Best of the Month(s): May-July 2010

10. Five Myths About the Bush Tax Cuts — William G. Gale, Are We a Nation of Property Owners? — Uwe E. Reinhardt, and The Taxman Cometh — James Downie
9. What Could They Have Been Thinking?: Initial Thoughts on the Gaza Flotilla — Stephen M. Walt
8. The Massachusetts Plan Is Working, But the American Health Care System Is Not — Ezra Klein
7. The Roberts Court vs. Free Speech — David Cole
6. Fourteen Examples of Systemic Racism in the U.S. Criminal Justice System — Bill Quigley, White Privilege Alive and Well — Matthew Yglesias, and Voting Behind Bars — Linda Greenhouse
5. Iraq Withdrawal? Obama and Clinton Expanding U.S. Paramilitary Force in Iraq — Jeremy Scahill
4. 5 Places to Look for the Next Financial Crisis — Ezra Klein
3. Blackwater’s New Sugar Daddy: The Obama Administration, Former Top CIA Spy: How U.S. Intelligence Became Big Business, and Obama Administration Keeping Blackwater Armed and Dangerous in Afghanistan — Jeremy Scahill
2. How to Save the News — James Fallows
1. The Runaway General — Michael Hastings
BONUS:  Yes, Governor, Race Matters — Anthony W. Orlando
DOUBLE BONUS: Memo from the Other Side of the Pond: “We Don’t Have a Safe Solution for Greece” — Anthony W. Orlando

Best of the Week: July 25-31, 2010

10. Baby Baiting — Robin Templeton
9. An Honest Question for Wehner Fallacy Advocates — Jonathan Chait
8. Anatomy of Lehman’s Failure and the Importance of Liquidity Requirements — Economics of Contempt
7. Hospice Medical Care for Dying Patients — Atul Gawande
6. Report: “Correlation” Between U.S. Aid and Colombian Army Killings — Helda Martínez and Plan Colombia and Mexico — Greg Weeks
5. BP Oil Spill Questions — Jacob Davies
4. Five Myths About Unemployment — Heidi Shierholz and Senate Cutting Food Stamps to Pay for Medicaid and Teacher Funding — Ezra Klein
3. Five Myths About the Bush Tax Cuts — William G. Gale, Are We a Nation of Property Owners? — Uwe E. Reinhardt, and The Taxman Cometh — James Downie
2. The Roberts Court vs. Free Speech — David Cole
1. Fourteen Examples of Systemic Racism in the U.S. Criminal Justice System — Bill Quigley, White Privilege Alive and Well — Matthew Yglesiasand Voting Behind Bars — Linda Greenhouse
BONUS: What Do You Lack? Probably Vitamin D — Jane E. Brody

Best of the Week: December 27, 2009 – January 2, 2010

If you tried to access Trading 8s in the past few days, you noticed it was offline. We had some technical difficulties, but we’re back to business now. Sorry for any inconvenience or confusion. — AWO

10. Getting Away with Torture — David Cole
9. The Great Leap — Christopher Hayes
8. John Mackey and Whole Foods — Nick Paumgarten
7. The Battle for Tora Bora — Peter Bergen
6. Why the Health Care Bill Is Worth Passing — James Surowiecki and What Health Care Reform Will Mean for You — Mary Carmichael
5. Threats to Yemen Prove America Hasn’t Learned the Lesson of History — Patrick Cockburn and The Next Afghanistan? — Bay Fang
4. “Cadillac Tax” Isn’t a Tax: It’s a Plan to Finance Health Care Reform — Jonathan Gruber and In Richmond, Va., Health Cuts with Little Effect on Care — David Leonhardt
3. Cause and Effect in the “Terror War” — Glenn Greenwald and Top Republican Myths about the Crotch Bomber Affair — Juan Cole
2.  The Silent Cleric Who Holds the Key to Iran’s Future — Robert Fisk
1. Lessons Learned But Not Applied — Simon Johnson and Avoiding a Japanese Decade — New York Times
BONUS: Night — Tony Judt

Best of the Week: December 21-27, 2009

Best of the Month: September 2009

We’re adding a new feature to the “What to Read” series. If you want to be really lazy, you can ignore all the “Best of the Week” posts and only read the “Best of the Month” links. I wouldn’t advise it; you’d miss a lot of very important articles. Consider this a reminder to read the best writing on the web each month. — AWO

10. How Health Care Reform Could Combat Crime — Mark A. R. Kleiman
9. The Anarchy of Success — William Easterly
8. Synthetic Biology and Evolution — Michael Specter
7. The Torture Memos: The Case Against the Lawyers — David Cole
6. Dear President Bush, — Andrew Sullivan
5. Kagame’s Hidden War in the Congo — Howard W. French
4. The Afghanistan Impasse — Ahmed Rashid
3. The Deal of the Century — Tom Junod
2. Expect Little and You May Yet Be Disappointed — Willem Buiter
1. Cameron Todd Willingham, Texas, and the Death Penalty — David Grann
BONUS: Fresh, Squeezed Trouble in South America — Anthony W. Orlando