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Class war at the Supreme Court (WaPo)
Harold Meyerson writes that the Court's conservatives weren't even trying to hide their double standards by declaring that corporations can spend freely while unions are lucky they're still allowed to collect dues, or that Arizona is more sovereign than Montana.
Are we headed toward another court-packing crisis? (WaPo)
Ezra Klein interviews FDR historian James Simon about whether the right-wing Court could provoke progressives into a response even more drastic and aggressive than President Obama's infamous screed about how it would probably do the right thing.
Excluding Outsiders or Coming Together for the Common Good: What's the True Meaning of Patriotism? (Robert Reich)
Reich notes that many "patriotic" conservatives seem to hate our government and want to radically reshape American society, yet they're also deeply concerned about keeping out scary foreigners on the grounds that they might share the same feelings.
Look beyond summits for euro salvation (FT)
Martin Wolf examines three options for the eurozone that he believes would be more economically and politically feasible than whatever comes from its latest meeting of the minds, the minutes of which are likely to include a lot of "..." and "[Blank stares.]"
What if the euro's not worth saving? (WaPo)
Brad Plumer notes that despite calls for solidarity and warnings that a break-up of the eurozone would be economically devastating, German and French voters are increasingly convinced that it's time to stop heroic measures and sign a DNR for the union.
Women who don't have anything close to 'it all' (WaPo)
Katrina vanden Heuvel argues that if we want women to be able to "have it all," we have to start by addressing the millions of working mothers struggling to make sure they have anything and the structural barriers that have been built around the grand prize.
Mismeasuring Poverty (TAP)
Mark Levinson notes that the American government, like others, has a nack for holding down poverty by narrowing the definition rather than, say, providing for the basic needs of its people (for basic needs, see: bad estimates of what they spent 50 years ago).
The Resistance Continues as Citizens Fight Budget Cuts (The Nation)
Allison Kilkenny writes that although the news is no longer filled with stories of the unwashed masses getting maced and blasted by sound cannons for expressing an opinion, the Occupy movement continues to stand against austerity around the country.
Obama's desperate plea (Salon)
Alex Seitz-Wald highlights the Obama campaign's latest scare tactic: warning voters that Mitt Romney and his allies are going to outspend an incumbent president for the first time in modern history. The scariest part? They're not really exaggerating.
Inquiry Looks Into a Shield for Donors in Elections (NYT)
Nicholas Confessore reports that New York AG Eric Schneiderman is investigating the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups exploiting the popular "This isn't my money; I'm just holding it for an anonymous friend" campaign finance loophole.
With additional research by Danielle Bella Ellison.