What most people want (but usually do not say) is more mobilization by the groups they support and less by the groups they oppose: Matt Grossmann on his book The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance (and more). Research suggests voters who know the parties’ platforms are more likely to support Democrats. Everyone agrees American politics have become completely polarized; perhaps more remarkable is another change: over the past half-century, the two parties completely switched roles, with the GOP turning into rebels and the Democrats defending the status quo. From Mother Jones, Andy Kroll on the down and dirty history of secret spending, PACs gone wild, and the epic four-decade fight over the only kind of political capital that matters; Kevin Drum on the GOP's 10-year campaign to gin up voter fraud hysteria — and bring back Jim Crow at the ballot box; and a look at the quick way to end the vote-fraud wars: A National ID card. The Mega Millions Solution: Would thousands line up to vote if they knew they had a chance of winning money?

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