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In this video Stan Greenberg discusses surveying voters in 54 “battleground” Congressional districts. Stan says up to 30 “very weak” GOP incumbents risk losing their seats come November — enough for a Democratic takeover. More than 60 percent of those voters believe Republicans should cooperate with Obama, who won most of those districts in 2008, rather than fighting the president at every step.


 

 

Find the Democracy Corps polling data and graphs here.

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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