Interesting Takes From Home And Abroad:
Why We Need a Second Stimulus By John B. Judis, The New Republic
Our country’s unemployment rate, which has risen every month this year, now stands well above the worst case scenario of the Treasury Department’s stress tests. Yet we are inundated each month with reports that, in spite of a rising rate of unemployment, the slump has “bottomed out” or is even over.
Losing His Mojo? By Rich Lowry, The New York Post
Starting with his win in the Iowa caucuses in January 2008, he has been, if not the one we’ve been waiting for, the one best suited to tap the wellsprings of public sentiment and capitalize on political circumstances for his own and his party’s benefit.
The Power of Iran’s Iron Fist By Dieter Bednarz, Der Spiegel
Tehran is in a state of emergency as the government continues its increasingly brutal crackdown against protesters. Hardliners and opposition politicians are searching for a compromise behind the scenes, but Iran’s supreme leader is refusing to make any concessions.
New Rift Opens Over Rights of Detainees By Jess Bravin, The Wall Street Journal
The Justice Department has determined that detainees tried by military commissions in the U.S. can claim at least some constitutional rights, particularly protection against the use of statements taken through coercive interrogations, officials said.
Stonewall Plus Forty By Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker
The most improbable of America’s mass movements for civil rights—improbable at the time, inevitable in retrospect—got its start at a most improbable hour in a most improbable place.