Assorted Links (2/1/2010)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading today (organized by topic):

The Economy

“It’s the normal V-shaped bounce after a deep recession.”

Economics and Public Policy

“The administration might be settling for superficial progress on financial reform to avoid being on the wrong side of public anger; a better approach would channel the anger into making meaningful reform.

“In some corridors, ‘high-speed’ rail won’t be much faster than trains in the 1930s.”

Politics

“Washington is sick and broken—and it can solve all our problems.”

“Unlike this president, John Kennedy was an ironist who never fell for his own mystique.”

Terrorism

“The real scandal surrounding the failed Christmas Day airline bombing was not the fact that a terrorist got on a plane — that can happen to any administration, as it surely did to the Bush administration — but what happened afterward when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was captured and came under the full control of the U.S. government.”

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