Ten Second News (Beta)

Quote of the Day

Dave Schuler, who’s been on the Wyden-Bennett train for a long while: There is an impasse in healthcare reform today caused by the immovable object of Republicans who won’t stand for anything but propping up the current defective system and the irresistible force of Democrats who are determined to increase total demand in a system…

For Buster Bluth fans.

Remember that superpowers thread last week? Commenter Kyle thought “CTRL-Z for life would be kind of amazing.” Well, so did Tony Hale, better known as Buster from Arrested Development. He’s got a web series up on Hulu called CTRL, with pretty much that premise. (Hat tip to my friends at Mockingbird NYC.)

A Realistic Health Care Alternative Going Nowhere

[N/B: See below for a significant update/clarification] One of the criticisms levied at the alternative health care proposals discussed by E.D. and I over the last few weeks has been that these proposals, which rely heavily on vouchers and/or subsidies, are irrelevant to the debate that is actually taking place.  Yet this is not really…

Wired

David Simon implores the New York Times and Washington Post to work together to save traditional journalism: On a specific date in the near future—let’s say September 1 for the sheer immediacy of it—both news organizations must inform readers that their Web sites will be free to subscribers only, and that while subscription fees can…

Sunday, 3PM

At approximately the same time as Stewart Cink was beginning the celebration of the collapse of old age at the terrifying feet of early middle age, Stacy McCain received the 2,000,000th visitor in his blog’s 16-month history (has The Other McCain really only been around for 16 months?), and this site received its 200,000th visitor…

rethinking a strong national defense

Mark Levin’s response to The Weekly Standard’s Peter Berkowitz is surprisingly good.  I find myself truly befuddled by the apparent twin-personalities of the man who is Mark Levin – the thoughtful, reasonable essayist vs. the talk-radio bloviator.  Perhaps each medium requires its own panache.  Maybe I just don’t get talk-radio.  In any case, I found…

This is your justification?

National Review‘s best argument for “enhanced interrogation” now hinges on the threat posed by . . . Jose Padilla? So we’ve gone from defending torture on the grounds of a ticking time bomb scenario to defending torture on the grounds that a mentally incapacitated prisoner whose ties to Al Qaeda were systematically exaggerated poses a…

Climatize This

From NyTimes: India served notice on Sunday that it remains opposed to legally binding targets to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, digging in its heels against the United States as the Obama administration begins marshaling support for a new global agreement on climate change… India’s refusal to accept mandatory cuts in emissions is neither new…

Where Idealism Goes To Die

This is a few weeks old, but this discussion between Michael Totten and Jeffrey Goldberg is of the eye-opening variety.  And I think that’s true whether or not you agree with either participant’s perspective.  It’s long, but Totten does a wonderful job eliciting facts, anecdotes, and thoughts out of Goldberg that Goldberg’s standard medium of…

Top 25 Econoblogs

The Wall Street Journal lists them so you don’t have to (with oddly tiny pictures and even more oddly cramped descriptions.  It’s almost as though whoever designed the slideshow was working on a very small screen, or actually loathes economics blogs and is doing their damndest to make it hard for us to get through…

charts can be deceiving

I’m not a huge fan of charts because I think they’re usually just used to create illusions and sales pitches.  James Joyner points to this chart from Conor Clarke, illustrating the drop in effective income tax rates for the top 1% of Americans from the Clinton to the Bush years.  He writes: I’d note that…

GOP 2012 Race

Poll out today on the GOP race. Romney, who was a front-runner for the 2008 nomination, came out on top with 26 percent of respondents. That gives the former Massachusetts Governor a slight advantage over Sarah Palin, who was chosen by 21 percent of the survey voters.  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Minority…

Paul Erhlich’s Greatest Hits

Inspired by David Harsanyi’s excellent take-down of Dr. John Holdren, newly-installed director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, I decided to to revisit the predictive track-record of Holdren’s erstwhile co-author, Paul Erhlich. Marvel at his powers of divination and then ask yourself why someone who evidently bought into this claptrap is…

comedy and tragedy

Enlarging government is like doing drama.  Limiting government is like doing comedy. Let me explain. At the Oscars, the Best Picture nominees are almost always dramas.  Usually they are tragic and romantic and perhaps even epic.  The Best Actress segment is typically a handful of tearful, sobbing vignettes plucked from whatever dramatic, tragic, epic-romances are…

No Country for Conservative Health Care Policy

~by Dan Miller There’s something a bit frustrating about the health care debate that’s been going on here at the League.  Health care has been THE liberal project for literally decades; entire careers (not to mention presidencies) have been built around it.  There’s a vast policy apparatus on the progressive side of the aisle built…