April 23, 2009
The First 100 Days
The audacity continues: THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press Secretary__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 23, 2009 STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY On Thursday, April 23, 2009, the President signed into law: S. 520, which designates the United States Courthouse located in Rockford, Illinois, as the “Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Courthouse”. ## --Michael Crowley
In the second part of a two part discussion, Representative George Miller, Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, shares his thoughts on whether congress will allow the government to make loans directly to students. --Ben Eisler If you missed part one, catch up here. Also check out the latest on TNRtv: Hoyer: Democrats Will Unite On Health Care Reform Johnson: Obama's Futile New Bank Plan Chait/Foer: Chait's Favorite Bushies
Kerry On Pakistan . . . And Obama
USA Today has an interesting interview with John Kerry, who's just back from Pakistan and is pretty critical of Obama's policy toward the country: "Pakistan is in a moment of peril," Kerry, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said during a session with USA TODAY reporters and editors.
April 22, 2009
Moving Beyond Bias
If black firefighters in New Haven can’t make a decent showing on for a test that’s required for promotion, then the question is how we can help them do better, right? It should be. But in the case the Supreme Court is deciding today, Ricci v. DeStefano, the idea is that the test is inherently “biased” against black people because black people haven’t been doing well on it. In 2003, the highest a black candidate scored for a captaincy was 16th place, behind twelve whites and three Latinos.
WASHINGTON--Hugo Chavez's gift to President Obama at the recent Summit of the Americas--a copy of Eduardo Galeano's "Open Veins of Latin America"--has many people wondering what the fuss is about. A decade ago, I and the other two co-authors of the "Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot" devoted a chapter to refuting the historical and ideological fallacies contained in Galeano's tract, which we called the "idiot's bible." Everything that has happened in the Western Hemisphere since the book appeared in 1971 has belied Galeano's arguments and predictions.
Geneva, SwitzerlandAs the second official day of the UN Durban Review Conference comes to a close, most of the media coverage has focused on Mahmoud Ahmedinejad's anti-Israel tirade. His speech continued the tradition of the 2001 Durban World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, which quickly devolved into a single-mindedly anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic circus.
How Simon Johnson Was Radicalized
Tim Fernholz has an interesting essay/profile of the ubiquitous Simon Johnson over at The American Prospect. Others, like Dani Rodrik, have noted the irony of a former IMF true-believer critiquing the administration's economic policies from the left (and the exercised left at that). Tim actually asked Johnson what prompted his evolution from semi-orthodox neoliberal to raging populist: He recalls, early in his time at the IMF, signing off on a report about liberalization in developing countries.
In the first part of a two part discussion, Representative George Miller, Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, explains why Obama's plan to offer student loans directly from the government is right on the money. --Ben Eisler You can find the second part of this interview here. Also check out the latest on TNRtv: Hoyer: Dems Will Unite On Health Care Reform Johnson: Obama's Futile Bank Plan Chait/Foer: What Would Have to Happen For There to Be a Bush Rehabilitation?
Thinking About 'ricci': When Black People Don't Perform As Well On Standardized Tests, What Should Be Done?
If black firefighters in New Haven can't make a decent showing on for a test that's required for promotion, then the question is how we can help them do better, right? It should be. But in the case the Supreme Court is deciding today, Ricci v. DeStefano, the idea is that the test is inherently "biased" against black people because black people haven't been doing well on it. In 2003, the highest a black candidate scored for a captaincy was 16th place, behind twelve whites and three Latinos.
Daily Affirmations 4/22
There were no daily affirmations yesterday. (I said I'm a tough critic.) Today the internet has done more to please me: 1.