1. OUTSIDER

    The Rise of Elizabeth Warren

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    When Elizabeth Warren clambered down from the ivory tower and jumped into the fray of national politics, she quickly made herself known in Massachusetts as an academic turned politico who could serve up fully baked justifications for liberal positions. In a new profile in The New Yorker, legal expert Jeffrey Toobin examines the once apolitical Warren’s journey from Harvard Law School professor to the Democratic Party candidate she now is, locked in combat with Republican Sen. Scott Brown. “So now here we are, we’re in this election of 2012,” the ever-erudite Warren says, “and it’s right there on the table: what is the role of government?”

    Read it at The New Yorker