Bank Leverage Is the Defining Debate of Our Time Simon Johnson, Bloomberg
S&P Accuses U.S. of Suing to Avenge Ratings Drop WSJ. This is absurd. The US is getting “revenge” on S&P for a credit downgrade that had absolutely no effect on borrowing prices?
Public Opinion Runs Against Syrian Airstrikes Pew Research Center
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Syria Resolution for Markup Scribd. Some of this makes no sense. “The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces… as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in a limited and tailored manner”??? That’s a non sequitur, as Marcy points out.
On Syria: The U.S. Is No Lone Ranger and Should Put That Six Shooter Away Juan Cole, Truthdig
The World’s Most Pernicious Analogy Strikes Again Lawyers, Guns & Money
Rep. Grayson: Syria intervention ‘not our responsibility’ MSNBC. Disgusting display from the “liberal” network.
Obama’s Terrible National-Security Argument NY Mag. When Jon Chait questions the premise for war, you really must have screwed up.
Kerry, Hagel lay out military objectives during Senate hearing on Syria strike Washington Post. Kerry was particularly embarrassing today. I half-expected John Kerry from 1971 to walk into the hearing room and throw his medals at him.
U.S. Backed Syrian Opposition YEARS BEFORE Uprising Started The Big Picture
Boehner backs Obama on Syria military strike The Hill. Cantor too. The leadership of both parties has fallen in line. Among the rank and file, however…
Decision on Syria presents glimpse of democracy in action Al Jazeera America
AIPAC calls for Congress to authorize Syria action Politico. As if I wouldn’t have known this if the New York Times succeeded in hiding their initial remarks. Who’d have thought Israel would support a war in the Middle East?
McCain Playing Poker on His iPhone WaPo. Not as bad as the 300,000 porn queries from the British Parliament last year, but you’d think the country’s leading warmonger would pay a little attention during the hearing. Never mind, though, Andrea Mitchell informed me that the hearing lasted three whole hours, so “can you blame him?” I assume Mr. Greenspan doesn’t focus his attention for that length of time, either.
Ariel Castro: Convicted Cleveland kidnapper/rapist hangs himself 19 Action News, Cleveland
Car Bombings in Baghdad Follow a Familiar Pattern NYTimes. “In August, the United Nations said Sunday, 804 people were killed in terrorist attacks, bringing the total number of civilians killed this year to almost 5,000.”
The Case of the (Still) Missing Jobs Pacific Standard
For workers and the economy, autumn could be scary Washington Post
U.S. Refiners Don’t Care About Keystone WSJ. Feels like this is what stakeholders say when something isn’t going to happen, to cushion the blow.
The Real Reason Kansas Is Running Out of Water Mother Jones
The Real Population Problem Do the Math
“A very measured, nuanced approach” Hullabaloo. An Errol Morris film about Don Rumsfeld!
What’s Killing Poor White Women? The American Prospect. Today’s must-read.
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