August 6th, 2011


Balanced budget amendments, the war on leaks, and a divided Obama

* Jonathan Bernstein explains why a balanced budget amendment would be a bad idea.
* 'Obama's (counterproductive) war on leaks.'
* Follow-up: five cops convicted in post-Katrina shootings.
* Follow-up: no, American torture did not lead to us finding bin Laden.
* Kevin Drum notes Obama is both a liberal and a conservative.
* An author on writing about crime in a racially-divided city like DC.
* NASA conducting a big new study on air pollution.
* Three facts about biofuels.
* NBC is still looking to turn things around.


More Kevin Drum

Reprinted without permission:

"Just to make sure that everyone is still clear about this, here's the current trajectory of politics and the American economy stripped down to its bare essentials:

"2001-2008: Republicans run economy into ditch.
2008: Obama elected.
2009-2011: Republicans respond by doing everything possible to prevent him from fixing things.
2012: Republicans use lousy economy as campaign cudgel against Obama.
2012: Republican candidate wins presidency (maybe).

"Sure, sure, Obama deserves some blame for not being aggressive enough etc. etc. I get it. But that's a nit within the big picture. The basic story is the one above. It's still kind of hard to believe."