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By Dylan Matthews

Today, John suggested that media figures may be responsible for Americans thinking Obama is a Muslim, Suzy explained the debate around the E-Verify employment verification system, I talked to Edward Zigler about why passing child care legislation is so hard, and Justin taught us how to make melon soup.

1) More bad economic news from the BLS displaced workers' survey.

2) Is "The Great McGinty" the best political movie ever? It's hard for me to see anything topping "Election."

3) A new CBPP report on Social Security.

4) It's only slightly related to the issues I'm talking about in my early education/child care posts, but Pamela Paul's piece on major depression in preschoolers is outstanding.

By Dylan Matthews  |  August 26, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
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The greatest political film is Robert Bresson's The Trial of Joan of Arc (1959).

Elmer Gantry is also a decent film that gets overlooked in the political genre.

Posted by: kgus123 | August 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

best of luck, dylan.
with your combination of intellect, talent and hard work, you will continue to shine brightly and your work will enlighten others.

Posted by: jkaren | August 26, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Best American political movie ever is Robert Altman's Nashville.

Posted by: remarksdc | August 26, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Wonkbook yesterday (Aug 26) linked to an article on income equality and tax policy, showing that the top 1 percent of earners now accounted for more income than the middle 20 percent, whereas in 1979 the reverse was true. Yes, this would suggest we should not extend the Bush tax cuts for top earners, but my question is: how did this happen, and what constellation of policies is necessary to redress or mitigate it... if that is even possible or desireable. Relying only on tax policy seems too limited, but we need to understand all of the causes. Any suggestions for further reading on the subject?

Posted by: moore_te | August 27, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: gfafblifr | August 27, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Best political movie: "Meet John Doe" (1941).

Posted by: SteelyDan2 | August 27, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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