From The New Yorker, Jane Meyer on the billionaire Koch brothers who are waging a war against Obama. From FDL, a book club on Over the Cliff: How the Obama Election Drove The American Right Insane by Dave Neiwert and John Amato. Tea, Anyone: Maine's surging Tea Party is way out there. Markos Moulitsas on his book American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right (and more). A political party for the mild-mannered is off to a slow start: The Modern Whig Party tries to tap the angry middle — just 59 points back in the polls. Ranking states’ citizen embarrassment levels: Amid a rush of political scandals and missteps, some citizens are more embarrassed for their state than others. Are governors responsible for the state economy? Adam R. Brown on partisanship, blame, and divided federalism. A corrosive collapse in confidence: The deep alienation that Americans feel toward their public and private leadership isn't likely to go away when the economy improves. Democracy through thick and thin: How have we ended up with a public discourse of slogans and sound bites, and how do we escape it. On civility and incivility in American politics: An interview with Susan Herbst, author of Rude Democracy. Jasmine Farrier on his book Congressional Ambivalence: The Political Burdens of Constitutional Authority. Do Americans want to govern themselves?

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