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The Republicans are the party of extremism war without end, torture without law, and of course tax cuts for you-know-who. But the House is up for grabs and now maybe the Senate too. Can the Democrats win? HAROLD MEYERSON has some answers: he writes for the American Prospect and the Washington Post op-ed page.
Also: Classroom politics and Bias in our colleges and universities: Michael Bérubé is one of the 101 most dangerous academics in America, according to David Horowitz; Michael says universities are being targeted by the right because theyre the last fortress of liberalism. Michael teaches at Penn State; his book is Whats Liberal about the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and Bias in Higher Education.
YOUR MINNESOTA MOMENT: Former Minneapolis FBI agent Coleen Rowley is running for Congress — as a Democrat. She’s the one who tried to warn higher-ups about the terrorists learning to fly passenger planes before 9-11.
Plus: GREIL MARCUS on the promise, and the betrayal, of America: he says The promises America made it itself were so vast they could only be betrayed and from that betrayal emerged the nations prophetic voice. It is this voice that calls Americas citizens to judgment: not the judgment of God, but a judgment they must render on themselves. Greils new book is The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice.
More stuff to read: CIA-FBI Cooperation: The Case of John Lennon, my new piece at the HuffingtonPost.com.
At the movies: The U.S. vs. John Lennon is now playing in 17 cities, including L.A., Irvine, Santa Barbara — and Minneapolis.