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Humpty Dumpty goes to Washington

A Congressional committee cracks down on offending egg-makers.

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  In perspective: Jon Meacham on ‘Superlativism’

As the midterm elections near, Jon Meacham cautions us against the belief that everything that happens in our time is the “most” this or the “worst” that, as some pundits would have us believe.

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The true cost of the bank bailout

Thought the financial crisis only cost taxpayers $700 billion? Think again. New reports have shown that, at one point last year, the government had lent, spent or guaranteed $12.8 trillion to Wall Street.

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Interest groups spend millions to control state courts, study finds

Interest groups and corporations have spent millions to in an effort to influence state Supreme Courts across the country, a new study finds. Some experts — including Sandra Day O’Connor — fear justice can be bought by the highest bidder.

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  The battle over unemployment

Chrystia Freeland, global editor at large for Reuters, talks with Jon Meacham about the nation’s 9.5 percent unemployment rate, and the debate over how to fix the economy.

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In Kagan hearings, one case takes center stage: Little Guy v. Big Guy

In four days of confirmation hearings, senators seemed to want to talk most about a case that doesn’t actually exist — but which may nonetheless define the Supreme Court for years.

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The unsurprising failure of U.S. financial reform

For John Bellamy Foster, there is nothing in the new legislation that will prevent or even ameliorate future financial bubbles and their inevitable consequences.

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Why the Republicans are grilling Kagan: the midterm elections

If GOP leaders have promised not to filibuster Elena Kagan’s nomination, why are they grilling her so thoroughly in her confirmation hearings this week? The answer is simple: the midterms.

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Remembering Robert C. Byrd

The West Virginia Democrat, who died on Monday at the age of 92, was a formidable autodidact, known for including Shakespearean allusions in his speeches on the Senate floor.

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