Best of the Week: August 29 – Saturday 4, 2010

10. The Effects of Immigrants on U.S. Employment and Productivity — Giovanni Peri
9. Don’t Worry About a Bubble in U.S. Government Bonds — Daniel Gross
8. Al-Qaida in Yemen: Poverty, Corruption, and an Army of Jihadis Willing to Fight and Shabwa: Blood Feuds and Hospitality in al-Qaida’s Yemen Outpost — Ghaith Abdul-Ahad
7. Ahmadi and Friends — Hooman Majd
6. Why Cheaper Money Won’t Mean More Jobs — Robert Reich and The Path to a High-Wage Society — Peter Dreier
5. Making Social Security Less Generous Isn’t the Answer — Ezra Klein
4. The Limits of Force as an Instrument of Foreign Policy — Shireen T. HunterDiary — Jonathan Steele, Why Do Wars of Choice Last So Long? — Stephen M. Waltand Flying the Flag, Faking the News — John Pilger
3. Economic Consequences of Speculative Side Bets: The Case of Naked CDS — Yeon-Koo Che & Rajiv Sethi and Central Clearing and Systemic Risk — Ilya Podolyako
2. Recovery Act: How Obama’s Stimulus Is Changing America — Michael Grunwald
1. Sarah Palin: The Sound and the Fury — Michael Joseph Gross
BONUS: “I Was Wrong Again!” What Ben Bernanke Meant to Say — Andrew Leonard

Best of the Month: January 2010

10. PANIC!!! — Jonathan Chait, What Will Make People Trust Government Again? — John Sides, and A Formula for Futility — Ronald Brownstein
9. Iran, the Competition Over Eurasian Natural Gas, and the Revival of Classical Diplomacy in the 21st Century — Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett
8. If It’s That Warm, How Come It’s So Damned Cold? — James Hansen, Reto Ruedy, Makiko Sato, & Ken Lo
7. A Bank Levy Will Not Stop the Doomsday Cycle — Peter Boone & Simon Johnson, Engineering Financial Stability — Robert J. Shiller, Who Bears the Costs of Post-Crisis Recovery? — Barry Ritholtz, and A Bomb Squad for Wall Street — William D. Cohan
6. What Toronto Can Teach New York and London — Chrystia Freeland, The Little-Known Reason Why Investment Banks Got Too Big, Too Greedy, Too Risky, and Too Powerful — Daniel Gross, and For Wall Street, Tough Talk, but Weak Reforms — William D. Cohan
5. The Tree-Lined Bunkers That Could Change the Face of the Middle East — Robert Fisk
4. Obama’s Secret Prisons — Anand Gopal & Tom Engelhardt
3. Nothing to Fear — John R. Bowen
2. A Deal with the Taliban? — Ahmed Rashid
1. The Year Climate Science Caught Up with What Top Scientists Have Been Saying Privately for Years — Joseph Romm
BONUS: What Isn’t the Weatherman Telling You? — Anthony W. Orlando

Best of the Week: January 24-30, 2010

10. No Such Thing as “Simple” Health Reform — Uwe E. Reinhart
9. Nude Awakening — Jeffrey Rosen
8. Boxed In: The Constraints of U.S. Foreign Policy — Geoffrey Wheatcroft and U.S. Envoy’s Cables Show Worries on Afghan Plans — Eric Schmitt
7. For the Love of Culture — Lawrence Lessig
6. The Depressing News about Antidepressants — Sharon Begley
5. The Jihadist Next Door — Andrea Elliott
4. Roll Over, Charles Darwin! — A. A. Gill
3. What Toronto Can Teach New York and London — Chrystia FreelandThe Little-Known Reason Why Investment Banks Got Too Big, Too Greedy, Too Risky, and Too Powerful — Daniel Gross, and For Wall Street, Tough Talk, but Weak Reforms — William D. Cohan
2. Obama’s Secret Prisons — Anand Gopal & Tom Engelhardt
1. Nothing to Fear — John R. Bowen
BONUS: Muslim Inventions That Shaped the Modern World — Olivia Sterns