Best of the Month(s): May-July 2010

10. Five Myths About the Bush Tax Cuts — William G. Gale, Are We a Nation of Property Owners? — Uwe E. Reinhardt, and The Taxman Cometh — James Downie
9. What Could They Have Been Thinking?: Initial Thoughts on the Gaza Flotilla — Stephen M. Walt
8. The Massachusetts Plan Is Working, But the American Health Care System Is Not — Ezra Klein
7. The Roberts Court vs. Free Speech — David Cole
6. Fourteen Examples of Systemic Racism in the U.S. Criminal Justice System — Bill Quigley, White Privilege Alive and Well — Matthew Yglesias, and Voting Behind Bars — Linda Greenhouse
5. Iraq Withdrawal? Obama and Clinton Expanding U.S. Paramilitary Force in Iraq — Jeremy Scahill
4. 5 Places to Look for the Next Financial Crisis — Ezra Klein
3. Blackwater’s New Sugar Daddy: The Obama Administration, Former Top CIA Spy: How U.S. Intelligence Became Big Business, and Obama Administration Keeping Blackwater Armed and Dangerous in Afghanistan — Jeremy Scahill
2. How to Save the News — James Fallows
1. The Runaway General — Michael Hastings
BONUS:  Yes, Governor, Race Matters — Anthony W. Orlando
DOUBLE BONUS: Memo from the Other Side of the Pond: “We Don’t Have a Safe Solution for Greece” — Anthony W. Orlando

Best of the Week(s): July 11-24, 2010

10. Should South Korea Be Allowed to Reprocess Spent Fuel? — Stephen M. Walt, The Great Myth: Counterinsurgency — Conn Hallinanand A Strategy of Staggering Genius in Sudan? — Jack Snyder
9. Overcome by Heat and Inertia — David Leonhardt and Climate Bill, R.I.P. — Tim Dickinson
8. The Pundit Delusion — Paul Krugman, I Leave More Discontented Than I Started — David Obeyand It’s Always the Economy, Stupid — Ezra Klein
7. Bail-Ins, Soft Budget Constraints, and Zombie Banking — e21
6. The Real Story of Racism at the USDA — Chris Kromm and Drug Sentences Create Racial Caste System — Leonard Pitts, Jr.
5. Deficits Do Matter, But Not the Way You Think — L. Randall Wray and What Do Deficit Slashers Wear Under Their Hair Shirts? — Robert Skidelsky
4. Worth It — Andrew Cockburn, Toxic Legacy of U.S. Assault on Fallujah “Worse Than Hiroshima” — Patrick Cockburn, and Vietnam’s Forgotten War Victims — Chris Arsenault
3. The Massachusetts Plan Is Working, But the American Health Care System Is Not — Ezra Klein
2. Iraq Withdrawal? Obama and Clinton Expanding U.S. Paramilitary Force in Iraq — Jeremy Scahill
1. 5 Place to Look for the Next Financial Crisis — Ezra Klein
BONUS:  Your Move: The Maze of Free Will — Galen Strawson

Best of the Week(s): June 13 – July 10, 2010

10. Sudan’s Next War and the Failure of U.S. Leadership — Eric Reeves
9. NOAA: Warmest May, Spring, and Jan-May on Record — Joseph Romm and Global Warming and GDP — Jim Manzi, Brad Plumer, Ezra Klein, & Mike Konczal
8. Could Raising the Income Cap Save Social Security? — Dylan Matthews
7. Regulate Short-Term Funding To Make Banking Safe — Enrico Perotti
6. Costs of Fiscal Austerity — J. Bradford DeLong & Paul Krugman, The Arrogant David Brooks Tells Readers That Stimulus Will Risk National Insolvency — Dean Bakerand Don’t Expect Miracles from Monetary Policy — Mark Thoma
5. The Crisis and the Euro — George Soros
4. Iraq Surge Narrative Challenged by Studies — John Agnew & Claudio Guler
3. On Dodd-Frank: An Overlooked Provision, Section 716, and the Volcker Rule — Economics of ContemptOn Dodd-Frank: Major Swap Participants, Swap Execution Facilities, and Block Trades — Economics of Contempt, and Reforming the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Market: What’s To Be Gained? — Kent Cherny & Ben R. Craig
2. Blackwater’s New Sugar Daddy: The Obama Administration, Former Top CIA Spy: How U.S. Intelligence Became Big Business, and Obama Administration Keeping Blackwater Armed and Dangerous in Afghanistan — Jeremy Scahill
1. The Runaway General — Michael Hastings
BONUS: They Grow Up So Quickly, Don’t They? — A. O. Scott

Best of the Week(s): May 9 – June 5, 2010

Yes, you read that title correctly. Enough is enough. Let’s get up-to-date on this “What to Read” series. Sadly, we must ignore a lot of good articles, but here is a decent selection, heavily biased toward this past week. It’s good to be back on track! — AWO

10. The Black Art of “Master Illusions” — John Pilger
9. Arctic Sea Ice Extent and Volume at Record Lows for the Date — Nick Sundt, Early and Severe Wildlife Situation Develops in Alaska as Fuel Conditions Reach “Historical Maximum Levels” in Some Areas — Nick Sundt, and Asia Records Its Hottest Temperature in History; Category 4 Phet Threatens Oman — Jeff Masters
8. The Decline of Employer-Sponsored Coverage Under Health Reform: Good, Bad, or Ugly? — Austin Frakt and Direct-to-Consumer Advertising in Pharmaceutical Markets: Effects on Demand and Prices — Dhaval Dave
7. CIA Drones Claim “License to Kill” with Impunity: UN Expert — Agence France Presse, Obama’s Expanding Covert Wars — Jeremy Scahilland CIA Drone Operators Oppose Strikes as Helping al-Qaeda — Gareth Porter
6. War Over Bank Capital Heating Up — Damian Paletta and How the Private Sector Outsmarts Regulators — Michael Hirsh
5. Here We Go Again: A Closer Look at the Kerry-Lieberman Cap-and-Trade Proposal — Robert N. Stavins
4. Russia-US-Iran: Nuclear Juggling — Eric Walberg and New Power Brokers in the Middle East — Saif Shahin
3. Leonhardt on Risk: BP, the Housing Bubble and Budget — Dean Baker and Blue Dogs Took Up the Fight for Doctors’ Pay as Poor Lose Health Coverage — Steven Pearlstein
2. What Could They Have Been Thinking?: Initial Thoughts on the Gaza Flotilla — Stephen M. Walt
1. How to Save the News — James Fallows
BONUS: Shorting Reform — Michael Lewis