The fact that Barack Obama entered office just as the economy was bottoming out has caused a lot of ideas about macroeconomic stabilization policy to become highly correlated with ideas about generous welfare states versus low taxes. The fact that the new Spanish government's austerity plan includes lots of tax increases serves, I hope as a reminder that the stimulus/austerity debate is basically orthagonal to the services/taxes debate.
TODAY IN SLATE
Ben Bradlee Dead at 93
The legendary Washington Post editor presided over the paper’s Watergate coverage.
This Scene From All The President’s Men Captures Ben Bradlee’s Genius
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
Whole Foods Is Desperate for Customers to Feel Warm and Fuzzy Again
I’m 25. I Have $250.03.
My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.
Forget Oculus Rift
This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.