I just wanted to mention, if I may depart from politics for a moment, that yesterday was the best day of the year in music, with the release in North America of Steven Wilson's fourth solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase. Never heard of him? The founder of Porcupine Tree, one of the greatest bands ever? The leading light of "post-prog"? Alas. You're missing out. And so you should definitely check him out. Now… or at least when you're done checking out the following links…
Zandar Versus the Stupid: Yglesias goes full emoprog on the state of American democracy.
Alicublog: Bibi Netanyahu and the old-worn channel of politics.
The Brad Blog: The media are deliberately not connecting the climate change dots.
Seeing the Forest: High-speed rail is high-speed growth and lots of jobs.
Gin and Tacos: House Republicans are too conservative for House Republicans.
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