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By Dylan Matthews

Today, John looked at how online political participation breaks down by class, I discussed kindergarten research with Raj Chetty, Suzy highlighted the backlog in immigration courts, and Justin argued that home prices need to fall still further to correct for the housing bubble.

1) Public defenders are just as effective as private attorneys.

2) The RNC is distancing itself from the Arizona immigration law.

3) The CBO has released its latest estimate of the stimulus' effectiveness.

4) China's nine-day traffic jam.

5) An elephant-shaped city.

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 24, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
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Hmmm..Seems like someone's floating a trial-balloon idea of another public-sector bailout.
Here's an idea:
Why not nationalize the bar?
If you progressives want to impress me, let's see you nationalize the legal profession.
There you go... No more over-paid private-sector capitalist trash for your under-appreciated public servants to envy.

I would almost pay money to see that progressive initiative pursued.

Posted by: MrMeaner | August 24, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

"misadventures in urban planning....the well-known rhinoceros and elephant plans"

or you could do the lesser known ammonite plan, and everything will just go round and round, til it comes 'round right.

(friendly joke at the end of a summer evening.)

Posted by: jkaren | August 24, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Don't laugh at elephant and rhinoceros cities until you know where your stimulus dollars have been spent.

Posted by: bgmma50 | August 24, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Dylan, no wonkbook post?

From the copy sent to my inbox, I'll reference the study that reports microbes are [allegedly] cleaning up the underwater plume of oil. There may be more to the story...

In a post titled "Science and the vested interest," Bob Collins of MPR is the only journalist I've seen who bothers to read past the headline. He writes

"A headline science paper on ScienceExpress today requires us to read the fine print. The study says oil-eating microbes have suddenly flourished as a result of the BP oil "spill" in the Gulf of Mexico. ... The fine print, however, is a caution to reserve judgment:

'The research was supported by an existing grant with the Energy Biosciences Institute, a partnership led by the University of California Berkeley and the University of Illinois that is funded by a $500 million, 10-year grant from BP'"

Consider the point not so much a smoking gun as a grain of salt.

Posted by: bsimon1 | August 25, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

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