Need To Read: September 24, 2009


Today’s must-reads jumped out of the pot:

  • HIV Vaccine Shows Promise (Bloomberg)
  • David Paterson Opens Up (NYT)
  • Bill McKibben: Is Obama Even Trying on Climate? (MoJo)
  • Glenn Beck: Frog Murderer (MoJo)
  • Someone In Creigh Deeds’ Campaign Thinks Honesty Is The Best Policy (WaPo)
  • Clinton Compared Gore to Mussolini? (MoJo)
  • How Richard Posner Became A Keynesian (The New Republic)
  • The Spy Who Loved Hamas (MoJo)
  • Jack Shafer: “Sometimes it takes an outsider like Andrew Breitbart to show the press corps the way.” (Slate)
  • Things That Make Claire McCaskill’s Head “Pop Off” (MoJo)
  • Obama Echoes Bush on State Secrets? (MoJo)
  • Sen. Inhofe’s Climate Sceptic Road Show (MoJo)

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