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Must Read Op-Eds for Monday, November 7, 2011

11/07/11 09:45AM

 THE INVENTION OF OUTRAGE  BY FRANK BRUNINEW YORK TIMESThis isn’t the media’s finest hour. The focus of late has been on charges of sexual harassment against when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s. If they prove indisputably true he’s a boor, a bully and maybe a bit of a predator: three more reasons he shouldn’t be president. But we didn’t need them. We had at least 999 already. That sometimes got lost in the discussion, as did the sad prevalence of men in high places seeking to take sexual advantage of subordinates, or at least behaving insensitively. read more

Awesome video: Kayakers record a murmuration

11/04/11 02:37PM

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.In case you haven't seen this yet, it's making the rounds on the 'ole Interwebz. A couple of folks were out for a kayak ride, and they, well, you know, had their cameras, and a huge constellation of starlings came along and did something awesome. Take a watch. By the way, a collection of starlings is called a 'murmuration.' I just learned that. read more

Scarborough: Herman Cain is Herman Cain's biggest problem

11/04/11 01:51PM

Joe Scarborough: “I think the fact that he doesn’t know China’s had nuclear weapons since 1964; I think the fact that he says his answer to the immigration problem is electrocuting illegal immigrants…I think the fact that he comes out with a different bit of evidence every day that he’s not only woefully ill-prepared to be POTUS but woefully ill-prepared to even run for POTUS…I think Herman Cain is Herman Cain’s biggest problem.”  read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Friday, November 4, 2011

11/04/11 09:38AM

OLIGARCHY, AMERICAN STYLE  BY PAUL KRUGMANNEW YORK TIMESBut why does this growing concentration of income and wealth in a few hands matter? Part of the answer is that rising inequality has meant a nation in which most families don’t share fully in economic growth. Another part of the answer is that once you realize just how much richer the rich have become, the argument that higher taxes on high incomes should be part of any long-run budget deal becomes a lot more compelling. read more