Here and Now. Tues., Mar. 8.
"See because our president is so inexperienced in the private sector and in government and in actually running anything and making any kind of budget that inexperience has really made manifest in some of the statements he makes." -The Thrilla from Wasilla, articulate Fox commentator.
Guardian's Top 100 women worldwide, in activism, business, art, law, politics, science, sport, TV, writing and academia. Canadians on the list: Novelist Margaret Atwood and human-rights lawyer Louise Arbour.
Gender equality still more dream than reality. (editorial, Melbourne Age)
Women's representation in world parliaments remains low. (Lisa Schlein, Voice of America)
"We are not rebranding Canada as 'the Harper Government'. It just looks that way to you media conspiracy theorists. (Bruce Cheadle, CP)
Why we exaggerate the joys of parenthood. (John Cloud, TIme)
Don't believe media blather on public scorn for unions. (Joe Conason, TruthDig)
America ranks 23rd in teacher pay, and alone is content with recruiting new teachers from the middle and bottom of the pack among college graduates. Yes, that does have something to do with its abysmal world ranking in literacy, numeracy and science scores. (Jonathan Cohn, New Republic)
At annual National People's Congress, Premier Wen (left) vows to close widening gap between rich and poor. (Bloomberg) Sets goal to eradicate child poverty. (Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes)
Don't kid yourself: Beijing is very worried the regime-change contagion might spread. Hence the current clampdown on dissidents and sudden "re-education" campaigns. (Howard W. French, Atlantic)
Gov. Scott Walker has lost the war. (Rick Ungar, Forbes) "Should Gov. Walker accomplish his goal, he will have stoked a level of union anger that I very much suspect will become a key driver in an Obama victory in 2012. He will also have prompted the nation’s unions to work together for a common objective– a feat that would have seemed impossible just one month ago."
Disgraced Senator John Ensign's decision to retire gives GOP hope of holding Nevada seat next year. (David Catanese and Molly Ball, Politico)
If America could make itself settle for partial victories, it might be a more successful military power. (Dominic Tierney, Atlantic)
Annals of commerce
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, rumored for an April release, is underwhelming. (Dean Takahasi, MobileBeat)
Wal-Mart stumbles by slashing selection in cost-cutting strategy to boost profits. Has opened the door wider for rivals Target and Costco. (Anne D'Innocenzio and Rachel Beck, AP)
Starbucks celebrates 40th anniversary by having survived Great Recession and its own missteps. (Bruce Horovitz, USA Today)
Fox poised to replace fading Glenn Beck with Lou Dobbs. (Richard Adams, Guardian)
NPR pleads with Congress not to slash its budget. (Sam Stein, HuffPost)
Tina Brown's redesigned Newsweek is pretty dreadful. (Jack Shafer, Slate)
An FT in decline is a bad omen for NYT's upcoming second paywall attempt. (Felix Salmon, Reuters) "Cashflow and low volatility are nice things to have, but massive growth is nicer. And for a news organization which aspires to grow from its UK base to become a genuinely global brand, it’s crucial. The FT’s paywall is structured very aggressively — you have to register after reading just one article per month, and then unless you subscribe you’re cut off after 10 articles per month. That’s good at maximizing short-term cashflow, but it clearly hurts growth: the FT doesn’t release numbers for unique visitors, but both Quantcast and Compete show FT uniques falling significantly over the past year, and actually being overtaken by Business Insider. What I said back in 2007 was that the FT was removing itself from the conversation; that’s exactly what seems to have happened."