ICYMI: Obama’s second thoughts, China’s economic danger, best man-on-street quote ever, and Gore for president?
Your weekly list of good reads and information not to be missed:
- A new meme emerging on the left and on the right: President Obama’s problem is that he hasn’t been willing to consider whether he’s been wrong about some things. Well, except perhaps for his belief that we should be more civil in our political discourse.
- Al Gore for what??? Also, this (language warning with the second link).
- While London burns (and the authorities mostly watch), some big American cities are dealing with a new kind of flash mob (the Atlanta dateline in this story seems to be incidental).
- Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign may have fizzled, but expect him to keep up efforts like this one to engage the public on big conservative ideas.
- I wrote earlier this week that Standard & Poor’s used faulty reasoning and played politics in explaining its downgrade of the U.S. government’s credit rating. Here’s a strong dissenting view.
- From economist Greg Mankiw, a graph displaying almost four decades of data for federal non-defense spending as a share of GDP.
- China faces an economic choice — and danger — that could have consequences for the rest of the world.
- And finally, rare are the days when journalists at the same newspaper get to write a story that begins like this: “A stripper, her sex-offender sibling and their half-brother, dubbed the ‘Dougherty Gang,’ were arrested Wednesday morning after a high-speed chase in Colorado”; and another story with a quote like this: “As we’ve seen on the radio and TV so often, it’s happening all over the place. So either you carry your ‘9,’ you have some divine protection, you say a Hail Mary or do something and you just hope it’s not your day to go.”
Greatest. Man-on-the-street quote. Ever.
– By Kyle Wingfield
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