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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Past Time for Speaking Out (NYT)

new blot discovered

President Bush’s refusal to speak out publicly and clearly about China’s repressive behavior is an abdication of leadership and a blot on his record.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

As Rebates Run Their Course (NYT)

voodoo economic desk

A second round of economic stimulus is needed, but lawmakers will be doing a disservice if they serve up more of the same.

How Obama Became Acting President (NYT)

the manchurian snowman

by Frank Rich
Barack Obama-branded change is snowballing, whether it’s change you happen to believe in or not.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Higher Fares, Worse Service, No Help (NYT)

free money sought

With a possible fare increase looming, New York City’s subway riders deserve better service, and more help from both their city and their state.

Debating From the Domestic Front (NYT)

embrace the intertubes

Attending a Google-sponsored debate in New Orleans, fed by text-messaging questioners and YouTube aficionados, would be a good move for both presidential candidates.

Finally, Nowhere to Hide (NYT)

moral lesson

Radovan Karadzic’s capture should serve as a warning to other leaders who incite and abet genocide and believe they can escape justice.

A Time for Urgency (NYT)

too leftist to fail

The nation’s leaders must act quickly and take the necessary, if politically unpopular, steps to rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from insolvency.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

It’s the Economic Stupidity, Stupid (NYT)

theater critic economics

by Frank Rich
Were voters forced to actually focus on John McCain’s response to our economic crisis, the prospect of his ascension to the Oval Office could set off panic.

9/11 and 4/11 (NYT)

weekly apocalyptic wonderment

by Thomas Friedman
We are addicted to dirty fossil fuels, and this addiction is driving a whole set of toxic trends that are harming our nation and world in many different ways.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Losing Private Dwyer (NYT)

the basket-case model of the military


Pfc. Joseph Dwyer was a model of the strength and selflessness of the American soldier fighting in Iraq. But it was post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction that eventually killed him.

Drilling’s Lure (NYT)

editorial apparently fit to print

Congress should not sacrifice long-term environmental protections for short-term political gain by giving into the pressures to lift the moratorium on offshore oil drilling.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Help Closer to Home (NYT)

habitual liars

One proven way to prevent borderline young offenders from becoming serious criminals is to treat them — and their families — in community-based counseling programs instead of shipping them off to juvenile facilities that are often hundreds of miles away from home.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Katrina’s Most Vulnerable (NYT)

a city of homeless

Political leaders in New Orleans should understand that getting homeless people into permanent housing is the right thing to do for the homeless and for the city.


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