Best of the Week(s): August 8-21, 2010

My reading hasn’t been comprehensive these past couple weeks, but considering what it takes to pack up one’s possessions and move across the country, this is a very high-quality list. — AWO

10. Fun with Mortality Tables — Paul Krugman, For Cost Control, Vouchers and Medicare Don’t Mix — Austin Frakt, and Rep. Ryan’s Reverse-Robin-Hood Budget Plan — Paul N. Van de Water
9. Tax Reform for the Rich and Ultra-Rich — James Surowiecki and High-Income People Would Benefit Significantly from Extension of “Middle-Class” Tax Cuts — Chuck Marr & Gillian Brunet
8. Democratic Values, Islam, and the Judeo-Christian Fallacy — Stuart Whatley
7. Mitt Romney’s Wet-Noodle Economics — Robert B. Reich
6. Marriage and the Role of the State — Glenn Greenwald
5. U.S. Middle East Peace Talks: Wrong Approach to Region? — Tony Karon
4. Is Congress Subsidizing Slackers? — Ruth Marcus
3. The Digital Surveillance State: Vast, Secret, and Dangerous — Glenn Greenwald
2. The Myth of the Social Security System’s Financial Shortfall — Michael Hiltzik
1. News at 11: How Climate Change Affects You — Amy Goodman and Media Wakes Up to Hell and High Water: Moscow’s 1000-Year Heat Wave and “Pakistan’s Katrina” — Joseph Romm
BONUS: The Two Churchills — Johann Hari

Best of the Week: June 6-12, 2010

10. The Littlest Schoolhouse — Ta-Nehisi Coates
9. Private Contractors and Covert Wars in Latin America — Cyril Mychalejko
8. Iran’s Green Movement: One Year Later — Juan Cole and Iran Sanctions: Not Just Useless But Counterproductive — Richard Dreyfuss
7. What If Hamas Had Attacked Humanitarian Ships in International Waters? — Ed KinaneIDF Beatings, Abuse, Doctored Evidence Emerge — Mel Frykbergand The Method in Israel’s Madness — Pepe Escobar
6. What Happens When Democrats Are “Fighting Wall Street with One Hand, Unions with the Other,” While Republicans Are Fighting Unions with Two Hands? — Andrew Gelman & Matthew Yglesias
5. A Failure of Economic and Environmental Regulation — James Surowiecki and From the Oil Spill to the Financial Crisis, Why We Don’t Plan for the Worst — Richard A. Posner
4. “The Price That We Pay”: Undocumented Immigrants and Taxation — Yana Kunichoff
3. David Brooks and the Power of Magical Thinking at the NYT — Dean Baker and The United Kingdom Draws the Wrong Lessons from Canada — Marshall Auerback
2. Mark to Market and the Eurozone Crisis — e21
1. Waking Up From the American Dream — Joe Nocera
BONUS: The Governor and the Condemned Man — Dick Meister

Why It Is a Rising and Not a Setting Sun

“But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.” — Benjamin Franklin

It is a good morning. We haven’t had enough of those in this country in the past decade.

hat tip: Kevin Drum
hat tip: Kevin Drum

Last night, Congress approved the health care bill.

University of Rome Tor Vergata economist Robert Waldmann cried tears of joy. George Mason University economist Don Boudreaux wanted to vomit.

Okay, not everybody is happy this morning. For my less-enthused readers, I thought I’d post a special edition in our “What to Read” series. Herewith, I reproduce the best articles, columns, essays, and posts that I’ve read on the health care debate since I started this blog. But first, I want to second Steve Coll’s motion to celebrate one journalist in particular:

If you, like me, are uplifted by the historical potential of Sunday’s vote, then the best way to sit still inside what has happened is to scroll back through Ezra Klein’s blog. If you haven’t been reading Klein throughout the health care reform debate, you’ve missed one of the inspiring examples of how new forms of journalism in the hands of a new generation of journalists (who don’t always admire, but don’t always disrespect, the example of the generation before them) can produce vital new work. Klein is an example of a policy wonk in possession of both passionate opinion and scientific method who put himself into position to cover the dull-but-important story of a lifetime.

Coll has inspired me to create a new tradition for this blog: a “Journalist of the Year” award. With a little backdating, we are proud to honor Ezra Klein with the 2009 Trading 8s “Journalist of the Year” Award.

And now, everything you need to know about the health care bill, including many fine posts by our first annual Journalist of the Year:   Continue reading “Why It Is a Rising and Not a Setting Sun”