– Wesley Yang’s n+1 piece The Face of Seung-Hui Cho is now available as a $2 Amazon Kindle Single. It’s an amazing, disquieting and challenging, work, focused on his identification with the disturbed college mass murderer’s face and Yang’s own history of college and 20s-something disappointments and failings. One of the better magazine articles I’ve read, and I encourage you to check it out.
– Kat Aaron investigates the safety net under attack at the state level for the American Prospect. The performance of this net during the crisis has been amazing, with these automatic stabilizers blunting the worst macroeconomic outcomes of the Recession and preventing a lot of needless suffering to boot. I’m happy to say that Kat Aaron will be on out Federal Reserve panel at Netroots Nation next week.
– Dara Lind covers how our broken immigration system is both normalizing mass detention and eroding Fourth Amendment rights, things presumably you care about regardless of what you think of immigration.
– Kevin Drum thinks that banks should keep your data as safe as your money. I agree.
– Economics 21 has video of a panel they did on public pensions with Josh Barro, Dean Baker, and Elizabeth McNichol of CBPP. All of the panelist are people I’ll read on this topic, so it was good to see them gathered to hash out the subject.
– The hard truth about health care: Government works. Ezra walks through the case, as does Matt Steinglass.
– Zach Carter, Ryan Grim and Elise Foley report interchange reform is safe, with the Tester amendment failing in the Senate. Good times.
It is officially summer. Lighter posting through the 4th of July.