With congressional Republicans in the majority and unwilling to cross the president, the job of containing his incipient tyranny falls to three groups.
While in these last months the NSA has cast a long, dark shadow over American privacy, don’t for a second imagine that it’s the only government agency systematically and often secretly intruding on our lives. A remarkable traffic jam of local, state, and federal government authorities turn out to be exploiting technology to wriggle into the most intimate crevices of our lives.
Local and state governments having a hard time making ends meet are "quietly taxing a group even more cash-strapped than they are: the poor," writes Leah A. Plunkett at Salon.
For most of history, we had undebatable definitions of words such as bailout and bankruptcy. Sadly, that's not the case during a deficit crisis that is seeing language redefined in ideological terms.