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- Politicians have always lied. But now they’re carpet-bombing the truth.
- PLUS Fact-checking Sarah Palin; Glenn Beck’s cerebral vortex; and (flowchart!) how to funnel falsehoods into the mainstream.
- Bullied Pulpit
- Why the White House couldn’t fight the Obamacare lie.
- The Hackers and the Hockey Stick
- How climate science became the target of "the best-funded, best-organized smear campaign by the wealthiest industry that the Earth has ever known."
- We Can’t Handle the Truth
- A journey into the science of self-delusion.
- PLUS The pimps who punk’d NPR.
- Why Do We Keep Falling For O’Keefe’s Smear Jobs?
- It took days for someone to factcheck the NPR "sting"—and then the job fell to Glenn Beck’s (!!) site.
- Exposing Vivian Maier
After picking up a box of old negatives at an auction, a Chicago realtor discovers one of America’s great street photographers.
- Mr. Precedent
James Bopp, the lawyer behind the Supreme Court case that put elections up for sale, has only just begun.
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Kevin Drum on the GOP plot to drain Democrats’ coffers, lobbyists and congressional aides play musical chairs; do blue jeans kill?; can the FEC survive the GOP?; more trouble in Wichita’s "abortion-free" zone; the great tea party trademark war; and one man’s crusade against fundamentalist claptrap.
Armchair survivalists hunt for the remote; turning a lens on Hollywood’s peep show; how to unsuck corporate jargon; Sharon Jones finally gets a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T.; a brief cadenza with violin maestro Joshua Bell; plus book, film, and music reviews.
- Fructose Nation
- Is sugar really healthier than high-fructose corn syrup?
Cover illustration by Eddie Guy