The enduring rot in American politics

Saving the Obama Revolution: President Obama should follow the model of the incredibly successful Reagan revolution and heed the political base that made his presidency possible. A look at how President Obama's rhetoric echoes Ronald Reagan. The truth about bureaucracy: To inspire faith in Washington, President Obama may first have to reveal some of his own doubts. Newsmax's John L. Perry on how there is a possibility that the military will stage a coup to "resolve the Obama problem". Who is Barack Obama, and why do people say such loopy, ugly things about him? Philip Weiss on the enduring rot in American politics. A look at how voting for Obama can increase racism. An interview with Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah. Voice of America: When does a society tip from expressive speech into excessive fulmination and then into repression or violence? The roots of political polarization: When Newt Gingrich arranged for House members to go home for the weekend, a sense of congressional collegiality was replaced by cutthroat competition. Long before Al Franken became a senator from Minnesota and Victoria Jackson took to writing a blog skewering Franken’s party, the two shared laughs as part of the same SNL cast in the late 1980s — and a brief but interesting encounter. A crash course in American coarseness: It began not with our politicians but with our stand-up comics. Slate goes inside the wacky but lucrative world of presidential impersonators. The Politico goes inside the curious case of catchy political tunes.