Best of the Week: April 4-10, 2010

10. Why More Immigrants Are an Answer to the Coming Boomer Entitlement Mess — Robert B. Reich and Across the Border, Over the Line — Linda Greenhouse
9. The “Kennedy Court,” Only More So — Lyle Denniston and Justice Stevens and the Benefits of a Boring Court — Evan Thomas & Stuart Taylor, Jr.
8. Just Like Ike (on Deterrence) — Campbell Craig, All Options, Still, on the Table — Tad Daley, Obama’s New Nuclear Plan Leaves Missiles on Hair Triggers — Dan Froomkin, Getting the Iran-Palestine Connection Wrong — Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverettand Pros and Cons in the Nuclear Posture Review — Stephen M. Walt
7. The Hush on Abortion — Shell Fischer and A Question of Values: The Real Abortion Debate — June Carbone & Naomi Cahn
6. Why All of Us Should Want the President to Break His Promise on Taxes — Diane Lim Rogers
5. Why China’s Exchange Rate Is a Red Herring — Avinash Persaud and No Time for a Trade War — Joseph E. Stiglitz
4. The Magnetar Trade: How One Hedge Fund Helped Keep the Bubble Going — Jesse Eisinger & Jake Bernstein and Making Financial Reform Fool-Resistant — Paul Krugman
3. Pakistan: A Nation Under Attack — Robert Fisk
2. When Did the Senate Become Such a Lonely, Cynical Place? — Jennifer Senior
1. Sex, Drugs, and HIV: Let’s Get Rational — Elizabeth Pisani and The Pay-Any-Price Principle — David Sirota
BONUS: Take It to the Limit — Steven Strogatz

Best of the Week: March 14-20, 2010

10. Why Fritz Hollings Is Wrong About Economists — David K. Levine
9. Washout for the Anbar Awakening — Marc Lynch and Followers of Sadr Emerge Stronger After Iraq Elections — Anthony Shadid
8. Unhappy Yemen — Tariq Ali
7. People Vote for Competence Not Policy — Adrian Hamilton, What Failure Would Cost the Democrats — Norman Ornstein & Thomas MannMcConnell Strategy Shuns Bipartisanship — Carl Hulse & Adam Nagourney, and What Happened in Massachusetts — Stephen Asolabehere & Charles Stewart III
6. Global Cooling Bites the Dust: Hottest January Followed by Second Hottest February. Now March Is Busting Out. — Joseph RommGlobal Boiling: Freak Storms on Every Continent — Joseph Romm, and NASA: “It Is Nearly Certain That a New Record 12-Month Global Temperature Will Be Set in 2010” — Joseph Romm
5. Lehman’s Demise, Dissected — William D. CohanCurbing Risk on Wall Street — Oliver Hart & Luigi Zingales, How Bank Credit-Market Funding Helped Spread the Global Crisis — Claudio Raddatz, and How Chris Dodd’s FinReg Proposal Solves the Problem of Information, but Not of Regulators — Ezra Klein
4. Is the U.S. “Offer” to Iran on Medical Isotopes a Pretext for More Coercive Action? — Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett and Rafsanjani Makes His Move — Geneive Abdo
3. Is the Bible More Violent Than the Quran? — Barbara Bradley Hagerty and Lenten Thoughts — Gary Wills
2. Health Reform: What Happens When? — Austin Frakt and A Viewer’s Guide to This Weekend — Sarah Binder
1. As Things Get Worse in Pakistan, the Optimism Continues to Soar — Robert FiskPakistan to America: What Have You Done for Us Lately? — Arif Rafiq, Into the Terrifying World of Pakistan’s “Disappeared” — Robert Fisk, and Don’t Forget India — Nikolas K. Gvosdev
BONUS: Square Dancing — Steven Strogatz and Financial Imagineering — Steven E. Landsburg

Best of the Week: March 7-13, 2010

Yay, we are finally up-to-date on our “Best of the Week” series! Thank you for your patience. We will now return to posting original commentary more frequently…hopefully. — AWO

10. Popular but Ineffective: Repealing Insurers’ Antitrust Exemption — Austin Frakt & Ian Crosby
9. Special Interest — James Surowiecki and Paul Ryan’s Plan to Tax You More — Kevin Drum
8. Marjah, the City That Never Was — Gareth Porter and Sorry, Rove, Bush Did Lie About Iraq — Robert Parry
7. The Case Against Biofuels: Probing Ethanol’s Hidden Costs — C. Ford Runge
6. Medicine in the Dark — Michael Hochman & Danny McCormick
5. CIA Drone Attacks Produce America’s Own Unlawful Combatants — Gary Solis
4. Noam Chomsky: Iran Pursuing Nuclear Weapons Out of Fear — Matthew W. Hutchins
3. One Year into Bull Market, Economists Divided Over Future — E. S. Browning and My Life in Finance — Eugene F. Fama
2. Rethinking Crime–Again — John J. DiIulio, Jr.
1. The Arab Tomorrow — David B. OttawayOnce Again, a Nation Walks Through Fire to Give the West Its “Democracy” — Robert Fisk, The Oil Curse — Christopher DickeyThe Political Resource Curse — Fernanda Brollo, Tommaso Nannicini, Roberto Perotti, & Guido Tabellini, and The Limits to Globalization — Daron Acemoglu & Pierre Yared
BONUS:  Finding Your Roots — Steven Strogatz

Best of the Month: February 2010

10. Massive Moisture-Driven Extreme Precipitation During Warmest Winter in the Satellite Record–and the Deniers Say It Disproves (!) Climate Science — Joseph Romm
9. The Fetishism of Morality — Jonathan Rée and Doing What Comes Supernaturally: Stanley Fish on Fact and Value — Russell Blackford
8. The Making of a Euromess — Paul Krugman and California Death Spiral — Paul Krugman
7. Child Slavery in Uzbekistan — Craig Murray
6. Questions and Answers about the Financial Crisis — Gary Gorton, Due North: Canada’s Marvelous Mortgage and Banking System — Mark J. Perry, and The Troubling Resolution Revolution — Peter J. Wallison
5. “Too Big to Fail” Is No Redemption Song — Avinash Persaud and How to Make a Bank Raise Equity — Oliver Hart & Luigi Zingales
4. Blair: Gaza’s Great Betrayer — Avi Shlaim
3. Eric Holder and the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Trial — Jane Mayer and Susan Collins Spreads Central Myth about the Constitution — Glenn Greenwald
2. The World Needs All Kinds of Minds — Temple Gradin and How Brains Learn to See — Pawan Sinha
1. State of Denial: Searching for Peace in Israel — Robert Fisk, Arieli Is a Man with a Plan. The Trouble Is, It’s a Map of Israel — Robert Fisk, and Gaza’s Defiant Tunnellers Head Deeper Underground — Robert Fisk
BONUS: Let’s Not Create More Debris in Haiti — Anthony W. Orlando

Best of the Week: February 7-13, 2010

10. Cyber Warriors — James Fallows
9. The Wonder Drug Myth — Thomas Goetz and Why Adult Cells Won’t End the Stem-Cell Wars — Sharon Begley
8. The Eurozone Debt Crisis: Facts and Myths — Charles Wyplosz
7. Republicans–Not Obama–More Often on Wrong Side of Public Opinion — Nate Silver
6. Blair, Bush, Israel and Iraq — Stephen M. Walt
5. Listen to the Iranian People — Robert Wright and Salehi: Iran Would Back Down If West Supplies LEU; Khamenei Vows Self-Defense Against “US-Backed Saboteurs” — Juan Cole
4. Yanukovych Is Back — Owen Matthews
3. Massive Moisture-Driven Extreme Precipitation During Warmest Winter in the Satellite Record–and the Deniers Say It Disproves (!) Climate Science — Joseph Romm & Jeff Masters
2. “Too Big to Fail” Is No Redemption Song — Avinash Persaud and How to Make a Bank Raise Equity — Oliver Hart & Luigi Zingales
1. State of Denial: Searching for Peace in Israel — Robert Fisk, Arieli Is a Man with a Plan. The Trouble Is, It’s a Map of Israel — Robert Fisk, and Gaza’s Defiant Tunnellers Head Deeper Underground — Robert Fisk
BONUS: Rock Groups — Steven Strogatz