February 3rd, 2011


Health care, food prices, and the Middle East uprisings

* Eek. World food prices reach record high.
* The ten people most unsettled by the developments in Tunisia and Egypt. Also, how it is impacting our foreign policy. Bonus: the 'Al Jazeera revolution.
* Marc Lynch notes Obama's been handling Egypt pretty well, all thing tolled. He also discusses if the revolutions will spread even farther.
* "Why Obama is letting Republicans talk about the deficit: because he wants to talk about jobs."
* "An insider switches sides in the health care wars."
* The Republican budget plan is "a preposterous, dangerous fantasy."
* Life among the Israeli settlers.
* "This celestial bonanza represents more than a tripling of the number of known distant planets."
* A peek into the Disney cruises.



"Over the last several decades, both through good economic times and bad, the United States has transformed into the planet's undisputed worry champion. Around the turn of the millennium, anxiety flew past depression as the most prominent mental health issue in America, and it's never looked back: With more than 18 percent of adults suffering from an anxiety disorder in any given year, the United States is now the most anxious nation in the world."