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”

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