April 09, 2007

In Today's Web Magazine

Jonathan Cohn argues the Europeans nationalized health care without rationing treatment; James Kirchick wonders whether South Africa would send troops to help Zimbabwe's dictator; Christine Stansell remembers Belva Lockwood, who ran for president before women could even vote; and Adam Kirsch praises E.A. Robinson, who was part moralist and part modernist. --Adam B. Kushner

April 05, 2007

Duped By A Dictator

In a post on the Guardian's Comment is Free blog, Matthew Yglesias comes to the conclusion that the resolution of the British hostage crisis is somehow a success for "doves." Mocking critics of the Iranian regime's shameful p.r. theatrics as "warmongers" (an epithet he uses with wild abandon) Yglesias writes: Disappointed though the hawks may be, the fact that the crisis arose in the first place illustrates the continuing dangers posed by the Bush administration's policies of confrontation. ...

April 03, 2007

Good Americans And Torture

by Sanford Levinson Many Germans protested that they had "no idea" that untoward things (beyond ordinary and presumably "acceptable" levels of anti-Semitism) were occurring during the years of the Final Solution. These have come down to history as the "good Germans," who preferred not to know what was going on about them (assuming, of course, we credit their sincerity with regard to their claims of ignorance).

Kyle Sampson, Cub Attorney

by Christine Stansell Not enough has been said about the dream of Kyle Sampson, Cub Attorney, to be U.S. attorney for Utah. Sampson graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1996. After a brief stint at a white-shoe law firm, he joined the right-wing stampede to Bush's Washington and landed a White House job via a friendship with Liz Cheney. By my calculations he was a little over 30 when he started axing career attorneys. But that wasn't enough for Sampson. After firing so many grownups, he thought he could be a grownup, too. And why not?

Damascus Doings

This is interesting. At the very moment the White House is attacking Nancy Pelosi for visiting Syria, it turns out that three Republican Congressmen are there, as well. Funny that you don't hear the White House terming their Damascus sojourns a "really bad idea." --Jason Zengerle

April 02, 2007

Stage Fright
12:00 AM

These days, as politicians tend to furiously distance themselves from the Iraq war, it's hard to remember back to 2003, when everyone wanted a piece of it. Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz weren't the only ones, after all, itching to give Iraq an ideological makeover. Some celebs seemed disappointed they had missed the chance to lead the invasion themselves, and, after Saddam Hussein's statue fell, more than 50 of them poured over the border with the USO. Arnold Schwarzenegger pumped the troops' adrenaline with a screening of Terminator 3.

Freaks and Geeks
12:00 AM

One of the few papers I actually read as a grad student was written by a pair of economists named Josh Angrist and Alan Krueger. In the early '90s, Angrist and Krueger set off to resolve a question that had been gnawing at economists for decades: Does going to school increase your future wages? Intuitively, it seemed obvious that it did. When you compared the salaries of, say, Ph.D.s with those of high-school dropouts, the grad-school set almost always did better. The question was whether education accounted for the difference.

L'etat C'est Moi

by Linda Hirshman Cass Sunstein has done us all his usual good service by bringing some old-fashionedcivic republican analysis to the newer phenomenon of the blogosphere. That similar trends have been observed in satellite TV and radio reflects, I fear, that the blogosphere at most, reinforces the polarization of the society.

Supreme Court And Climate Change

by Cass Sunstein Just out: The Supreme Court has ruled against the Bush administration in the climate change case. It is too soon to know whether this is a major development in terms of climate change, but it is a remarkable outcome in terms of the law. The plaintiffs faced several serious obstacles: It was not clear that they had standing, it was not (entirely) clear that EPA's decision was reviewable under the ordinary standards, and it was not clear that the EPA's decision was inconsistent with the Clean Air Act.

Climate Change After The Supreme Court

by Cass Sunstein One of the most interesting questions raised by today's decision is the likely aftermath. In a nutshell, the EPA said that it lacked the legal authority to regulate greenhouse gases from motor vehicles, and also said that it would decline to regulate greenhouse gases even if it had such authority. The Court ruled (1) that the EPA had the authority to regulate greenhouse gases and (2) that it did not adequately explain why it declined to do so.