An interview with Greg Koger, author of Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate. An unprecedented 10-year study’s surprising verdict: The real outcome of most K Street lobbying is nothing — until the right party or person comes to power. The right wing mantra: If at first you don't secede. How much government is enough? An interview with John Samples, author of The Struggle to Limit Government. How to succeed in politics: If the Whigs, Populists and Feminists can be co-opted by the Democrats and Republicans, the Tea Party will suffer the same fate. Pro-gun, anti-bank, and a staunch defender of civil liberties, Russ Feingold should appeal to the Tea Party crowd. An interview with Naomi Cahn and June Carbone, authors of Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture. From Slate, are all rich people now liberals? (No.) How our Decider-in-Chief decides: John Dean on decisionmaking and the Obama presidency. It's Obama's White House, but it's still Bush's world. George W. Bush and his team already wrote a book in the presidency’s final, excruciating days, A Charge Kept — and nobody noticed. A review of The Book of Bastards: 101 Worst Scoundrels and Scandals from the World of Politics and Power by Brian Thornton. Bad name: When political names become insults. From Cracked, an article on political cartoons, the lowest form of communication.

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