August 16, 2007
- Steven Stark at RCP argues that Obama and Edwards are their own worst enemies in the debate format. I don’t disagree.
- Former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta has some advice for the Bush Administration on how to avoid lame-duckery. I’d bet good money Podesta is wasting his time here.
- Don Rumsfeld actually resigned the day before the election. How about that.
- The Democrats really should make a point of passing the South Korea – US free trade pact. They won’t, but they should.
- Especially not if this is any indication. Please, Democrats, please stop doing this. I want to vote for you. I really do.
August 7, 2007
- Tyler Cowen presents a really interesting argument about the nature of poverty, based on a book by Charles Kareli.
- Foreign Policy‘s Mike Boyer points to the fact that Grist (and other environmental organizations) tend to ignore conservative environmentalists.
- A pretty entertaining Freakonomics Q&A with Columbia sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh about gang life.
- Over at Salon, Juan Cole calls the latest surge of good news on the surge “a surge of phony spin.” Surge.
- Also at Salon, Glenn Greenwald interviews Chris Dodd. I have found myself increasingly impressed by Dodd. It’s a shame he’s such a long-shot.
- MD Governor Martin O’Malley and DLC Chair Harold Ford argue for Democratic centrism in the WP. Steve Benen is not impressed.