The Daily Grind
9:11 AM, Jul 28, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Chuck Todd on JournoList: “Journolist was pretty offensive. Those of us who are mainstream journalists got mixed in with journalists with an agenda. Those folks who thought they were improving journalism are destroying the credibility of journalism. This has kept me up nights. I try to be fair. It’s very depressing.”
If you're in D.C., go see the Lego master exhibit at the National Building Museum. Hey, it's not the most childish thing in the city; not by a long shot.
Dave Weigel goes from resigning from the Washington Post to writing at Washington-Post-owned Slate.
For real or a head fake? "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reserved a third wave of television time, one week after announcing the selection of the first two waves that identified 40 of the most vulnerable seats in the midterm elections. The latest cluster of districts includes 14 open seats, a sign that Democrats intend to expand their sights – to a degree, at least – beyond a strict defensive match."
The government's foreclosure relief program desperately trying to throw money at a problem the market is solving: "San Bernardino County, Calif., had one of the nation's largest housing bubbles. It's always in the top 10 in foreclosures, and analysis firm CoreLogic estimates the typical home is worth $97,000 less than its mortgage. With $22.7 million in NSP grants, the county planned to give down payment assistance and discounted second mortgages to home buyers. But cash-paying investors snatched up the houses from banks and turned them into rentals. The county plan faltered. In February, HUD Regional Inspector General for Audit Joan Hobbs warned that the county had 'questionable capacity' to spend the money on time."
It will be the greatest jaw line in the history of national politics.
This White House has created more Jonas Bros. publicity than jobs at this point, I think.
“The fiscal-policy decisions of the past year and a half have not been implausible or inexplicable,” writes Mankiw, “but they have also not been empirically shown to work. The data point to other approaches.”DISCLOSE goes down.