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This week’s articles of note

“Top secret America,” The Washington Post, by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin “The Volcker Rule,” The New Yorker, by John Cassidy “Too many laws, too many prisoners,” The Economist “The age of rage,” Politico, by John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei “The $2 camisole: how cheap is ruining our lives,” Salon, by Mary Elizabeth […]

Not the Pentagon Papers

The release of classified documents on the Afghanistan war by Wikileaks to three major newspapers has been compared to the Pentagon Papers, the top-secret study of US Vietnam War. But this is an inaccurate comparison: in fact, the differences between the two whistle-blowing incidents highlight how today’s Wikileaks story is much less meaningful in political […]

The special relationship

Well, an end to my radio silence. I travelled to London last week, and thought I’d have time to post from there, but discovered that I did not. As it happens, the news while I was in London was about America – namely, David Cameron’s trip to America.  The Prime Minister first visited Washington for […]

This week’s articles of note

“An economics blind to human ingenuity,” The Guardian, by Daniel Ben-Ami “Economics behaving badly,” The New York Times, by George Loewenstein and Peter Ubel “The fatwa: Ayatollah Khomeini and the legacy of the Salman Rushdie affair,” Foreign Policy, by Kenan Malik  “Hayek: the back story,” The New York Times Book Review, by Jennifer Schuessler “Frank […]

George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner will be forever known as the owner of the New York Yankees who restored the baseball team to greatness. After dominating baseball in the first half of the 20th century, the team became mediocre in the 1960s. Following Steinbrenner’s purchase of the team in 1973 for $10 million, the Yankees won seven World Series championships […]

Thank you for exterminating the Prospect Park geese!

The New York Times reports that wildlife biologists working with the federal Agriculture Department last week gassed to death nearly 400 geese in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.  The reason for the extermination was to cull the large geese population which threaten airplane flights over the city. Prospect Park is near to both JFK and La Guardia […]

The LeBron “Decision”

Thumbnail : The LeBron “Decision”

Back from vacation in the hills of the Wild West, with temperature of 75 degrees and zero humidity (eat your heart out those of you sweltering on the East Coast!) and where I heard virtually no news. What did I miss? It seems like last week’s big issue was the LeBron James prime-time TV show […]

On vacation this week…

… will return on Monday, July 12th.

This week’s articles of note

“America may never be the same,” The New Republic, by William Galston “California’s new energy divide,” National Journal, by Ronald Brownstein “Citizenship should remain a birthright,” Reason, by Steve Chapman “Financial regulation: not all on the same page,” The Economist “Is McDonald’s breaking the law by putting toys in Happy Meals?” Time, by Sean Gregory […]

The problem with “cyberbullying”

The New York Times on Monday ran a front-page feature about how school administrators and teachers were being pulled into cases of “cyberbullying” of students outside of school hours. The Timesarticle admits that “cyberbulling” is an “imprecise label for online activities ranging from barrages of teasing texts to sexually harassing group sites”. In a 2010 study, an organization called […]

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