November 29, 2011

Tuesday's Daily Brief

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Arianna Huffington: Mitt Romney's brazenly dishonest ad is far from the garden-variety truth stretching we're used to in political campaigns. It is so breathtakingly cynical it should cause us to question whether a candidate that would put it forth is fit for any public office -- let alone the presidency. Along with being deceitful, the ad is also a challenge to the media. It's like when a toddler looks right at you and slowly and deliberately spills a glass of milk. The child wants to see the reaction. It's a test of boundaries. If there's no reaction, then the message is that it's okay. That Mitt Romney hasn't been forced to apologize for this ad, that he hasn't been forced to fire the team responsible for it, isn't just a failure of Romney's -- it's a failure of our media culture.
Facebook Said To Ready Biggest Announcement Ever
Students Storm British Embassy In Tehran
American Airlines Files For Bankruptcy
Cain Accuser Speaks Out
Democrats Propose Tax Cut For Middle Class, New Tax For Millionaires
Lorelei Kelly: Dumb by Design: Gingrich's Lobotomy of Congress and Today's Dysfunction
In January, 1995, Newt Gingrich pushed through a bill that wiped out the shared system of expert knowledge and analysis inside Congress. The bill made Congress dumb -- on purpose. And now, today, we're feeling the effects more than ever.
Robert Reich: Restore the Basic Bargain
Corporate profits are up right now largely because pay is down and companies aren't hiring. This is a losing game even for corporations over the long term. Without enough American consumers, their profitable days are numbered.
Cheryl Forberg, RD: How to Get Back On Track After an Indulgent Long Weekend
Overdo the holiday? Don't wait until January 1 to get back on track -- climb back on the wagon today! It's so easy to let one holiday derail you with a huge meal, a long weekend and not enough exercise.
David Wild: "Blame It On Cain": A Playlist for Herman and Ginger
I do not know if Herman Cain ever cheated with Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White. But this much I do know: the worse the personal behavior, the better the song.
David Borgenicht: 7 Life Lessons You Can Learn From 'Star Trek'
I would say there are seven life lessons I learned from "Star Trek" that I take with me to this day. These are lessons I hope to pass along to my own children someday--but for now, I will share them with the interweb.