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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 ...

Obama and emotional correctness

When it comes to assessing President Obama’s response to the Gulf oil spill, many pundits are asking whether the president is being sufficiently emotional in his response.

 In the New York Times, Charles M. Blow writes: “There are many things at which the president is extraordinarily gifted. Emoting isn’t one ...

The unreliability of memory

Thumbnail : The unreliability of memory

In his latest novel, the mostly hopeful story of a dying man trying to make sense of his life, Paul Auster ditches his usual formalism in favour of creating engaging characters.

Read my review of Invisible, by Paul Auster, in the ...

This week’s articles of note

“Rescuing the rescuers,” The Economist

“Al-Qaeda in the New National Security Strategy,” Foreign Policy, by Marc Lynch

“Does Obama feel the Gulf’s pain?” Salon, by Joan Walsh

“The teachers’ unions’ last stand,” The New York Times Magazine, by Steven Brill

 “The plastic panic,” The New Yorker, by Jerome Groopman

On the criticisms of Obama and BP over the Gulf oil spill

Thumbnail : On the criticisms of Obama and BP over the Gulf oil spill

In a press conference today, President Obama defended the federal government’s handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, including his own response. He also announced a suspension of drilling in the Gulf, Virginia and the Arctic. 

Clearly, the oil spill in the Gulf has proved to ...

1,200 troops sent to Mexican border to… do what exactly?

President Obama has ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to the border in the Southwest.

The New York Times reports that Obama’s decision came after Obama met with Republican senators who had demanded more troops. But Republicans were generally not placated. Senator John McCain of Arizona said it was not enough, ...

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