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Links 1 through 10 of 14 by Allan Jenkins tagged politics

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It's taken three trips to Kentucky, but I'm finally getting my Tea Party epiphany exactly where you'd expect: at a Sarah Palin rally.

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Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties--FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, and Nixon--secretly recorded on tape just under 5,000 hours of their meetings and telephone conversations. The Miller Center's Presidential Recordings Program is a unique effort aimed at making these remarkable historical sources accessible.

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Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens expressed concern about court rulings that give politicians wide leeway in drawing election-district lines, saying it worsens partisan divides in government.

Justice Stevens made the remarks in an interview earlier this month, shortly before another prominent ruling on election law in which he was on the losing end. On Jan. 21, he filed a 90-page dissent, joined by three other liberal justices, criticizing the conservative five-justice majority's decision striking down limits on corporate and union political spending.

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the odds of being on given departure which is the subject of a terrorist incident have been 1 in 10,408,947 over the past decade. By contrast, the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are about 1 in 500,000.

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there has been a huge increase in the number of local and state politicians getting involved in social media; and not just in a cursory manner, but in ways that have opened the lines of communication to an audience clamoring for transparency. Here are some of the ways that local politicians are putting social media to work for them.

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It may surprise you to learn that among the issues that will occupy much of your time in the coming years is one you barely mentioned during the campaign: food. Food policy is not something American presidents have had to give much thought to, at least since the Nixon administration — the last time high food prices presented a serious political peril. Since then, federal policies to promote maximum production of the commodity crops (corn, soybeans, wheat and rice) from which most of our supermarket foods are derived have succeeded impressively in keeping prices low and food more or less off the national political agenda. But with a suddenness that has taken us all by surprise, the era of cheap and abundant food appears to be drawing to a close.

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Joe Bageant writes about bizarre, but dangerous, "literature" that sells 65 million copies among dangerous lunatics (i.e., the American Christian Right).

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Analysis, analysis, analysis of US election polling

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