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FEB 26, 2015 - New Statesman

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Simon Heffer: Could the general election lead to constitutional crisis?

Another hung parliament and the ill-conceived Fixed Term Parliaments Act could compromise the country's constitution. Get it? Although it has become a commonplace that the outcome of the general election on 7 May is less predictable than almost any in living memory, the consequences of a result that does not provide a majority government are only now beginning to be ...

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FEB 26, 2015 - American Prospect

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The Libertarian Delusion

This article appears as part of a special report, "What the Free Market Can't Do," in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. The stubborn appeal of the libertarian idea persists, despite mountains of evidence that the free market is neither efficient, nor fair, nor free from periodic catastrophe. In an Adam Smith world, the interplay of supply and ...

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FEB 26, 2015 - Huffington Post

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The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

Lobbyists and trade groups have pumped huge sums into the coffers of super PACs and nonprofits connected to Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ever since the Citizens United decision. (Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images) When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy cast the deciding vote to gut a century of campaign ...

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FEB 25, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Christie and Walker take different paths on union issues

The two different approaches — one seeking detente, the other not bothering — underscore the legislative realities each governor faces at home as well as the message each is trying to send as he prepares to enter the 2016 presidential campaign. A Republican governor in a state with a Democratic legislature, Christie often has little choice but to work across ...

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FEB 25, 2015 - Reuters

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Rahm-Rauner ties likely to survive Chicago mayor's re-election battle

CHICAGO (Reuters) - As Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel struggles to get re-elected, one of his biggest problems will be how to deal with Illinois' new Republican governor Bruce Rauner, whose proposed budget would slash hundreds of millions of dollars of state funding for the city.

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