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Abolish the filibuster: JOYCE APPLEBY is one of nine historians, political scientists, and law profs sponsoring of a petition urging the senate to get rid of Rule 22 permitting the “invisible filibuster." Joyce, professor emerita at UCLA, wrote about the filibuster for the L.A. Times.
Also: BARBARA EHRENREICH talks about Americans’ “unwholesome love affair with Positive Thinking.” She says losing your job, or your home, is not “an opportunity.” Her book BRIGHT SIDED: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America is out now in paperback. (originally broadcast 11/11/09)
Plus: Obama Year Three: ARI BERMAN talks about what happened in the lame duck Congress and Obama’s agenda for the coming year: anything there about jobs? Ari is a political correspondent for The Nation. His new book is Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party, where he says it’s time to revive the 2008 grassroots Obama movement