The human costs of the animal rights movement. (New Republic) In which, finally, PETA is called out.
The case against summer vacation. (Time) Cover story argues persuasively that U.S. kids spend too little time in school.
Stimulus surprise: Companies retrench when pork-barreling pols deliver. (Harvard Business Review)
Even Obama believed, beginning last fall, that he now "owns" the economy and can no longer blame Bush's legacy. But as the chart shows, the current, atrocious deficit is Bush's handiwork.
America's looming fiscal doom. (AndrewSullivan.com)
ProPublica's list of all U.S. financial-industry recipients of Uncle Sam rescue funds is a long read - there are 57 entries under "P" alone. A useful antidote to the Board of Trade and Tea Party hymns to the superiority of failsafe capitalism over hapless government.
The horrific costs of Mexico's drug wars. (New Republic)
Climate change will boost Mexican immigration to the U.S., study says (Christian Science Monitor)
On Woodrow Wilson, meddlesome do-gooder. (New Republic)
On Frank Luntz, odious GOP pollster. (New Republic) Move over, Rove.
Lesser-known French atrocities in colonial Africa. (New Republic)
Origins of the anti-Enlightenment tradition. (New Republic) Locate the wellspring for Rush and Beck in 18th century.
The curious, furious, transformation of D.C.'s memorials. (New Republic)
Detroit clings to civic pride in, of all things, hairdresser contests. (Time) These are the true salonistas. Where the attitude is so thick you can trim it short, back and sides.