Daily Archive: February 3, 2010


Homer “The Iliad” (1 of 2)

Western literature begins with The Iliad and, until recently, it was assumed that no educated person in the west could have skipped it. Set during a few days in the tenth year of the...


Paul Ryan Week Continues

Ross Douthat’s piece on Paul Ryan’s position within the Republican Party is almost as worthwhile as the Ezra Klein interview I linked earlier.  I know that we’re rapidly reaching overkill on Paul Ryan this...


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Matt Yglesias likens transparency in Congressional negotiations with transparency in family negotiations: Think about a family negotiation over whose house you spend the holidays at, or who goes to watch Billy’s soccer game on...


Klein vs. Ryan

This discussion/interview between Ezra Klein and Rep. Paul Ryan is the best thing I’ve seen in the health care debate in months.  Given Ryan’s position as a GOP point man on health care reform,...


Oscar Goodman for President

The ridiculous spat over Obama’s gambling remarks gives me an excuse to discuss Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, who is quite possibly the most entertaining civic official in America:


Spat of the Day

Obama: “When times are tough, you tighten your belts…You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.” Harry Reid: ” . . . the President needs to...