Quick Linx. Friday, Sept. 17.
Reformer Elizabeth Warren to be named WH advisor on consumer financial protection. (Boston Globe) Move sidesteps near-impossible task of securing filibuster-proof nomination of Warren to head new consumer financial protection agency. "The White House has found a way to put her there, and this is the best news American consumers have gotten in the financial area ever," says Rep. Barney Frank (D.-Mass.), chair of the House financial services committee and one of Warren's many champions, to be found exclusively among progressives. As Frank conceded, some conservative Dems would likely have joined in blocking Warren's nomination.
SAME OLD, SAME OLD
Obama the arms dealer: Prez to authorize record $60-billion sale of jet fighters to Saudi Arabia, which holds America to oil ransom and gave us most of the 9/11 hijackers. (Guardian)
A GOP takeover of Congress would be murder on the EPA. (New Republic) Which was created by...Richard Nixon. Go on, look it up.
Whaddya know: Discount airlines boast the highest quality ratings. (27/7 Wall St.)
Toronto and Montreal now among world's most expensive cities. (Toronto Star)
CEO of Crappy Tire acknowledges obvious, that Canadian Tire employees are world-class in customer-unfriendiness and need to shape up. (Toronto Star). Good luck with that. We've been hearing these avowals to improve since...when was the company founded, 1919?
CDC says about one-third of teens aren't learning about contraception in sex-ed. (AOL News) They are learning to say no to under-age sex, however, which is encouraging.
Profile of Jon Stewart and the times that made him. (New York) Stewart: " This is not a fragile country. I’m not suggesting we couldn’t find ourselves in deep conflict. But we had slaves, and we fought a civil war; now we’re down to Glenn Beck being hyperbolic with his audience about nostalgia. This too shall pass.”
Disgraced former president Bill Clinton presents the Liberty Medal to disgraced former British PM Tony Blair. -Getty Images