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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Mitt Romney • Former GOP presidential candidate
This weekend’s column: Truth trumps money. This time ...

The truth and returns on investments — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune

This is just between you and me. Really. You have to promise you won’t tell anybody I said this.

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But Citizens United may not be the end of democracy as we know it.

Heresy, I know. Progressive, good-government folks like me are supposed to look at the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that equated money with speech and opened the floodgates of SuperPAC spending the way vegans look at a bacon cheeseburger. With revulsion, disgust and just a little jealousy.

We thought Citizens United would take power away from the voters and hand it to the well-funded special interests.

Tell that to President-elect Romney. ...


Republicans: Don’t Trust Fox News! — Allison Benedikt | Slate

Some In GOP Criticize Fox For Failing Its Audience — David Folkenflik | NPR

Sheldon Adelson’s Lousy Election Bets — Dave Gilson | Mother Jones

Karl Rove Rejects Ohio Results — The Daily Download

The Oracle’s Debacle — Frank Bruni | The New York Times

Is the Cult of Karl Rove Over? — David Freedlander | The Daily Beast

Karl Rove Fights Off His Reckoning — Conner Simpson | The Atlantic Wire

Take the Money and Lose — David Weigel | Slate

Why did Republican super PACs waste so many millions on bad TV?

Citizens United Is Still Worth Hating — Eric Posner | Slate

Even though the fat-cat super PACs lost at the polls.

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