Best of the Week(s): August 8-21, 2010

My reading hasn’t been comprehensive these past couple weeks, but considering what it takes to pack up one’s possessions and move across the country, this is a very high-quality list. — AWO

10. Fun with Mortality Tables — Paul Krugman, For Cost Control, Vouchers and Medicare Don’t Mix — Austin Frakt, and Rep. Ryan’s Reverse-Robin-Hood Budget Plan — Paul N. Van de Water
9. Tax Reform for the Rich and Ultra-Rich — James Surowiecki and High-Income People Would Benefit Significantly from Extension of “Middle-Class” Tax Cuts — Chuck Marr & Gillian Brunet
8. Democratic Values, Islam, and the Judeo-Christian Fallacy — Stuart Whatley
7. Mitt Romney’s Wet-Noodle Economics — Robert B. Reich
6. Marriage and the Role of the State — Glenn Greenwald
5. U.S. Middle East Peace Talks: Wrong Approach to Region? — Tony Karon
4. Is Congress Subsidizing Slackers? — Ruth Marcus
3. The Digital Surveillance State: Vast, Secret, and Dangerous — Glenn Greenwald
2. The Myth of the Social Security System’s Financial Shortfall — Michael Hiltzik
1. News at 11: How Climate Change Affects You — Amy Goodman and Media Wakes Up to Hell and High Water: Moscow’s 1000-Year Heat Wave and “Pakistan’s Katrina” — Joseph Romm
BONUS: The Two Churchills — Johann Hari

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