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This is Amazing

Martha Coakley's loss to Scott Brown, bringing the accidental Senator to national prominence, almost upending Obamacare and in many ways drawing open the curtain on what would become the 2010 blow out is an almost iconic event. This year Massachusetts Dems gave her a shot at Governor. And it looks like she may be on a course to blow this one too. Check out this chart.

Roberts Pulls a Lazarus

A couple weeks ago I had a very hard time believing that Pat Roberts would really manage to lose his Senate seat in since Kansas is an incredibly Republican state and Roberts is a proxy for Republican control of the Senate. On the other hand, it was equally hard to see how an extremely unpopular incumbent whose poll numbers were stuck in the 30s could find another 15 to 20 points lying around after decades in Congress. But he's at least made it an even race now. And in a hardcore GOP state that has to make him the favorite. Our Dylan Scott took a close look at how Roberts and especially a crisis team of top national GOP operatives turned the thing around.

Thoughts on Ben Bradlee's America

I have always thought that Ben Bradlee was the rebel and swashbuckler that All the Presidents Men made Woodward and Bernstein seem to be. As you have no doubt heard, Bradlee died today at the age of 93. The AP obituary captures some of the jauntiness of the man with the first line. "In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place." As he so often does when he takes to the keyboard, David Remnick, a one-time employee, has an almost perfect evocation of the man in this piece just published at

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More on the Criminalization of School

TPM Reader MA has another thread of the criminalization of high school story. I would say that I still think the mid-late 20th century crime boom is a big, big part of this story, one which is obviously heavily bound up with race but is an independent statistical and societal fact. With that, TPM Reader MA ...

Josh, interesting post on the criminalization of innocuous behavior in schools, but I think you missed an important thread. Like the drug war and the militarization of policing, I think this phenomena is largely an expression of our nation's white supremacist origins and continuing mass anxieties and hysterias about race. One of the things that's come out of the recent discussion of the killings of Micheal Brown and Eric Gardner, etc., is how police forces are encouraged, through a plethora of mostly unspoken or indirect policies and cues and the prejudices police officers learn like the rest of us growing up in America, to see black and brown-skinned people and particularly young black males as a dangerous, violence-prone, always up-to-no-good criminal class.

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The Criminalization of Schooling

In the constant stream of articles that wash over us from an ever-expanding number of publications, a few stand out. One of them is an article published this morning by The Wall Street Journal. The subject was the increasing tendency for schools to bring in the police for incidents that most of us over 30 or certainly 40 would think of as things schools handle with detention or suspension or one of the other tools we associate with school discipline.

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