QuickLinks: Wednesday, Sept. 7.
"President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let's take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong." -James P. Hoffa, Teamsters president, in a Labor Day speech in Detroit, Sept. 5. Hoffa's SOB reference was to Tea Partiers in Congress.
Chretien predicts NDP-Liberal merger coming sooner than later. (Bill Curry, Globe and Mail)
Five women who could be next NDP leader. (Tim Harper, Toronto Star)
Olivia Chow on Jack's last days. (Linda Diebel, Toronto Star) (video)
Obama to propose $300-billion program in his speech on job creation tomorrow. (Major Garrett, Atlantic) Obama's last chance to pull the nation together?
Engraved on the FDR memorial in the Mall, from his sixth fireside chat, in 1934: "No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order."
First principles: Channeling FDR's moral case against unemployment. (Justin Wolfers, Freakonomics)
Conrad Black scorns Harper's prison-expansion policy. (Tondra MacCharles, Toronto Star)
Annals of commerce
Taxes, regulations are not killing small business, owners say. (Kevin G. Hall, McClatchey)
USPS, facing default, may have to shut down this winter without emergency bailout from Congress. (Steve Greenhouse, NYT) Drastic options include eliminating Saturday service, closing 3,700 post offices, and laying off 120,000 employees, or one-fifth of total workforce.
Banks accused of taking $6 billion in reinsurance kickbacks, investigators say. (Jeff Horwitz, American Banker)
Setbacks for women: Sally Krawcheck is out at Bank of America; Carol Bartz fired as CEO of Yahoo; Elizabeth Warren, passed over to run consumer-finance protection agency, unlikely to contest rookie U.S. Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts, given his 50%-plus approval rating.
Women should use their "erotic capital" in business world, says British sociology prof. (Francine Kopun, Toronto Star)
Actor-writer-director Sarah Polley, 32, excited about her new movie, Take This Waltz, premiering at TIFF this Saturday, and her first pregnancy, with new husband, David Sandomierski, a Ph.D. candidate in law.
Sarah Polley's latest production is a pregnancy. (Linda Barnard, Toronto Star)
The new assembly-line art. (Edward Tenner, Atlantic) The Impressionists did it. Contemporary artists also increasingly are turning to students to execute the works they conceive, leaving the craft of art to others.
Five reasons Eddie Murphy will make a great Oscars host. (Joshua Kurp, SplitSider)
In campaign against rampant Russian alcoholism, Dmitry Medvedev urges wine drinking in place vodka. (Andrew Osborn, Daily Telegraph)
How to get doctors to wash their hands. (Cord Jefferson, Good)
Taiwan considers tax breaks and cash for having babies. (Ralph Jennings, Christian Science Monitor)
Fantastic typing machines. (Elizabeth Weingarten, Slate) (photo gallery) The ancient brutes look like sewing machines, phonographs, even torture devices. Actually, the manual I learned on, in 1971, was a torture device - I still have the blisters. (Getty Images)
Chrissie Hynde is...60. (Alex Balk, Awl)