Best of the Week: May 2-8, 2010

10. Cuba: A Way Forward — Nik Steinberg & Daniel Wilkinson
9. Who Pays for the Oil Cleanup? — Bradford Plumer
8. Five Myths About the Pill — Barbara Kantrowitz & Pat Wingert
7. The Message from the Glaciers — Orville Schell
6. Big Pharma, Bad Medicine — Marcia Angell
5. Afghanistan: Is It Time to Talk to the Taliban? — Jonathan Steele
4. Capital Markets Committee Proposes Blueprint for Compromise on Financial Reform — Hal ScottCan a Clearinghouse Really Stop the Next Financial Crisis? — Mark Roeand How to Avoid a “Bailout Bill” — John B. Taylor
3. High-Tech Death from Above: U.S. Drone Wars Fuel War Crimes — Tom Burghardt
2. Shadow Banking — Nomi Prins
1. Dems Break GOP’s Attempted Filibuster in the Senate, But Proposed Wall Street Reforms Are Pretty Flimsy — Zach Carter and A “Modest Proposal” for Capital Market Reform: Close Down Rule 144A — Jeff Madrick & Stephen Diamond
BONUS: Group Think — Steven Strogatz

Best of the Week: April 25 – May 1, 2010

10.  Noriega’s Last Laugh — Christopher Dickey and Atrocities in Afghanistan: A Troubling Timetable — Kathy Kelly & Dan Pearson
9. To Save the Eurozone: $1 Trillion, European Central Bank Reform, and a New Head for the IMF — Peter Boone & Simon Johnson and The European Experience with Large Fiscal Adjustments — Alcidi Cinzia & Daniel Gros
8. Climate Change Indicators in the United States: Summary of Findings — Nick Sundt and CCS Stunner: New Study Finds Geologic Sequestration “Is Not a Practical Means to Provide Any Substantive Reduction in CO2 Emissions” — Joseph Romm
7. Immigration Reform Is Working. Now We Need to Look at What Isn’t. — Edward Schumacher-Matos, To “Control the Border,” First Reform Immigration Law — Daniel Griswold, and The Predictable Tragedies of Arizona’s Anti-Immigration Law — Ezra Klein & Ta-Nehisi Coates
6. The Deficit: Nine Myths We Can’t Afford — Pavlina R. Tcherneva, Stephanie Kelton, L. Randall Wray, Marshall Auerback, Yeva Nersisyan, & Warren Mosler, Do Not Confuse Solvency with Sustainability — Pavlina R. Tcherneva, and Paul Samuelson on Deficit Myths — L. Randall Wray
5. Why Financial Reform Needs a Bank Tax — David LeonhardtWho’s Afraid of a Bank Tax? — David Leonhardt, and Endgame in the Financial Reforms — David Skeel
4. Return of the Death Squads — Jeremy Kryt and Are Aid Donors Now Running Haiti? — Daniel Altman
3. Nukes for Sale — Jeremy Bernstein and A New Start — Tara McKelvey
2. Chris Dodd’s Carve-Outs for Cronies — Mark A. Calabria and Big Business Pleads for Loopholes in Financial Regulatory Reform — Steven Pearlstein
1. Cruel Ethiopia — Helen Epstein and The State of Liberal Democracy in Africa: Resurgence or Retreat? — Tony Leon
BONUS: Chances Are — Steven Strogatz

Best of the Week: April 18-24, 2010 (sort of)

In trying to catch up, I skipped a few days during April 18-24. I can’t guarantee that these are the “best” of the week. In fact, I’m sure I missed some important ones, but I can assure you that these are all very good. — AWO

10. Falling Out — Ted Galen Carpenter
9. Precedent Suggests Afghanistan Taliban Could Win: Report — Ben Arnoldy
8. Congress Drops the Ball on Rating Agency Reform — Barbara Kiviat
7. The Economist Manifesto — Amartya Sen
6. Mind Over Meds — Daniel Carlat
5. Mortgage Deduction: America’s Costliest Tax Break — Jeanne Sahadi
4. Yes, It’s a Bailout Bill — Phillip Swagel and Resolution Authority: Missing an Umpire — Stephen Lubben
3. Al Qaeda’s Top Gun — Jeremy R. Hammond
2. Why Do Harvard Kids Head to Wall Street? An Interview with an Ex-Wall Street Recruit — Ezra Klein
1. Six Doctrines in Search of a Policy Regime — Paul Krugman, Pesos, Ponzi, and Financial Sector Profits — Paul Krugman, and Minsky vs. Krugman — Arnold Kling
BONUS: It Slices, It Dices — Steven Strogatz

Best of the Week: April 11-17, 2010

10. The Wonderful “Failure” of the Milwaukee Voucher Program — Scott Sumner
9. Why Immigration Can’t Save Social Security — Andrew G. Biggs
8. The PIIGS Problem: Maginot Line Economics — Marshall Auerback
7. Bye-Bye, Global Cooling Myth: Hottest March and Hottest Jan-Feb-Mar on Record — Joseph Romm, Record Atlantic SSTs Continue; Very Active Hurricane Season Foreseen by CRU and TSR — Jeff Mastersand Newsweek Gets Coal Terribly Wrong — Daniel Stone
6. How Mathematics Might Have Caused the Financial Crisis — Mark Thoma and The Non-Existent Hand — Joseph Stiglitz
5. The Price of Assassination — Robert Wright and Gary Hart
4. Hilda Solis: Labor’s New Sheriff — Esther Kaplan and Cui Bono? — Kevin Drum
3. Why Cap-and-Trade Should (and Does) Have Appeal to Politicians — Robert W. Hahn & Robert N. StavinsThe Complete Guide to Modern Day Climate Change — Scott A. Mandia, and Come On! You Don’t Give the Same Discount Rate to Insurance as Stock, and That Includes Global Warming Insurance! — Richard H. Serlin
2. The Myth of a Kinder, Gentler War — Michael A. Cohen and Army Researchers: Why the Kandahar Offensive Could Backfire — Nathan Hodge
1. FDIC Rebuts Inaccurate Op-Ed and Final Financial Reform Push — Christopher Papagianis
BONUS: Change We Can Believe In — Steven Strogatz

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