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Deep Politics for Lunch

When authors like these gather for lunch, you can be sure deep politics is on the menu.

Missouri Burning: When the Army Isn’t More Firepower

The Ferguson riots are making American history, but not in the way you’d think. It may be the first time that calling in the National Guard doesn’t represent an escalation of firepower from police levels.

RadioWHO: We Aren’t Getting Real News

Are we getting real news? Not unless we pick apart the manipulations foisted on the public by the government and the media. Tune in for Russ Baker’s how-to guide.

Putting a 9/11 Mystery on the Ballot

Can a piece of the continuing 9/11 mystery be resolved by a local ballot initiative? One man and his hardy band think so.

BOSTON UPDATE: Boston Globe Reports on Its Own Bombing Reporting, Sort Of

The Boston Globe reported on its own marathon bombing reporting, as quantified by an expert witness for accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The Globe is a little selective about which criticisms of its journalism made it into the story.

CONTEXT: Iraq—Just the Tip of the Spear

The U.S. is back in Iraq—but it’s only airstrikes, according to President Obama. That’s the casual sex of warfare, after a long marriage to Iraq and the messy, costly divorce. Here’s a little reminder of what to watch out for on all-too-familiar territory.

BOSTON UPDATE: Another Tsarnaev Friend Arrested, Another Government Leak

Stephen Silva, a friend of accused Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, pleaded not guilty to federal drug and gun charges. Publicly, the authorities say his arrest has nothing to do with the Boston Marathon bombing. So why are anonymous law enforcement sources saying Silva had the pistol Tsarnaev and his brother used to murder a police officer and shoot at others?

So Sue Me: Obama Trails in Executive Order Rankings

Those who are furious at Obama over his executive orders—and suing or talking impeachment—need to see these statistics on other presidents. Just a wee hypocrisy issue.

The Subprime Economy is Back—But It Never Really Left

Who can forget the subprime economy that launched the Great Recession? Don’t worry if you have—it’s back again, with a different face. Wall Street has found rich pickings in the financial ruins from the last crash. Here’s how the new subprime economy is growing from the struggle to make ends meet and the mountain of debt affecting more than one in three Americans

The MH17 Downing: Won’t Get Fooled Again

There’s a rush to judgment about who shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. That’s clearly dangerous with Ukraine a flashpoint in what appears to be turning into a new Cold War. Here are some things to think about as we try to separate fact from speculation and even outright fiction.

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