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: July 25-31, 2010

10. Baby Baiting — Robin Templeton
9. An Honest Question for Wehner Fallacy Advocates — Jonathan Chait
8. Anatomy of Lehman’s Failure and the Importance of Liquidity Requirements — Economics of Contempt
7. Hospice Medical Care for Dying Patients — Atul Gawande
6. Report: “Correlation” Between U.S. Aid and Colombian Army Killings — Helda Martínez and Plan Colombia and Mexico — Greg Weeks
5. BP Oil Spill Questions — Jacob Davies
4. Five Myths About Unemployment — Heidi Shierholz and Senate Cutting Food Stamps to Pay for Medicaid and Teacher Funding — Ezra Klein
3. 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
2. The Roberts Court vs. Free Speech — David Cole
1. Fourteen Examples of Systemic Racism in the U.S. Criminal Justice System — Bill Quigley, White Privilege Alive and Well — Matthew Yglesiasand Voting Behind Bars — Linda Greenhouse
BONUS: What Do You Lack? Probably Vitamin D — Jane E. Brody

Best of the Week: March 28 – April 3, 2010

We will return to the “Top 10” format because the feedback didn’t suggest much value-add from the “Top 15”. If you wish us to return to the “Top 15” at any time in the future, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment on the site or email us. — AWO

10. Why Celibacy Should Be Abolished — Hans Küng
9. EIA: New Offshore Drilling Will Lower Gas Prices in 2030 a Few Pennies a Gallon — Joseph RommRisk Is Clear in Drilling; Payoff Isn’t — John M. Broder & Clifford Krauss, Grounded Ship: 3km Oil Spill on Great Barrier Reef — Marissa Calligeros, and What the Frack? — David Biello
8. Here We WMD Again — Scott Ritter, The United States, Iran, and the Middle East’s New “Cold War” — Flynt Leverett & Hillary Mann Leverett, and “Reporting” on Iran Should Seem Familiar — Glenn Greenwald
7. Is the Health Care Law Unconstitutional? — Jack M. Balkin, Randy Barnett, Abbe R. Gluck, David B. Rivkin, Lee A. Casey, & James F. Blumstein, Individual Mandate Penalties Are Adequate — Austin Frakt, Is “ObamaCare” Destroying Wealth? — Uwe E. Reinhardt, and Economy Will Get a Boost from Health Care Overhaul — Mitchell Schnurman
6. The Income Rollercoaster — Karen Dynan and High Income Disparity Leads to Low Savings Rates — Yves Smith
5. What Makes Chechen Women So Dangerous? — Robert A. Pape, Lindsey O’Rourke, & Jenna McDermitLady Gaga vs. the Occupation — Thomas Hegghammer, and Hating Us For Our Degeneracy — Daniel Larison
4. Study: Two-Thirds of Boys in Afghan Jails Are Brutalized — Gareth Porter, Iraqi Children’s Growth Stunted by War, Says Study — BBC NewsPacified Populations — Kathy Kelly, Night Raids Belie McChrystal’s New Image — Gareth Porter, and Gen. McChrystal: We’ve Shot “an Amazing Number of People” Who Were Not Threats — Justin Elliott
3. 10 Questions for Finance Reformers — Barry Ritholtz and The Lone Star Secret — Alyssa Katz
2. Fiscal Policies in “Normal” and “Abnormal” Recessions — Paul De Grauwe
1. How to Combat Modern Slavery — Kevin Bales
BONUS: Power Tools — Steven Strogatz

Why It Is a Rising and Not a Setting Sun

“But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.” — Benjamin Franklin

It is a good morning. We haven’t had enough of those in this country in the past decade.

hat tip: Kevin Drum
hat tip: Kevin Drum

Last night, Congress approved the health care bill.

University of Rome Tor Vergata economist Robert Waldmann cried tears of joy. George Mason University economist Don Boudreaux wanted to vomit.

Okay, not everybody is happy this morning. For my less-enthused readers, I thought I’d post a special edition in our “What to Read” series. Herewith, I reproduce the best articles, columns, essays, and posts that I’ve read on the health care debate since I started this blog. But first, I want to second Steve Coll’s motion to celebrate one journalist in particular:

If you, like me, are uplifted by the historical potential of Sunday’s vote, then the best way to sit still inside what has happened is to scroll back through Ezra Klein’s blog. If you haven’t been reading Klein throughout the health care reform debate, you’ve missed one of the inspiring examples of how new forms of journalism in the hands of a new generation of journalists (who don’t always admire, but don’t always disrespect, the example of the generation before them) can produce vital new work. Klein is an example of a policy wonk in possession of both passionate opinion and scientific method who put himself into position to cover the dull-but-important story of a lifetime.

Coll has inspired me to create a new tradition for this blog: a “Journalist of the Year” award. With a little backdating, we are proud to honor Ezra Klein with the 2009 Trading 8s “Journalist of the Year” Award.

And now, everything you need to know about the health care bill, including many fine posts by our first annual Journalist of the Year:   Continue reading “Why It Is a Rising and Not a Setting Sun”

Best of the Month: November 2009

10. Why They Hate Us (I): Lessons from Civil War Reconstruction — Stephen M. Walt
9. The Hospital That Could Cure Health Care — Jerry Adler & Jeneen Interlandi and Shopping Around for the Best Prices in Medical Care — Walecia Konrad
8. Gaza, Gilad Shalit, Hamas, and Israel — Lawrence Wright
7. A Failure To Explain Financial Benefits of Health Care Reform — Thomas F. Schaller and Health Care Rationing, American-Style — Uwe E. Reinhardt
6. A Milestone in the Health Care Journey — Ronald Brownstein
5. A Crime of Shadows — Mark Bowden
4. The Cost of Not Enacting Health Care Reform — Linda J. Bilmes & Rosemarie Day
3. US Was ‘Hell Bent’ on Iraq War, UK Envoy Says — David Stringer and UK Hearing Reveals US Pondered Iraq Invasion in Early 2001 — Maya Schenwar and Leaked UK Documents Detail Iraq War Chaos — David Stringer
2. If Health Care Is Going to Change, Dr. Brent James’s Ideas Will Change It — David Leonhardt
1. Human Rights in the New Millennium — Noam Chomsky
BONUS:  Banks Too Big?: Government Has Failed To Do Its Job — Anthony W. Orlando