From LRB, why not eat an eclair? David Runciman reviews Free Riding by Richard Tuck. From Der Spiegel, an interview with Noam Chomsky: "The United States has essentially a one-party system". A look at how our psychology helps politicians bend the truth. Neurologist Robert Burtin explains why you shouldn't believe in political candidates that sound too sure of themselves.  New directions in pork: Some little-known tips for reaping Federal pork dollars — hint: Vote against the president. From Gelf, here's a guide to the American electorate: Presenting a taxonomy of political stereotypes. Ezra Klein on undecided voters: Studies show that most actually have chosen a candidate. From Slate, here's the Really Busy Person's Guide to Political Activism: Life-hacking for partisans. How did ACORN become such a controversial organization in national politics?  An article on "Red Dawn": Its portrait of Russia is dated, but its portrait of America is timely — and terrifying. A review of 10 Books that Screwed Up the World: And Five Others That Didn't Help by Benjamin Wiker. An article on what right wingers mean when they call Obama a "socialist". Does your subconscious think Obama is foreign? A profile of Andy Martin, the man behind the whispers about Obama. Christopher Hitchens endorses Barack Obama: McCain lacks the character and temperament to be president, and Palin is simply a disgrace.

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