Super PACs not so super / Flying 'nones' / Unrewarding?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
3 things for Wednesday, Chicago:

SUPER PACs: NOT SO SUPER. Josh Kraushaar of the National Journal says none of Democrats' fears about the Citizens United ruling -- that it "would create a brave new world where stealthy Republican outside groups would overwhelm underfunded Democratic candidates" -- have come to pass. In fact, Democrats' super PACs in several races are faring better than the Republicans'.

FLYING 'NONES.' Neil Steinberg celebrates a new report from the Pew Forum, "'Nones' on the Rise," which documents a growing number of religiously unaffiliated Americans and reports that, for the first time, Protestants make up less than half the U.S. population. "In detaching from Great Britain and trying to forestall the repressive reach of the Church of England," Steinberg writes, "our founding fathers were like scientists who create a new virus to solve one problem -- a domineering king and his church -- only to see it get loose ..."

UNREWARDING? Raise your hand if you understand Walgreen's new loyal-shopper program (link requires registration). Bonus points if you can explain Dominick's "Just for U" program.

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