Cheney for Fisherman
November 29, 2009
Jon Meacham is clearly an intelligent person and skilled writer, but his judgment about America and what America needs is somewhat inferior to that of my cat Lexie. Last November, he was telling us that the election affirmed the nation’s conservatism. Now he is urging Dick Cheney to run for president in 2012.
The Incredible Lightness of the U.S. Media
November 27, 2009
If you just read American newspapers, you might not know that financial markets around the world plunged over news that the government-owned Dubai World – upon which that emirate’s claim to economic (non-oil) leadership in the Middle East rests -- may be on the verge of collapse. I followed the Dubai story in The Financial Times, which headlined it on its web page from the early morning yesterday. Today, they have a three page spread.
Today at TNR (November 24, 2009)
November 24, 2009
How Wall Street Was Defeated on Capitol Hill--For Now, by Noam Scheiber Can Reform Actually Improve Medical Care? Not-So-Promising Signs From the Senate Bill. by Jonathan Cohn The Problem with Putting a Price Tag on Nature, by Bradford Plumer How Geithner Can Fix His Image Problem, by Noam Scheiber Peretz: The Accelerating Decline of Europe, by Marty Peretz Don’t Waste Any More Stimulus Money on Infrastructure, by Robert Puentes Watch Out, Obamacare Has Your Guns in its Sights! by Michelle Cottle Is It Too Late For the Fed to Help Ease Unemployment Rates?
The Accelerating Decline Of Europe
November 23, 2009
There were two high points in the career of Tony Blair.
November 20, 2009
Today the European Union finds itself with two new top leaders--Herman Van Rompuy, the EU’s first president, and Catherine Ashton, the new high representative of foreign policy. If the names are unfamiliar, you’re not alone.
November 18, 2009
Click here to read Steven A. Cook on why we should expect the Palestinians to launch a third intifada. Israeli officials and experts were initially reacting to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's promise not to seek re-election in one of three ways: They believed him and didn’t really care; they believed him and worried about the possible vacuum following his disappearance from the political scene; or they didn’t believe him. Last week, the third option seemed to be the most common read in Jerusalem.
Why France Is Mulling A Carbon Tax
November 17, 2009
Yesterday, I noted that Europe's cap-and-trade system seems to be faring pretty well at cutting CO2 emissions. As a partial counterpoint, though, check out Eloi Laurent's analysis of the ongoing carbon-tax debate in France. The story here is that the E.U. cap-and-trade system has driven down emissions from France's largest industrial facilities and power plants, but that only tackles about half the problem.
Ice Ages And Coal Explosions
November 17, 2009
When people talk about climate change, it's common to envision a slow, drawn-out process that takes decades or longer to unfold. But, looking back through the historical record, rapid Day After Tomorrow-type shifts aren't exactly impossible.
Today at TNR (November 17, 2009)
November 17, 2009
Why Sarah Palin Ended Up Helping Her Cause on ‘Oprah’, by Michelle Cottle Cost Control, Still Not a Fantasy, by Jonathan Cohn Will a Cap-and-Trade System Actually Work?
Please Don't Provoke the Supervolcano
November 16, 2009
Earlier today I was nodding along to Chris Orr's good-humored critique of 2012, but, you know, news like this makes me think more people really need to see the movie and learn not to antagonize supervolcanoes: To ancient Romans the Phlegraean Fields hosted the entrance to Hades. In modern times it is better known as the site of a "supercolossal" volcanic eruption 39,000 years ago. Will we see the next disaster coming? That's one of the questions an ambitious drilling project hopes to answer by sinking boreholes into Campi Flegrei, as the giant collapsed volcanic crater is now called.