Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday's Daily Brief: Commerce Sec. Hit-and-Run, Robin Roberts Bone Marrow Disease, Rafael Nadal Wins, Plus James Franco, Dylan Ratigan

Monday, June 11, 2012
Robin Roberts Announces She's Suffering From Bone Marrow Disease
Nobel Prize-Winning Economist: Spain Bailout 'Not Going To Work'
Seventh Heaven: Rafael Nadal Wins 7th French Open
Scott Walker Splits With Romney On Key Issue
Tony's Biggest Winners
Dylan Ratigan: Beyond Talk
While it may seem unconventional to leave a rapidly growing political cable show on the eve of a presidential election, to me, the timing couldn't be better.
James Franco: Summer Reading, Part 3: Remembering the Lovely Details of The Virgin Suicides
The extensive detailing that gives the novel its raison d'être makes me think of Vladimir Nabokov --- especially since Nabokov, in Lolita, was as eager as Eugenides is here to mix pop-culture references and incredibly apt metaphors.
Leo W. Gerard: China Exports Trouble to U.S.
For years, China deliberately diminished the value its currency. This artificially reduces the price of Chinese exports. Simultaneously, it artificially raises the price of U.S. exports to China. Dithering by the U.S. House of Representatives on this issue has reduced America to victim status.
Bianca Bosker: The Rise Of The 'Less Is More' Selective Social Network
Just like grumpy editors wielding red pens, a burgeoning category of sites and apps are battling the share-everything trend with offerings that actually limit what we can say about ourselves.
Thomas de Zengotita: After Wisconsin: Race, the 2012 Race, and Beyond
A lot of blue state liberals may not have noticed, or just shrugged off, the news that white births made up less than half of U.S. births as of July 2011. But you can be sure that news will not go unremarked among those determined to replace "welfare queen" with "public sector queen" in the national pantheon of invidious stereotypes. The "take back our country" theme is just getting under way in American politics. That's why voter registration vs. voter suppression is the most important practical political issue on the table -- in 2012, and beyond.

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