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“Team America” goes to South Africa

(Hat tip: Marbury)

“Addicted” to gadgets?

There’s been much written lately about the impact of electronic gadgets on our everyday lives.

First, there have been reviews and articles about Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. Second, the New York Times ran a long feature on Monday called “Hooked on ...

Exclusive: Spike Lee wants US soccer team to wear “BP Sucks” shirts vs. England

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I did not attend last night’s Brooklyn Blogfest event (my invitation must have got caught in my spam filter). But my spy tells me that film director Spike Lee, the keynote presenter, took the occasion to bash the British about the Gulf oil spill. In doing so, Lee joined a ...

Criticism of Israel gives Washington cover to intervene more in Middle East

Leaders of the European powers were forthright in criticizing Israel’s raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla. French President Nicholas Sarkozy condemned “the disproportionate use of force,” and British Prime Minister David Cameron called the raid “completely unacceptable”. In contrast, President Obama’s response was more circumspect. A White House statement called the ...

This week’s articles of note

“Obama’s youth brigade burns out,” Daily Beast, by Dayo Olopade

“The Tea Party movement isn’t racist,” The New Republic, by John B. Judis

“The beholden state: how public-sector unions broke California,” City Journal, by Steven Malanga

“Happy now?: what’s at stake in America’s battle over free enterprise,” National Review, ...

Finding scandal where there isn’t

First, it was revealed that the White House orchestrated a job offer to senate candidate Joe Sestak, in the hope that he would stand down from the Pennsylvania primary. Now, there are reports that White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina encouraged Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff to pursue ...

The human element in baseball

It was the perfect game – ...

Roubini on financial reform

Here is Nouriel Roubini speaking recently about financial industry reform.

Reasonable, and goes further than the legislation currently being proposed. However, I think we need to be ...

Will eurozone crisis go global?

Interesting BBC discussion on the potential global implications of the eurozone crisis, with British economist Philippe Legrain, Italian politician Emma Bonino and Irwin Steltzer of the Hudson Institute. ...

US economy’s artificial growth

James Bianco has an interesting post over at The Big Picture, entitled, “How much economic growth is ‘artificial’?” The answer: a lot.

Bianco highlights the findings from the recent Congressional Budget Office report, Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output from ...

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