The Guardian condenses the more than 90,000 intelligence documents leaked out of the Pentagon concerning the war in Afghanistan; Wikileaks published the documents online.
Nobel Laureate Gary Becker and Judge Richard Posner oppose the extension of unemployment benefits. Six months compensation is not enough, says Becker, but two years is too long.
"Let’s not have a conversation about race." Tina Brown at The Daily Beast says that Shirley Sherrod’s firing isn't a teachable moment, but rather a "dangerous distraction."
The Washington Post's report on the bloated and secretive American intelligence community is more a story of today's information overload than villains with cloaks and daggers.
The U.S. needs "a long-term plan that recognizes the interrelated nature of obesity and global food sourcing." The Atlantic says our culture of cheap is forcing us to eat unhealthy diets.
Ross Douthat at The Times admits that the GOP is responsible for cap-and-trade's failure in the Senate, but he thinks his party is demonstrating "the wisdom of inaction" vis-a-vis climate change.
Those who oppose allowing a mosque to be built near the World Trade Centers have lost sight of America's tradition of religious tolerance and the simple facts of the mosque's construction.
Paul, the World-Cup-predicting octopus, has brought attention to recent research suggesting the octopus is a relatively intelligent animal despite its exclusion from the mammal club.
"Google is not making us stupid, PowerPoint is not destroying literature, and the Internet is not really changing our brains." The L.A. Times tells its readers not to sweat new technologies.
The recent assessment of European banks' stability was a public relations exercise, says Al Jazeera. Banks look unprepared for the long term, but few are being moved to act.
"Today's technology may be determining not just how we spend our time: It actually may be 'rewiring' the way we think, how we experience the world around us."
Should the governments take action to reduce national debt or spend money to create jobs? Mark Weisbrot says the U.S. should fund the stimulus until unemployment is lower.
"It's time to put beautifully-written nonfiction books into our English classrooms." Ta-Nehisi Coates says reading well-written factual accounts adds nuance to an education.
"No other rich country is nearly as punitive as the Land of the Free. The rate of incarceration is a fifth of America’s level in Britain, a ninth in Germany and a twelfth in Japan."
"The upper-crust of extremely wealthy families are hell-bent on destroying the democratic vision of a strong middle-class which has made the United States the envy of the world."