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

Best of the Week: August 23-29, 2009

10. Michael Steele’s Disastrous Idea of a Republican Health-Care Proposal — Steven Pearlstein
9. Behavioral Theory — Dana Goldstein
8. When a Gifted Teacher Has to Jump Through Hoops Just to Keep His Job, Change Is Needed — Jay Mathews
7. Why Are Senior Citizens Crying “Socialism” at Town Halls? — Tom Schaller
6. The Lockerbie Bomber and the “Torture Regime” — Stephen M. Walt
5. Still Undone: Remaking the Financial System — Michael Hirsh
4. How Cuts in State and Local Spending Endanger a Recovery — Robert H. Frank
3. Congress Needs to Pass Some Laws on Controversial Issues — Juan Cole
2. Farewell to the Dollar as the World’s Currency of Choice — Joseph E. Stiglitz
1. We Can’t Afford to Ignore Myanmar — Jim Webb
BONUS: Laugh, Kookaburra — David Sedaris