Will This Round of Middle East Talks Work?
Gershom Gorenberg, who writes a bi-weekly column for TAP Online about the Middle East, takes stock of the direct negotiations between Israel and Abbas’ Palestinian Authority, due to resume Thursday in Washington. Since taking office, President Barack Obama has sought to revive direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Thursday’s ceremonial reopening of the talks is the...
I can’t spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead....– President Barack Obama, on misinformation about his birthplace and religious beliefs. (via officialssay)
Jamelle Bouie: Ultimately, [what keeps women from tech] are systemic problems, and they require a response from every level of the system, from the men who fund tech startups, to the educational system that pushes girls away from math, science and technology.
Adam Serwer: What conservatives are doing at this point is not looking for evidence of religious extremism but policing Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf’s political views for things they find objectionable and then presenting them as evidence of religious extremism.
Alexandra Gutierrez: “As Sarah Palin works to become nearly ubiquitous in the Lower 48, many of her former supporters in Alaska are trying just as hard to forget her. When Joe Miller loses the primary today, hardly anyone in Alaska will be surprised that Palin’s chosen candidate did poorly. Palin’s influence in the state started to slip when she agreed to be John McCain’s...
Ex-Muslims and Opposition to Cordoba House
Jamelle Bouie: “For some conservatives, there isn’t any validation better than that which comes from having a member of a marginalized group speak in favor of said marginalization.”
A Further Guide to Old (and Young) Media Tumblrs
When we decided to get into this game, we’ll admit we went to Gawker’s guide to old media Tumblrs as the starting place for our follow list. But here’s a few they missed: Public Radio International Good mix of PRI stories and random finds off the internet. They had us with the Alan Lomax video archives reblog Colorlines An Elizabeth Warren Rap Video? Auto-follow Foreign...
Tim Fernholz: “A new policy proposal will gather dust until a Paul Krugman or a David Brooks puts it before the world in a 800 word chunk.”
Tribalism And Constitutional Rights, Ctd.
Adam Serwer: The Economist has a disturbing new poll on the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero, and it has some rather disturbing numbers. Among them, only 50% “think that Muslims have a constitutional right to build a mosque there,” 57% of Democrats and only 32% of Republicans. I haven’t seen the internals, but more Republicans (58.5%) think they know “a...
publicradiointernational: theforestofthings: Sweet Jesus, the good people at the Alan Lomax Archives are posting video! This, my friends, is a freaking treasure.
With the news that Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on only one of the 24 charges against him, it’s worth revisiting this post by Christopher Hayes: Playing devil’s advocate for a moment. Obviously, if the tapes areaccurate, what Blagojevich was odious and unethical and dishonorable. But was it illegal? Also, of course, the Blago tape that is the beloved refrain of editors...
For tasks that don’t require constant monitoring of live data productivity seems...– Why turning-off in coffee shops is a a turn-on for casual customers (via theeconomist)
So how many suicides are associated with the recession? Nobody knows, not yet....– Annie Lowrey “Death and Joblessness” « The Washington Independent
Adam last night on Rachel Maddow talking the “Ground Zero Mosque.” Read: his take on Sen. Harry Reid’s opposition to Cordoba House and his ambivalence about Barack Obama’s Friday statement of support.
Nothing says “Douthat” like egregiously poor use of historical analysis.
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Guys, We Made You a Special Report on Health Care!
Paul Starr starts you off with an explainer of the next health care reform battle: getting it implemented. The reforms will have to be defended in two national elections because the major provisions don’t go into effect until January 2014. Assuming the law survives national efforts to reverse it, its implementation will also depend on complementary action in all 50 states, including many ...