Need To Read: September 16, 2009

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Today’s must-reads:

  • No one likes Max Baucus’s health care bill (NYT)
  • Chairman of Joint Chiefs says more troops likely needed in Afghanistan (NYT)
  • “No one quite knows when, or how, the system will crumble. But make no mistake: it will, eventually, crumble.” (Ezra Klein)
  • “You see here the cost of a really irresponsible elite in the United States of America.” (The Economist)
  • My profile of @DarrellIssa from the Sept/Oct issue, “Enter Stage Right.” (MoJo)
  • Young people will pay for a lot of health care reform (WaPo)
  • Jon Chait on Ayn Rand and “Wealthcare” (The New Republic)
  • Washington’s worst: McConnell and 14 other corrupt lawmakers (MoJo)
  • WWE CEO Linda McMahon to slam Dodd (MoJo)
  • The government has an app store (Bits Blog/NYT)
  • Obama calls Kanye a ‘jackass’—the audio (TMZ)
  • Jews: Not “Values Voters”? (MoJo)
  • Death of Usama bin Ladotune (Spencer Ackerman)

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Minority rule, corruption, disinformation, attacks on those who dare tell the truth: There is a direct line from what's happening in Russia and Ukraine to what's happening here at home. And that's what MoJo's Monika Bauerlein writes about in "Their Fight Is Our Fight" to unpack the information war we find ourselves in and share a few examples to show why the power of independent, reader-supported journalism is such a threat to authoritarians.

Corrupt leaders the world over can (and will) try to shut down the truth, but when the truth has millions of people on its side, you can't keep it down for good. And there's no more powerful or urgent argument for your support of Mother Jones' journalism right now than that. We need to raise about $450,000 to hit our online fundraising budget in these next few months, so please read more from Monika and pitch in if you can.

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