Most people are probably aware by now that Senator and former presidential contender John Edwards (D-N.C.) is the latest in a long line of morally challenged politicians to be caught up in an extramarital affair — in this case one so breathtakingly depraved as to defy imagination. Of course, since he is a Democrat, there has been no talk of censure or other official rebukes from Congress, even if his political career is over — maybe.

An Associated Press writer says “the crushing weight of its debt threatens to overwhelm everything the federal government does,” even under the best-case scenario. This theme of unsustainable debts and deep holes has been reviewed elsewhere on this site, and it’s small comfort that it is now making headlines in the controlled mainstream media: 

Debra MedinaWhen it comes to successfully challenging the hegemony of the Republican establishment, this ain’t Debra Medina’s first rodeo. In fact, the up-and-coming Texas gubernatorial candidate who was once dismissed by the media as a particularly dark horse is an old hand at facing down the monied blue bloods that control many state Republican Party branches.

Patrick KennedyPatrick Kennedy's decision not to seek reelection to Congress will bring to an end, at least temporarily, his family's decades-long "dynasty" and his own turbulent political career. Barring an unanticipated fun by another Kennedy, next year there will be not Kennedy in elected federal office for the first time since 1947.

Proof of the independent spirit that quickens the Tea Party Movement’s adherents can be found in the group’s apparent influence in the Texas GOP Primary for Governor set for March 2.

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