John Tierney

Schumer's support for Hagel seems like another setback for the pro-Israel lobby. Or is it?

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John Tierney argues that Larry Summers' take on the role of gender and science, which got him fired as president of Harvard, was right: The Duke researchers — Jonathan Wai, Megan Cacchio, Martha Putallaz and Matthew C. Makel — focused on the extreme right tail of the distribution curve: people ranking in the top 0.01 percent of the general population, which for a seventh grader means scoring above 700 on the SAT math test.

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Worth Reading

Stiglitz/Sen commission on flaws in GDP as measure of social health issues final report. Richard Posner discovers Keynes. Someone is actually defending the rating agencies. Oil discoveries are on the rise. John Tierney writes up the US-EU longevity gap study that I had some problems with. The United States of McDonalds.

Why We Are Sick

Harold Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Special Correspondent for The Treatment. This morning’s “Science Times” includes an item by John Tierney titled “To Explain Longevity Gap, Look Past Health System.” The piece starts out strong, noting that the health system—by which he means the notably narrower universe of personal health services—is not the only reason this nation scores poorly in international lifespan rankings.

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The Fifth Columnist

This fall, New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. launched a search for a new conservative columnist. It had been nearly three years since William Safire had retired from his weekly column in 2005, and Sulzberger’s initial replacement, libertarian John Tierney, lasted just 20 months before abandoning his column.

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