Thursday, January 10, 2013

News of the Day

In a response to my post on the death of Robert Bork, reader AH offers a recommendation from today's New York Times:
Linda Greenhouse offered some thoughtful reflections on Bork this morning.
Meanwhile, a fight over the debt ceiling is brewing, not so much about the debt ceiling itself, but about how Obama will defuse the crisis. Jonathan Chait explains the two scenarios currently under debate by the liberal blogosphere: issuing IOUs or minting trillion dollar platinum coins. One is far more likely than the other, but it is hard not to have fun with the concept of a trillion dollar coin... especially speculating about whose face should appear on it.

But the biggest news of the day is that Tom Friedman actually wrote a halfway decent column explaining the common sense behind a carbon tax.

Why might a carbon tax be a good idea? Well, the US drought continues as Chicago's snowless winter attests to and Australia is on fire:

NASA satellite image of Australian wildfires at night

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