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Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• That according to this Politico story, Obama must lead a Democratic party with two factions: liberals, who want to focus on income inequality and unemployment, and centrists, who have more allegiance to Wall Street? (Guess which one Mayor Emanuel is.) Steve Bogira

• As if you didn’t suspect as much, that the last session of Congress was the most politically divided in history? Mick Dumke

• That the much-bemoaned budget deficit “is already, to a large degree, solved,” according to Paul Krugman? Steve Bogira

• About the questionable ethics behind the quinoa trade? Luca Cimarusti

• Adam Mansbach’s first dispatch from his book tour? (“The publishing industry stopped having new ideas out of respect for the untimely death of Ernest Hemingway in 1961, and has been doing everything the same way ever since.”) Sam Worley

• The Library of Congress blog on the inaugural Bibles? —John Dunlevy

• This Pitchfork article on New York City’s new underground dance-music culture? Tal Rosenberg