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Stephan A. Schwartz: Benjamin Franklin and a Modern American Portrait — Tax Cuts, Poverty, and Moving In

Benjamin Franklin saw America as a democratic society: middle class, largely urban, technologically sophisticated, family centered, joyful, and upwardly mobile. The America we try to present to the world was largely Franklin’s vision. But recently we have been oriented more towards Ayn Rand than Benjamin Franklin. And we have been that way long enough that […]

Craig Newmark: re politicians: follow the money, send a postcard

Way too much money is flowing into the midterm elections, so it’s a big deal who’s backing the candidates on the ballot. The Sunlight Foundation (disclaimer: I’m on their Board) created a postcard generator that lets you send postcards citing the facts – and the dollar figures – to people who need to hear that. […]

Obama urges Democrats to turn out for election

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned fellow Democrats on Saturday that a Republican victory in next week’s congressional elections could mean a reversal of his agenda as he sought to rally supporters in a final campaign push. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama adviser offers assistance to Yemen leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser told Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday the United States “stands ready” to aid his government in the fight against al Qaeda’s affiliate there in the wake of a failed bomb plot that originated in Yemen. Read the full story from Reuters