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What To Read (Or Not Read) In This Week’s National Journal

The latest issue of the National Journal is out, and here’s a look at some of the stories you can get online for free:

What America’s Top Tech and Telecom Companies Don’t Want You to Know, by Michael Hirsh
The story: They’ve been helping the government spy on people for a very long time. The cozy relationships go back decades.

Ever watched the X-Files? This is kind of a detailed look at all the stuff they warned was happening, and we just happily assumed was pure fiction. It begs the question, what else do we not know?

Americans Are Once Again Divided by Race, by Editorial Director Ronald Brownstein

The story: The Trayvon Martin case demonstrates how whites and minorities often view politics and justice in very different ways, writes Editorial Director Ronald Brownstein.

Once again? Was there a time in our history that we’ve missed where whites and non-whites just got along spectacularly? Maybe the Trayvon Martin case has put the huge rift back on display, but it’s not like it ever went away. We were hoping for some less-than-obvious conclusions in this piece, but didn’t find many.

Who will control the Senate after the next election?

Can Democrats Win in the South? by Alex Roarty

The story: Uphill Senate battles in Georgia and Kentucky may be the party’s only hope to keep control of the upper chamber.

We’re always a little skeptical of prognosticating political stories, especially after the way pundits and political reporters with opinions were trounced in the last election by a guy with a calculator. Still, it’s worth understanding just how tenuous Democrat’s hold on the Senate is, and any sense of future-telling aside, Roarty does a good job with that.

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