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My Brittle Grip Series

I don't think I've ever done this before. But I've had a number of readers write in today asking that I link to each post from the "brittle grip" series I've been doing - the most recent of which was this morning. If you're new to this: it's a series of posts (going back a couple years) about the seemingly growing insecurity of vast wealth, even as the power of the wealthiest Americans - judged by most conceivable metrics - has risen dramatically over recent years and certain over the last few decades. What's behind a Tom Perkins Kristallnacht outburst? The antipathy of Wall Street toward President Obama? The widespread belief among the very wealthiest Americans (let's say centimillionaires) that wealth is under siege.

The Brittle Grip ... May 21st, 2012

The Brittle Grip, Part 2 ... January 25th, 2014

The Brittle Grip, Part 3 ... April 3rd, 2014

What We Know

The early and still somewhat sketchy reports about Fort Hood shooter Ivan Lopez show he was having trouble at the base. One longtime friend reportedly said that he'd recently complained about having "been robbed or something." Here's what we know so far.

It's How You Say It

As someone who works in a male-dominated field like political journalism, I'm constantly aware of the gender imbalance in the profession. I've been caught on endless listserv threads about why there aren't more women at a given organization and why more women don't apply for certain types of positions.

German researchers found that something as simple as how the job description is written in the listing can affect the types of candidates companies attract.

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The store (Guns Galore) where Fort Hood shooter Ivan Lopez apparently bought his gun was the same store where Nidal Hasan bought the gun used in the 2009 massacre there.