Matt Stoller is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. You can follow him on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/matthewstoller.
World’s First Atomic Laser Created, TG Daily
Candidates unloved in FL town hit by foreclosures, AP. Voters don’t really like or trust anyone to help them. They don’t blame Obama for the foreclosure crisis, but they don’t think he’ll solve it. And they don’t think Romney will either.
Twitter can now block tweets in specific countries IT World. When in Rome, censor as the Romans do…
Does Technology Affect Happiness? New York Times. Probably? Yes? But maybe not in the way you think? This study looks marginally interesting, basically girls who spend all their time using multi-media tend to be less happy than those that don’t. This study will be bandied about with confident cocktail party chatterers proclaiming wisely that Twitter makes you less social or something. Just be aware.
Bill Gates on Using His Money to Save Lives and Fix U.S. Schools, and Steve Jobs, Yahoo News (h/t John Lovie)
Dole Slams Gingrich as ’One-Man-Band’ Hurting Party, Bloomberg. This is the one obligatory post on the GOP race and the debate last night, don’t worry, there aren’t any more in the links post. Your welcome. I included this one because it shows the essential dynamic in the race, which is the Republican establishment ganging up on Gingrich to knock him out of the race. Florida is a TV-driven state, with lots and lots of low information voters. The Mitt media blast may be working. Gingrich has regained his national lead in the polls.
Obama’s Financial Crimes Unit: Task Force’s Details Emerge, Huffington Post
Paying cash in hand is ‘diddling the country’, says HMRC’s Dave Hartnett, The Telegraph. Geez, who ever could have predicted that horrible austerity policies would cause people to create a black market economy so as to avoid costs they can’t afford imposed by a government they no longer trust?
2012 Aurora Borealis, Flickr. Quite beautiful, h/t Francois T.
New York Times Co. Faces Leadership Vacuum, Bloomberg. A better headline would have been New York Times in Very Serious Financial Trouble. It doesn’t look good for the gray lady, long-term.
JP Morgan Admits It Weighed Euro Exit, FT. Jamie Dimon says his bank remained invested in Europe partially for economic but mostly for “social reasons”. Um, ok Jamie. He also says the bank has just $15B of exposure to Europe. Hang on a second. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Ok, wait, um, one more second. HAHAHAHAHA. There. Done. HAHAHAHAHAHA. You get the point.
Care for Aging Inmates Puts Strain on Prisons, WSJ. The fastest growing segment of the prison population is 55 years and older.
Corruption Scandal Rocks Vatican, Whistle Blower Archbishop Vigano Was Transferred Against His Will, Huffington Post. This is just standard corruption in awarding contracts, not covering up for child rape.
It’s payback time as banks boost Dick Lugar rival, Politico. This is actually very interesting. A whole bunch of financial services lobbyists and groups – including the American Bankers Association and the Financial Services Roundtable – are launching a primary challenge in the Republican Party to a senior Republican Senator.
Rep. Brad Miller is Retiring, Being Encouraged to Run for Governor of North Carolina, Politico. This is sad, Miller is one of the best and smartest members of the Financial Services Committee, and he was basically forced out in a Democratic primary. He’s also a blogger. I doubt he runs for Governor, but he’ll definitely do something interesting going forward.
At Yale, the Collapse of a Rhodes Scholar Candidacy, New York Times. The whole “whoa is me for having to choose between the NFL and the Rhoades Scholarship” was the ultimate humblebrag.
Israel Senses Bluffing in Iran’s Threats of Retaliation, New York Times. Is this still going on? Get a room you two and just hump it out. Or start a new world war. Either way can you just shut up?
And your reward is a video of a Boxer puppy greeted by a herd of loving cows.