April 13th, 2011

News

Public diplomacy and the Yellowstone supervolcano

SOME NEWS:
* NATO still undecided on Libya.
* Good read: Marc Lynch on our public diplomacy and the Arab uprisings.
* Kevin Drum on taking the deficit seriously.
* Andrew Sullivan on why the healthcare question is so problematic.
* On Obama the moderate.
* Texas fights to keep its unconstitutional anti-gay statute.
* New clues about the Yellowstone supervolcano.
* Personally, I can't wait for the Atlas Shrugged movie.
* Catching up with former Top Chef contestants.

Politics

good reading

"Of course, there will be those who disagree with my approach. Some will argue we shouldn't even consider raising taxes, even if only on the wealthiest Americans. It's just an article of faith for them. I say that at a time when the tax burden on the wealthy is at its lowest level in half a century, the most fortunate among us can afford to pay a little more. I don't need another tax cut. Warren Buffett doesn't need another tax cut. Not if we have to pay for it by making seniors pay more for Medicare. Or by cutting kids from Head Start. Or by taking away college scholarships that I wouldn't be here without. That some of you wouldn't be here without. And I believe that most wealthy Americans would agree with me. They want to give back to the country that's done so much for them. Washington just hasn't asked them to."
-President Obama, 4/13/2011