Wed. 10/4: Can the Democrats Win?

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.

What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts?: Classroom Politics and 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 they’re the last fortress of liberalism. Michael teaches at Penn State; his book is What’s 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.

The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice

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 nation’s prophetic voice. It is this voice that calls America’s citizens to judgment: not the judgment of God, but a judgment they must render on themselves.” Greil’s 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

At the movies: “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” is now playing in 17 cities, including L.A., Irvine, Santa Barbara — and Minneapolis.