For this weekend’s reading list we have things to be thankful for, a critique of progressive disillusionment, the newest front in the battle against coal, a dangerous proposal to allow indefinite detention of US citizens, and a conservative multimillionaire’s effort to buy North Carolina’s political system.

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Top Ten Things Americans Can Be Thankful For in 2011 – The end of the Iraq War, democratic progress in Tunisia, crime continuing to fall, grassroots activism, and other things that we can be thankful for.

When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable? – An in-depth critique of some progressives’ disillusionment with President Obama and previous Democratic Presidents.

The Coal Pipeline: In Pacific Northwest, a Local Battle Has Global Fallout – How the fight to stop the expansion of coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest has become the latest front in the battle against climate change.

Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define As Being Right Outside Your Window – An ACLU action alert about a dangerous provision of the National Defense Authorization Act pending in the Senate that would authorize the military to indefinitely detain American citizens suspected of ties to terrorism even if arrested here in the US. A vote is possible as early as Monday, so call your Senators and urge them to vote in favor of the Udall Amendment that would stop this blatant undermining of our civil liberties.

State For Sale – How Art Pope, the conservative multi-millionaire owner of Variety Wholesalers, is working to shift political control in North Carolina far to the right.