Opening Act: Homeschoolers vs. Turtle Bay

Dana Goldstein explains how home schoolers killed the U.N. disabilities convention.

Tim Noah gently guides you through the current wave of conservative purges.

The Potomac Research Group, run by former Postie Jeffrey Birnbaum, releases the results of a hedge fund poll.

The poll of hedge fund, pension fund and money market managers found that 56 percent foresee a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff by year end and 44 percent predict failure in the on-going negotiations. If an accord isn’t reached, 61 percent of the institutional investors surveyed predicted that the Dow Jones Industrial Average will decline by 10 percent or more.

Combing through bad predictions about the 2012 election, I found a Dick Morris classic.

I asked a top Democratic strategist if it were possible that President Obama might “pull a Lyndon Johnson” and soberly face the cameras, telling America that he has decided that the demands of partisan politics are interfering with his efforts to right our economy and that he has decided to withdraw to devote full time to our recovery. His answer: “Yes. It’s possible. If things continue as they are and have not turned around by January, it is certainly possible.”

And the prime minister of Australia gets in on Y2K fever.