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The American working and middle classes aren’t the only sectors still suffering the effects of the Great Recession. Public schools have yet to regain their economic footing, either. That fits in perfectly with the dreams the Koch brothers-backed American Legislative Exchange Council has of dismantling the system, and democracy itself.

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Al-Jazeera Arabic has long since lost a lot of its previous journalisic standards, once its head, Waddah Khanfar, was fired in favor of a member of the royal family. Al-Jazeera English usually still does a good job, having a different editorial line and generally good reporters. But its publication of a brain dead op-ed purporting to show U.S. support for anti-Morsi political forces is very bad, unbalanced journalism.

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Given time and enough money, the super PACs and other secretive political campaign funds are capable of causing corruptive influence that could reach from the presidency down to the lowest ranked members of the House.In the 2010 elections, 80 super PACs registered with the Federal Election Commission. This year, more than 250 have signed up.

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Senate leaders struck a compromise late Monday on the issue of disaster relief funding that is likely to avert a federal government shutdown, the third such threat this year. (more)

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Because this is the most pressing matter to capture their collective attention, House Republicans moved swiftly to bring the issue of government funding for National Public Radio (or lack thereof, if they'd have it their way) to a vote Thursday. Updated

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Republican Rep Eric Cantor was one of the GOP operatives behind this week's push to cut public funding to National Public Radio (this Juan Williams drama still has legs) because that would be a "common sense" move to (continued).

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