I've been making progress through my Instapaper queue but have been bad about blogging them. Here's a bunch of articles I found interesting to load up your Instapaper queues. If you want to follow me on Instapaper, my profile is, HowardLikedThis.
Politics and Economics
- Paul Krugman, In Defense of Obama. "The Nobel Prize-winning economist, once one of the president’s most notable critics, on why Obama is a historic success."
- Does He Pass the Test? by Paul Krugman. Krugman reviews Tim Geithner's book, Stress Test.
- Putting Ukraine in Its Place - The Atlantic. "From the current debates you’d never know what matters more: Russia’s land grab, Iran’s nuclear program, or China’s territorial claims. How America stopped thinking strategically."
- How LBJ Saved the Civil Rights Act - The Atlantic. "Fifty years later, new accounts of its fraught passage reveal the era's real hero—and it isn’t the Supreme Court."
- Why Did Maine's Governor Conspire With 'Sovereign Citizen' Extremists?. This was just a strange strange story. It's "an excerpt from Chapter 1 of As Maine Went: Governor Paul LePage and the Tea Party Takeover of Maine, by Mike Tipping."
- Wired's long article: Edward Snowden: The Untold Story
- Scott Walker's Toxic Racial Politics from The New Republic.
- Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party. "Here’s what my teachers’ should have told me: “Reconstruction was the second phase of the Civil War. It lasted until 1877, when the Confederates won.” I think that would have gotten my attention." A fascinating article.
- Where the Tea Party Rules. "Lima, Ohio, has been struggling for decades – and the GOP’s radical policies are making it even worse."
- The Explosive, Inside Story of How John Kerry Built an Israel-Palestine Peace Plan—and Watched It Crumble from The New Republic
- A Former AP Correspondent Explains How and Why His Colleagues Get Israel So Wrong from Tablet Magazine.
- Vox goes Inside San Francisco's housing crisis
- The Disruption Machine - The New Yorker. Jill Lepore has some issues with Clayton Christensen's theories.
- Inside the Military's Secretive Smartphone Program by Gizmodo.
- Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet by Alexis C. Madrigal in The Atlantic.
- Who Really Found the Higgs Boson describes the working and management process at the LHC.
- How Andreessen Horowitz Is Disrupting Silicon Valley
- Before the Startup, an essay by Paul Graham. "Here I'm going to give you the first part of it—the things to remember if you want to prepare yourself to start a startup."
- Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity from the MIT Technology Review.
- Where the Card Sharks Feed by David Samuels in The Atlantic. "In 2011, the justice department targeted online-poker operators for violating the unlawful internet gambling enforcement act. Since then, many guileless amateurs, known to poker pros as “fish,” have been moving back to casinos."
- For Former Military Lawyer Colby Vokey, the Defense Never Rests. Vokey is an inspiring person, and the subject of my all-time favorite comment thread on this blog.
- Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes from The Washington Post
- The Secret Rules of Adjective Order. "A long fascinating article—or is it a fascinating long article?"
- This Alabama Judge Has Figured Out How to Dismantle Roe v. Wade Nina Martin writes in ProPublica about Tom Parker. His approach in trying to ban abortions struck me as similar to Ginsberg's work on equal rights.
- Scalia wrote a book so there were some reviews:
- Scalia v. Scalia. Dahlia Lithwick in The Atlantic wonders: "Does his faith influence his judicial decision making?"
- How Scalia's Beliefs Completely Changed the Supreme Court Scalia: A Court of One reviewed by Justin Driver in New Republic.
- I killed At The Movies. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky tells "The inside story of the dueling critics’ last hurrah".
- My ‘SNL’: Testimonials From Cast Members Who Lived It from Grantland
- The Cost of Survival The New Yorker reviews The Last of the Unjust and makes me want to see it.