Thursday, July 15, 2010

Read Stuff, You Should

What not to read?  How about Sheryl Gay Stolberg's entirely content-free "news analysis" in today's NYT.  Sample: "But Mr. Obama’s legislative success poses a paradox: while he may be winning on Capitol Hill, he is losing with voters at a time of economic distress, and soon may be forced to scale back his ambitions."  This is not, strictly speaking, a paradox.  Or, you know, something that would count as "news" to the readers of the Times.  OK?  Enough said: on to the good stuff.
1. Political scientist roundup: John Sides knows public opinion.  Branden Nyhan knows presidential approval ratings.  Seth Masket knows about pols in elections

2. If you think this is a good year for Republican women, check in with David S. Bernstein.

3. Paul Waldman nails McCain-worship from the press.

4. Andrew Sullivan, on Iraq.

5. The ACA and the deficit; Jonathan Cohn translates from the CBO.

6. A double shot of Conor Friedersdorf: in full take-down mode, and why haven't more people linked to this one?  And a related nice post by E.D. Kain about conservatives, plus one from Timothy B. Lee about the culture of libertarians.

7. Do you know about the Radford-Moorer Affair?  You should, and it was back in the news recently.


  1. That Radford-Moorer link is only the first page of something, with no links to the rest that I could see in Firefox or IE. Maybe you could put a short summary into Wikipedia.

  2. The piece by Timothy Lee is really fine, probably the smartest commentary I have seen on the whole "liberaltarian" debate, which has previously made me roll my eyes. Maybe I've just gotten cynical about the idea of lefty-libertarian alliances after hearing the incoherence of poseurs like Kos and lightweights like Bill Maher waxing sentimental about libertarianism when it's clear they've got little in common with it. Lee's piece really made me understand, in concrete terms, what such an alliance would mean, and why it will be difficult--but neither impossible nor undesirable--to pursue. I'm not sure I agree, but it is worth thinking about.


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