A bulldog puppy in Danvers, MA. From United Press International
King of Kings: The Last Days of Muammar Qaddafi (Jon Lee Anderson) from the New Yorker
"When is the right time to leave? Nicolae Ceausescu didn’t realize he was hated until, one night in 1989, a crowd of his citizens suddenly began jeering him; four days later, he and his wife faced a firing squad. Qaddafi, likewise, waited until it was too late, continuing to posture and give orotund speeches long after his people had rejected him. ... For Qaddafi, the end came in stages..."
Clinton Credited with Key Role in Success of NATO Airstrikes, Libyan Rebels from the Washington Post
"...the rift was quickly patched, thanks to a frenzied but largely unseen lobbying effort that kept the coalition from unraveling in its opening hours. “That,” the diplomat said, “was Hillary.”"
Islamist Victory in Tunisia a Win for Democracy (Noah Feldman) from the Bloomberg News Service
"...the deeper explanation has to do with the difference between a popular uprising and a democratic election. Revolutions are made by disaffected elites. Elections -- at least in countries where people care enough to vote -- express the preferences of a much broader public."
The New U.S. Neighborhood Defined by Diversity as All-white Enclaves Vanish (Carol Morello and Dan Keating) from the Washington Post
"McGovern Drive looked like the sanitized slice of suburbia presented on television in 1965, the year Wayne and Virginia Cole moved into a tidy brick ranch home just outside the Beltway in Montgomery County. The Coles, and everyone else who lived in the neighborhood back then, were white. Today their Silver Spring community of Hillandale is home to people of every race and ethnicity — the epitome of what one sociologist calls “global neighborhoods” that are upending long-standing patterns of residential segregation."
Indirectly, this is another nail in the coffin for the current version of the GOP.
Obama Takes Risky Stance Against the Rich (Richard McGregor) from the Financial Times [of the UK]
"With the US economy suffering through its deepest slump since the Great Depression, the Obama administration has designed a political strategy to match, with echoes of the campaign rhetoric deployed by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s."
FINALLY! I hope he really brings it -- because it amounts to simply being where most Americans really are when it comes to the economy.
Tax The Poor: Forget Occupy Wall Street, Conservatives Have A Different Idea (Michael McAuliff) from the Huffington Post
"The nation's ongoing economic downturn has sparked an odd response from a growing number of conservative and Republican leaders: a desire to blame the unfortunate and a demand for the poor to pay more."
Occupy Veterans Movement Growing Across U.S. from ABC News
"Since Occupy Wall Street protests have broken out in cities across the U.S. and abroad, support has come from what might seem like an unlikely corner: war veterans."
Report: NYPD Steers Drunks to Occupy Wall Street from Salon
"Those found drinking in city parks are told by officers to "take it to Zuccotti," the Daily News reports."
It seems we were just looking at this yesterday. Local authorities looking to discredit the Occupy Wall Street protests. Well, here's some evidence that we didn't have on Sunday.
And then you have this story:
NYPD Mum on Cops Allegedly Hurt in OWS (Justin Elliott) from Salon
"A police union official claims over 20 officers have been injured in the protests -- but he won't give details."
Paul Ryan’s Frown Should Make Democrats Smile (E.J. Dionne) from the Washington Post
"We may be reaching an inflection point, the moment when the terms of the political argument change decisively. Three indicators: an important speech last week by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the increasingly sharp tone of President Obama’s rhetoric and the success of Occupy Wall Street in resisting attempts to marginalize the movement."
How Tea Party Could Drive GOP to Disaster (David Frum) from CNN
"...sooner or later, the tea party Republicans must converge on a single choice. When they do, they will present the non-tea party Republicans with a troubling menu of possibilities."
Cain’s Campaign Made a Bad Situation Worse (Ruth Marcus) from the Washington Post
"In criminal law, the coverup is always worse than the crime. In politics, the response to the crisis can be worse than the crisis itself. Case in point? The astonishingly bungled response by Herman Cain’s campaign to a report that the National Restaurant Association paid two female employees to settle sexual harassment allegations against Cain, then the group’s president."
Waterlogged Thailand Turns to U.S. Military for Help as Fresh Crisis Threatens After Worst Flooding in Decades (PHOTOS) from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
The photographs here are quite amazing.
"Fear gripped Bangkok early today as tides along the Gulf of Thailand crested at about 9am and pushed the city's main waterway, the Chao Phraya river, to its brink."
The Tea Party Pork Binge (Daniel Stone) from the Daily Beast
They brought the nation to the brink of default over spending, but a Newsweek investigation shows Tea Party lawmakers grabbing billions from the government trough. Plus, view the letters submitted by the 'Dirty Dozen.'"