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It’s been an exciting and unsettling week:

Obama ended hospital-visitation discrimination for gays. The first lady went to Haiti, and there are pictures!

The Supreme Court decided not to hear the case of a man on death row whose judge and prosecutor were literally in bed together.

A 10-year-old girl in Mexico is being forced to carry the child of her molesting stepfather.

No one knows why maternal mortality’s going up among African Americans in NYC.

Free speech won some additional protection, although at the expense of rodents who get crushed by chicks in high heels for fetish videos.

Berkeley students can now wipe their asses with John Yoo’s ethics.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

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We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

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