Jesse Jackson Jr. Leaves Mayo Clinic

In today's link roundup: The Chicago congressman has left treatment for the second time. Plus: How the GOP became a party of dissidents. 

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Jessee Jackson Jr. leaves Mayo Clinic: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who remains under a U.S. House committee's investigation into his dealings with imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has left the Mayo Clinic, where he was being treated for bipolar disorder for the second time since taking a leave of absence from Congress in June, the Associated Press reports.

Black kidney-cancer patients die sooner: New research shows that whites with kidney cancer consistently outlive blacks with the same condition, according to a new study appearing in the American Cancer Society’s publication Cancer.

In defense of the Electoral College: Slate presents five reasons to keep "our despised method of choosing the president."

How the GOP became a party of dissidents: The Burton Wire's Devona Walker argues that there are several things threatening the Republican Party, but they have very little to do with Obama or the Democrats.

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