November 26, 2012

Monday's Daily Brief: Republicans Back Away From Grover Norquist Pledge

Monday, November 26, 2012
John McCain Softens Opposition To Susan Rice Nomination
Syrian Rebels Capture Air Base Near Damascus
The Best Cyber Monday Tips For The Savvy Online Shopper
CEOs Who Collect Billions In Govt. Money Demand Cuts To Poor, Elderly
UN Climate Talks Open In Qatar
Russell Simmons: The Black Blog
Mr. President, I am deeply concerned about the future of urban America, specifically the plight of people of color. After listening to people's stories from across this country, this is what I have learned we need to do in order to re-build our families, our communities, our companies and our neighborhoods.
Marlo Thomas: Online Shopping Tips For Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Whether you want to shop online or actually hit the stores, here are the very best sites, services, and no-brainer tech tools to login, load-up, and start saving now.
Alan Grayson: My Thanksgiving: A Turkey Sandwich at Walmart
I did not spend Thanksgiving evening with my wife and my five children. I spent it, instead, handing out turkey sandwiches to workers in Walmart. And showing my support for one brave soul who walked off the job in protest against exploitation.
Jared Bernstein: Inequality and Budget Deficits: Why is Only the Latter an Emergency?
I just read two sweeping reports on the state of income inequality in the U.S. and other advanced economies. Perhaps it's because I've been so ensconced in fiscal cliff discussions, but I was struck by how much more alarmed policy makers are by the budget deficit than by the inequality situation. There are reasons for that tilt -- some good, some bad -- but based on magnitudes of the problem, it's far from clear that our current sole policy focus is warranted. Of course, many deficit scolds are motivated by anti-tax, anti-social insurance, and anti-government ideology, so they've got a vested interest in the status quo. But we're not going to make much progress if policy makers continue to obsess so exclusively on budget deficits instead of the income deficits experienced by the poor and middle class.
Steve Clemons: Mohammed Morsi: Abe Lincoln in Disguise? Or Another Mubarak?
Is Morsi the kind of leader who will aggrandize total power and then liberalize like a George Washington or Abraham Lincoln? Or is he more like a Lee Kuan Yew who can build a state and the facade of a democratic system while holding tightly to power for decades in all ways that matter?