Dissent Grows Among the Voters of Europe from the Editorial Board of the Daily Telegraph [of the UK]
"The eurozone’s political leaders are grappling with this crisis without any democratic mandate to shore them up."
Bo Xilai: Power, Death and Politics (Jamil Anderlini) from Financial Times Magazine
"The alleged murder of Neil Heywood has brought down one of China’s most powerful politicians – and exposed a power struggle that has rocked the Communist party"
A very good longform profile and exploration of this still-developing scandal.
States of Confusion: John Roberts, Unwitting Health Care Visionary (Timothy Noah) from the New Republic
"Out of this jumble of warring impulses, Roberts crafted a ruling that inadvertently strengthens the liberal case for further consolidating health care policy at the national level. The Court is practically begging Washington to take over the state-federal Medicaid program."
GOP Leaders’ Dilemma: Rebuff Conservatives Or Risk A Government Shutdown from Talking Points Memo
"... less 100 days away from the election, he is trying to bury a spending bill that rank and file members want to use as a vehicle to gut ‘Obamacare’, end family planning funds, and slash spending on longstanding programs. The conundrum illustrates GOP leaders’ wariness of reigniting volatile political battles and potentially alienating voters ahead of the November election."
The Conservative Case For Obama - Again (Andrew Sullivan) from the Daily Beast
"I'd be dissembling if I did not argue that on a whole array of issues, Obama is simply and unequivocally the more conservative candidate."
Real Obama vs. Fantasy Obama (Kevin Drum) from Mother Jones Magazine
"The fact is that modern presidents simply don't have the party leverage that some past presidents have had, and Obama in particular simply didn't have a big enough majority to get his way."
Obama Confident He'd Win if Election were Today (Jennifer Epstein) from Politico
For what it's worth...
"With 99 days until Election Day, President Obama is confident he's in a winning position."
The World as Seen by Republicans, in a Land of Myth and Amnesia (Gary Younge) from the Guardian [of the UK]
"US conservatives are increasingly keen to interpret their country's woes primarily in terms of threats from abroad."
Conservatives Turn Against GOP Moderates In Effort To Achieve Policy Goals from the Huffington Post
"Frustrated by their inability to achieve some policy goals, conservatives in Republican states are turning against moderate members of their own party, trying to drive them out of state legislatures to clear the way for reshaping government across a wide swath of mid-America controlled by the GOP."
Why Sarah Palin’s Reputation Has Plummeted as Bill Clinton’s Has Grown (John Avlon) from the Daily Beast
"Once the darling of conservatives, the former vice-presidential candidate is now seen as something of an embarrassment—even as the previously vilified 42nd president has grown in stature. The reassessments show the perils of hyper-partisanship, says John Avlon."
First Thoughts: Judging Romney's Overseas Trip (Chuck Todd et al.,) from MSNBC
"Judging Romney’s overseas performance… If you compare it to a floor exercise in gymnastics, then you’d have to say it was marred by two big unforced errors…"
The entire analysis plus other items in the column are worth checking out!
Mitt Romney Should Have Stayed Home (Roger Simon) from Politico
"Romney’s trip abroad in the waning months of this presidential campaign had three goals: establish his credibility on foreign policy while in England, woo the Jewish vote while in Israel and entice Catholic voters while in Poland. In retrospect, he should have spent the time in Ohio, Virginia and Florida ..."
Romney’s Foreign Policy May Haunt the US Later (Gideon Rachman) from the Business Day [of South Africa]
"US President Barack Obama’s emphasis on diplomacy, even if it is
difficult, is preferable to Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s foreign policy based on biffing ‘bad guys’"
Mitt Romney’s Foreign Trip Didn’t Go Well. Does it Matter? (Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake) from the Washington Post
"“I find this entire trip borderline lunacy,” said one senior Republican strategist granted anonymity to speak candidly. “Why on earth is he seeking to improve his foreign policy cred when there will not be a single vote cast on that subject?”"
Desperately Seeking Mitt (Wells Tower) from GQ Magazine
"What is Mitt Romney's true personality? And can joining the press on his campaign bus for five months shed any light on it?"
Republican Moderates Tire of Leaders' Tea Party Tilt (John Stanton) from BuzzFeed
"Speaker John Boehner has been trying to keep the right happy. Now he's facing restive moderates, House Republicans say."
Hitchcock’s Girl (Rosie Millard) from the Financial Times Magazine
"Alfred Hitchcock sabotaged Tippi Hedren’s movie career after she rejected his advances. But the heroine of ‘The Birds’ and ‘Marnie’ says she has no regrets."
I have long wondered what happened to the career of this very good actress.