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Does He Pass the Test? by Paul Krugman

by Timothy F. Geithner Crown, 580 pp., $35.00 1.Midway through Timothy Geithner’s Stress Test, the former treasury secretary describes a late-2008 conversation with the then president-elect.…
PUBLISHED: July 10, 2014
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3564 words)

The Crisis of Big Science by Steven Weinberg

Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory/Photo Researchers Construction of an underground shaft for the Superconducting Super Collider in Texas. The SSC was supposed to be the largest particle…
PUBLISHED: May 10, 2012
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4268 words)

Looking for Ukraine by Tim Judah

Zacharie Scheurer/NurPhoto/Corbis An effigy of the Kiev authorities hanging above a barricade, Sloviansk, eastern Ukraine, May 11, 2014 Sloviansk—Every now and then I can hear distant…
PUBLISHED: June 19, 2014
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3781 words)

Rumsfeld's War and Its Consequences Now

The Unknown Known a film directed by Errol Morris Known and Unknown: A Memoir by Donald Rumsfeld Sentinel, 815 pp., $36.00 By His Own Rules: The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate Failures of Donald…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 19, 2013
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2875 words)

The Snowden Leaks and the Public

It is harder than you might think to destroy an Apple MacBook Pro according to British government standards. In a perfect world the officials who want to destroy such machines prefer them to be…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 21, 2013
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1935 words)

The Doctor Who Made a Revolution

Dr. Sara Josephine Baker of the New York City Health Department, circa 1912 The Lower East Side of New York was one of the most densely populated square miles on the face of the earth in the 1890s.…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 26, 2013
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3718 words)

The Two Faces of American Education

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch Knopf, 396 pp., $27.95              …
PUBLISHED: Oct. 10, 2013
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4440 words)

Egypt: The Misunderstood Agony

Laura El-Tantawy/VII Mentor Program Bodies inside the Iman mosque in the Nasr City district of Cairo, before police raided the mosque and took the bodies to the morgue, August 15, 2013 1. They came…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 26, 2013
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1822 words)

The American Jewish Cocoon

Moshe Milner/Israeli Government Press Office Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Steny Hoyer and other Democrats from the US House of Representatives, Jerusalem, August 6, 2013…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 26, 2013
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1874 words)