This has been a banner session for the hard-right agenda. Among
those benefiting (apart from the religious right and wealthy tax-payers) are the gun-making industry, big polluters, securities
cheats, and other institutional powers.
The big Congressional stories this year have been big-ticket legislation, like Medicare prescription
drugs and the pork-layered energy bill. But barely under the political radar, a long-sought, hard-right G.O.P.
agenda has been quietly progressing. Proposals dear to the Republican leadership that would undermine gun controls, women's
reproductive freedom, a citizen's right to seek court redress, and a vital array of other constitutional bulwarks are moving
slowly toward what in some cases seems like almost certain passage. ...
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