types of political committees... Never mind that these 527 outfits provide much the same function as, say, the National Republican Senatorial Committee. (One key legal distinction: The 527 groups can't coordinate with candidates or party committees, though in practice they're run by experienced pols who game out what that coordination would entail and try to emulate it without actually picking up the phone.) There's something a little crazy about this; no one would design a campaign system this way from the ground up. What we have is a major loophole in election law that neither the IRS nor the FEC nor Congress is able or willing to address."

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