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Kathleen Kane — Faux Martyr or True Saint

Kane made headlines for her Jeffersonian stance — even if her party does deny that storied Founding Father — of refusing to follow what she perceived as an unjust law. However, is this all there is to the story? A Pennsylvania attorney general who places herself upon the pyre for sake of the constitutional cause of good government, a defender against corruption?

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The Muckrakers: a history

While muckraking articles began appearing in the late 1800s, the January 1903 issue of McClure’s Magazine is generally credited with the launch of muckraking journalism. The term “muckraker” actually appeared later, initially in comments by President Teddy Roosevelt in a 1906 speech about journalism, when Roosevelt referred to a character in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress as “the Man with the Muck-Rake.” Originally used as a pejorative, the public came to embrace the term, as well as the work provided by these intrepid writers.

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War has been declared

A brand new war has begun. The first shots were fired this past January 9 during the State of American Business address given by Thomas J. Donohue, President of the US Chamber of Commerce. It is a strange war — almost like a civil war where brother battles brother and fathers and sons are at each others’ throats. Two giants espousing many of the same basic beliefs, abiding by very similar principles, and with very similar goals are prepared to stand toe-to-toe and battle it out to the finish. In short, the Chamber has declared war on the Tea Party.

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