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Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is convinced that if the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana led to a runoff between himself and incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (R-LA), the entire global community will watch the race to see which party will control the Senate.

During a Mandeville, La. town hall in April, Cassidy said that it's "likely" that after election day in November there will be 50 Republicans and 49 Democrats elected to the Senate.

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A new political science study that's gone viral finds that majority-rule democracy exists only in theory in the United States -- not so much in practice. The government caters to the affluent few and organized interest groups, the researchers find, while the average citizen's influence on policy is "near zero."

"[T]he preferences of economic elites," conclude Princeton's Martin Gilens and Northwestern's Benjamin I. Page, who work with the nonprofit Scholars Strategy Network, "have far more independent impact upon policy change than the preferences of average citizens do."

TPM spoke to Gilens about the study, its main findings and its lessons.

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Glenn Beck warned that anti-Semitism was growing in the united States, especially at universities.

Beck made the comments on Monday and the clip was aired as part of his nightly television program. A producer on Beck's show told him about a widely reported flyer in Ukraine that said Jews had to register with the government. The origins of the fliers are under dispute, but they have been condemned by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

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