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mcvs9806 picture seahorse picture The Southern Captivity of the GOP

The Republican "capture" of the South, which helped to give the party control of both houses of Congress, has been so complete that southern cultural values and political agendas now hold the party as a whole in thrall. The result is a problem at the national level that the Republicans cannot easily overcome. As this southern control grows, the party alienates voters in other regions -- even conservative voters.

by Christopher Caldwell

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    by Murray Sayle
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    Notes & Comment: A Good Climate for Investment
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    by Ross Gelbspan

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    Neither the Liberty Bell nor Independence Hall is enhanced by its present setting. A brilliant new master plan reconfigures these central elements of Philadelphia's urban landscape.
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