Jason Zengerle

Senior Editor

State houses may be getting more scrutiny thanks to stalemate in Washington.

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We never had footage of Bill and Monica or David Vitter and the madam. Here's what we missed.

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Hypocrisy won’t be what brings down Calipari. His teams’ performances will.

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Ted Cruz and Rand Paul Have Switched Places

Everyone expected the Ivy League guy to suck up and Aqua Buddha guy to stick out. They were wrong.

Washington expected the Ivy League guy to suck up and Aqua Buddha guy to stick out. They were wrong. 

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Texas Republicans Keep Moving Right

Think the radicals lost on primary day? Look who they're about to elect.

Dewhurst loses, Abbott wins, and the Texas GOP keeps moving right.

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The Idealist

The bomber carried balloons. They were silver and purple, and when he stepped inside the parking garage, they flitted and danced around his head—obscuring his face, as well as his intentions. It was October 2008, just after 4:30 on a Wednesday afternoon, and the workers in the office tower above the garage in suburban St. Louis were still at their desks. Only surveillance cameras saw the man with the balloons as he hurriedly walked to the parking space marked “654,” knelt down, and placed a wicker basket next to the driver’s side door of a late model Acura TL.

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Earlier this month, a new conservative economic think tank called e21 sent a letter to Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. The missive bore a heavy gloss of intellectualism. Its topic was the Fed’s “large-scale asset purchase plan (so-called ‘quantitative easing’),” and it carried the signatures of numerous academics and professional economists, all of whom listed their various books (The Ascent of Money), past governmental jobs (Chairman, President’s Council of Economic Advisors; Director, Congressional Budget Office), and current institutional affiliations (Harvard, Stanford, Columbia).

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There are still two weeks left until the midterm elections, but it’s not too early to declare a winner in the contest for the most despicable political ad of this campaign season. On Friday night, Jack Conway, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, released a 30-second spot questioning the Christian faith of his Republican opponent Rand Paul. Conway’s ad focused on two episodes from Paul’s days as a college student in the early 1980s.

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The Mental State

Jason Zengerle's 2010 chronicle of South Carolina's nutty politicians.

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Early last week, Alvin Greene paid a visit to the studios of WBT Radio in Charlotte. Ostensibly, he was there to drum up support for his campaign to unseat South Carolina Senator Jim Demint. But, as is always the case with Greene, politics quickly gave way to farce. For two hours, he offered up his daffy policy proposals (like selling action figures of himself to end the recession) and fumblingly dodged embarrassing questions about his involuntary discharge from the military and his recent indictment for allegedly showing pornography to a University of South Carolina coed.

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