Best of the Week: August 1-7, 2010

10. Would Small Business Be Hurt by Obama’s Tax Plan? — Edmund L. Andrews and What’s Holding Small Business Back? — National Federation of Independent Business
9. Massachusetts Mandates at Work — Austin Frakt
8. Behind the Columbia/Venezuela Tension — Conn Hallinan
7. Like New Deal, Stimulus Should Create Jobs Directly — Robert J. Shiller and The Real Reason Banks Aren’t Lending — Marshall Auerback
6. Extreme Function: Why Our Brains Respond So Intensely to Exaggerated Characteristics — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran & Diane Rogers-Ramachandran
5. Whose Hands? Whose Blood? Killing Civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq — Tom Engelhardt and 2010 Arabic Public Opinion Poll — Shibley Telhami
4. Unpacking Claims on the Auto Bailout — e21
3. Enrichment Still the Key to Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran — Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett
2. Book Notes: Ramos’ “A Country for All” — Bryce Covert and Fact-Checking the Claims About “Anchor Babies” and Whether Illegal Immigrants “Drop and Leave” — PolitiFact
1. Filibusters and Arcane Obstructions in the Senate — George Packer
BONUS: Topic of Cancer — Christopher Hitchens

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

Best of the Week: April 25 – May 1, 2010

10.  Noriega’s Last Laugh — Christopher Dickey and Atrocities in Afghanistan: A Troubling Timetable — Kathy Kelly & Dan Pearson
9. To Save the Eurozone: $1 Trillion, European Central Bank Reform, and a New Head for the IMF — Peter Boone & Simon Johnson and The European Experience with Large Fiscal Adjustments — Alcidi Cinzia & Daniel Gros
8. Climate Change Indicators in the United States: Summary of Findings — Nick Sundt and CCS Stunner: New Study Finds Geologic Sequestration “Is Not a Practical Means to Provide Any Substantive Reduction in CO2 Emissions” — Joseph Romm
7. Immigration Reform Is Working. Now We Need to Look at What Isn’t. — Edward Schumacher-Matos, To “Control the Border,” First Reform Immigration Law — Daniel Griswold, and The Predictable Tragedies of Arizona’s Anti-Immigration Law — Ezra Klein & Ta-Nehisi Coates
6. The Deficit: Nine Myths We Can’t Afford — Pavlina R. Tcherneva, Stephanie Kelton, L. Randall Wray, Marshall Auerback, Yeva Nersisyan, & Warren Mosler, Do Not Confuse Solvency with Sustainability — Pavlina R. Tcherneva, and Paul Samuelson on Deficit Myths — L. Randall Wray
5. Why Financial Reform Needs a Bank Tax — David LeonhardtWho’s Afraid of a Bank Tax? — David Leonhardt, and Endgame in the Financial Reforms — David Skeel
4. Return of the Death Squads — Jeremy Kryt and Are Aid Donors Now Running Haiti? — Daniel Altman
3. Nukes for Sale — Jeremy Bernstein and A New Start — Tara McKelvey
2. Chris Dodd’s Carve-Outs for Cronies — Mark A. Calabria and Big Business Pleads for Loopholes in Financial Regulatory Reform — Steven Pearlstein
1. Cruel Ethiopia — Helen Epstein and The State of Liberal Democracy in Africa: Resurgence or Retreat? — Tony Leon
BONUS: Chances Are — Steven Strogatz

Best of the Week: April 11-17, 2010

10. The Wonderful “Failure” of the Milwaukee Voucher Program — Scott Sumner
9. Why Immigration Can’t Save Social Security — Andrew G. Biggs
8. The PIIGS Problem: Maginot Line Economics — Marshall Auerback
7. Bye-Bye, Global Cooling Myth: Hottest March and Hottest Jan-Feb-Mar on Record — Joseph Romm, Record Atlantic SSTs Continue; Very Active Hurricane Season Foreseen by CRU and TSR — Jeff Mastersand Newsweek Gets Coal Terribly Wrong — Daniel Stone
6. How Mathematics Might Have Caused the Financial Crisis — Mark Thoma and The Non-Existent Hand — Joseph Stiglitz
5. The Price of Assassination — Robert Wright and Gary Hart
4. Hilda Solis: Labor’s New Sheriff — Esther Kaplan and Cui Bono? — Kevin Drum
3. Why Cap-and-Trade Should (and Does) Have Appeal to Politicians — Robert W. Hahn & Robert N. StavinsThe Complete Guide to Modern Day Climate Change — Scott A. Mandia, and Come On! You Don’t Give the Same Discount Rate to Insurance as Stock, and That Includes Global Warming Insurance! — Richard H. Serlin
2. The Myth of a Kinder, Gentler War — Michael A. Cohen and Army Researchers: Why the Kandahar Offensive Could Backfire — Nathan Hodge
1. FDIC Rebuts Inaccurate Op-Ed and Final Financial Reform Push — Christopher Papagianis
BONUS: Change We Can Believe In — Steven Strogatz