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- Will a confused and frightened citizenry vote against its own interests?
- The Long Con
- Attention tea partiers: The head you're putting on the chopping block may be your own.
- Attack on the Middle Class!!
- First they came after your paycheck. Then your house. What's next?
- Will Obama Put Up a Fight?
- How Obama lost control of the economic message.
- Invasion of the Brain-Devouring Platitudes
- Five election-year memes I never want to hear again. Ever.
- What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?
A nighttime raid. A reality TV crew. A sleeping seven-year-old. What one tragedy says about the unraveling of America's middle class.
- Home Wreckers
How fishy foreclosures earned millions for lawyers like David J. Stern—and made the housing crisis even worse.
- Junkets for Jesus
Why are congressmen traveling the globe to minister to despots on the taxpayers' dime?
- A Fistful of Dollars
Crime is rampant. The cops and courts are a joke. That's why residents of Oklahoma's Indian nations turn to a bruiser-for-hire like Ruben.
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Gay? Sorry, no foster home for you; Al Gore's inconvenient Truthers; Rand Paul's media paranoia; secessionists from sea to shining sea; immigration judge burnout; the right's legal shock troops; college carnivores vs. Michael Pollan
- Reduced-guilt gifts for the little people on your list
- An Inconvenient Vermouth
- Think globally, drink locally: the greenest booze for your holiday buck.
Cover illustration by Zina Saunders