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Abolish the filibuster: JOYCE APPLEBY is one of nine historians, political scientists, and law profs sponsoring of a petition urging the senate to get rid of Rule 22 permitting the “invisible filibuster” for which they gathered 332 signers. Joyce, professor emerita at UCLA, wrote about the filibuster for the L.A. Times.
Also: BARBARA EHRENREICH talks about Americans’ “unwholesome love affair with Positive Thinking.” She says losing your job, or your home, is not “an opportunity.” Her book BRIGHT SIDED: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America is out now in paperback. (originally broadcast 11/11/09) Read the Journal of Happiness Studies HERE.
Plus: Obama Year Three: ARI BERMAN talks about what happened in the lame duck Congress and Obama’s agenda for the coming year: anything there about jobs? Ari is a political correspondent for The Nation; he’s also written for Rolling Stone and the Guardian. His new book is Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party, where he says it’s time to revive the 2008 grassroots Obama movement.