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6/29 Roundup: Recount and Protests, Madoff, Agony of Defeat

IranLeader: Recount and Protests

- A partial recount of the election results in Iran has begun, and the authorities in Tehran have extended the deadline to investigate electoral fraud.  But nobody expects this official results to yield any positive results for the protesters. After several quiet days, thousands of protesters clashed with government forces at a Mosque in Tehran on Sunday.  Still, the WaPo notes a weakening of the uprising in Iran, as the government has intensified its crackdown.

- The Iranian government arrested nine Iranian citizens working at the British Embassy on Sunday, accusing them of helping to foment the uprising in recent weeks.  They have released five of the nine already.

Politics

- President Obama praised the Waxman-Markey climate change bill that passed the House late Friday.  Obama spoke out against one provision in the bill that would impose sanctions on other countries that failed to cap their own carbon emissions, arguing that, in our current weakened global economy, such a measure would hurt everyone even more.

- The Hill takes a look at the GOP's uphill battle in the northeast... if they're to make any gains, it will probably be on the heels of an Obama stumble.

Economy

- Bernard Madoff will appear in court today to receive his sentence for his $65 billion Ponzi swindle.  Prosecutors are pushing for up to 150 years, but Madoff's lawyers are hoping for just 12.  I vote for 150.

- The WaPo reports that GE has received all the benefits of the government's bank bailout program, without any of the restrictions or conditions imposed on the other recipients (which is to say, actual banks).

- Christina Romer has an upbeat view of the American economy, expecting that the stimulus package passed earlier this year will have a big effect in the coming months.

International

- President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras was ousted in a military coup yesterday.  Zelaya had spent months trying to lift the term limits that prevented him from seeking office again, and the military stepped in just before a national referendum on those term limits.  The US government said it had been working for days to prevent this coup.

- Israel is open to halting new construction of settlements in the West Bank, as part of a broad peacemaking effort with the Palestinians.  The concession would not affect settlements already under construction, as President Obama had asked for, but it still represents a positive step.

New From NDN

- Dan wrote in his weekly New Tools post on an interesting information age quandary:  who is in charge of the internet? Who polices this 21st century Wild West?

- Meg put together all our recent work on healthcare and climate change legislation in a new backgrounder.

One More Thing

- The US Men's National Soccer Team lost a heartbreaker to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final yesterday.  After beating Spain 2-0 last week, the USMNST went up 2-0 in the first half on Brazil, only to give up three goals in the second half for the loss.  Still, this tournament marks another step forward for American soccer.

- While we're on the subject, here's an interesting video from after the US scored their second goal against Spain.  What you're listening for comes around 0:45 (h/t slev):

6/26 Roundup: Speaking Out in Iran, Compromise, Thriller

Leader: Speaking Out in Iran

- After four days of silence, Iranian opposition leader Mir Hussein Mousavi emerged and spoke out against the government on Thursday, vowing to continue his protests against the government's repression. He issued a rare direct attack on Ayatollah Khamenei himself, accusing the leader of "not acting in the interests of the country." The suppression of all kinds of media in Iran has made it extremely difficult for Mousavi to communicate with his followers in recent days, and for the opposition to organize themselves in any way. Likewise, the restrictions have made it difficult for us in America to glean any information about what's going on inside Iran currently. 

- Ayatollah Khamenei's harsh repression in the two weeks since the election have led to a loss of legitimacy not just within Iran, but across the the Shi'a world, reports the WSJ. The WaPo writes, meanwhile, that all over the Arab world, pro-democracy opposition movements are forced to take account and wonder why they have been so much less successful.

- Foreign ministers of the G8 countries are meeting presently, and Iran is at the top of the agenda.

Politics

- President Obama hosted a meeting of congressional leaders at the White House yesterday to discuss immigration reform. The president made clear he wants comphrehensive immigration reform by "early next year," though one major sticking point will be the question of what to do about the future influx of foreign workers.  Simon responded to the meeting with this post.

- The Senate draws closer to a compromise healthcare reform bill, though the question of a public option still lingers. Politico reports that Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus has pulled together a "coalition of the willing" -- seven Finance Senators with the task of finding a compromise.  We're glad to see our friend Jeff Bingaman on the list.

- In one of the most curious SCOTUS cases of the term, the court found unconstitutional a public school's strip-search of a 13 year-old girl suspected of hiding ibuprofen in her underwear.  In the 8-1 ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas was the one hold-out.

Economy

- Japan has put sanctions on Citibank, accusing the bank of conducting "suspicious transactions, including money laundering."

- Paul Krugman tells us the tale of two Baracks.  There's Barack the Wonk, who has glorious command of the issues.  And then there's Barack the Post-Partisan, whose primary sin is to seek compromise with an unreasonable opposition, where no such common ground exists.

International

- The American withdrawal from Iraq is, to everyone's surprise, going ahead on schedule, though a recent uptick in bomb attacks-- presumably meant to foster instability as US troops pull out-- is causing concern. 

- The Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua has offered amnesty to the militants who have caused so much havoc for the oil industry in the Niger Delta.

New From NDN

- Michael Moynihan writes about Waxman-Markey, the little bill that could.  It's not perfect, but it's a good compromise.

- Morley Winograd and Mike Hais draw comparisons between Millennials here in America and those in Iran.  We're out to save the world!

One More Thing

- Last, it is my sad duty to report to you something you already know: Michael Jackson, the king of pop, has died.  A man who spent his early life in the limelight, and the prime of his life as a global pop icon, this marks the sad end of a life that had become a sad spectacle in recent years, as the oddity of Jackson's personal life overtook his success as a singer.  His passing, however, gives us the chance to remember him as we loved him best, and as he would surely hope to be remembered.  He was, at his best, nothing less than a thriller:

Reza Aslan on Rafsanjani

Reza Aslan has a great new piece over at the Daily Beast, writing about Ayatollah Rafsanjani's attempt to create a coalition of clerics to unseat Ayatollah Khamenei.  Apparently, he is succeeding in his efforts:

Reliable sources in Iran are suggesting that a possible compromise to put an end to the violent uprising that has rocked Iran for the past two weeks may be in the works. I have previously reported that the second most powerful man in Iran, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head of the Assembly of Experts (the body with the power to choose and dismiss the Supreme Leader) is in the city of Qom—the country’s religious center—trying to rally enough votes from his fellow Assembly members to remove the current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei from power. News out of Iran suggests that he may be succeeding. At the very least, it seems he may have gained enough support from the clerical establishment to force a compromise from Khamenei, one that would entail a run-off election between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his main reformist rival Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Here's an interview Aslan did with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show yesterday.  He makes many of the same points I made in my post "Iran Endgames," a few days ago:


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6/25 Roundup: Uncle Sam's Army, Wolfman, Cry For Me in Argentina

U.S. Defeats SpainLeader: Uncle Sam's Army

- It's possible this isn't actually the most important news story in the world today, but really, what's the point of having a blog if you can't occasionally set your own agenda? Yesterday, the United States Men's National Soccer Team beat Spain-- the best team in the world. Spain had recently won the European Cup, and was undefeated since 2006.  Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey scored, giving the U.S. a 2-0 victory. The U.S. will now play in the final of the Confederations Cup on Sunday, against the winner of today's game between Brazil and South Africa.

- Many are already calling this the greatest victory in the history of American soccer, and it's certainly way up there, along with our defeats of Mexico and Portugal in the 2002 World Cup, of Brazil in 1995, and of England in 1950. George Vescey compares it to the win by the U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey team in 1980. It's that big, seriously.

Politics

- President Obama will meet today with Congressional leaders to talk about immigration. The NY Times doesn't seem to think the passage of comprehensive immigration reform is very likely this year.  We here at NDN respectfully disagree!

- The Washington Post covers Chuck Schumer's speech on immigration from yesterday, and particularly his support for biometric identification cards for all American workers. 

Economy

- Last week saw an unexpected uptick in the number of new jobless claims.  As unemployment rises, the WSJ reports that people are going further, and doing stranger things for work.  Like this one guy who dresses up as Wolfman every day. 

- In the first quarter this year, the economy shrank by a mere 5.5%, not the 5.7% initially reported.  Even better, things appear to be a little less bad now.

International

- As the government continued to crack down on protesters in Iran, President Ahmadinejad told the U.S. not to interfere with his country's sovereignty. Our allies in the Arab countries around the Persian Gulf are tickled pink by Iran's unrest-- in part because it means a less powerful Iran, and in part because they suspect this will make it harder for the U.S. to reconcile with Iran. Also, Iran's leaders are officially uninvited from our July 4 festivities.  Good.

New From NDN

- I think that you, yes YOU, should come by our offices or tune in online today for Simon's presentation of his Dawn of a New Politics powerpoint.  It's replete with new slides and new arguments, so even if you've seen it before, check us out!

- Next week, Simon and NDN Fellow Morley Winograd will be up in New York for the Personal Democracy Forum, doing a panel together on America's changing demography.  Should be pretty cool.

One More Thing

- Last, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford had an affair with a woman in Argentina.  He offered the usual display of remorse and courage yesterday, after telling us that he had spent the past five days-- while the nation wondered where he was-- crying in Argentina. Appropriately, Stephen Colbert declared himself governor of South Carolina a few days ago, so presumably he'll be calling the shots now:


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6/24 Roundup: Condemning Oppression, Waxman-Markey, Earthquake Instigation

Obama on IranLeader: Condemning Oppression

- President Obama gave a press conference yesterday, in which he addressed healthcare legislation, climate change legislation, but most importantly, he addressed the situation in Iran.  He strongly condemned the harsh repression by the Iranian government of the peaceful protesters in Iran.  He mentioned Neda, the young woman killed by a paramilitary bullet last Saturday, and whose death has been a rallying point for protesters in Iran. Said Obama:

This is not about the United States and the West; this is about the people of Iran, and the future that they – and only they – will choose. The Iranian people can speak for themselves. That is precisely what has happened these last few days. In 2009, no iron fist is strong enough to shut off the world from bearing witness to the peaceful pursuit of justice.

- David Ignatius has his money on the success of the followers of the martyred Neda, at least in the long run.  Robert Kaplan thinks that if the protesters are successful, Iran's reform could be transformational for the Middle East.

Politics

- Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that a deal had been struck on the Waxman-Markey climate change bill, and she promised it would pass the House before the July 4 recess.

- The NY Times covers the release of the transcripts of a new batch of tapes from Richard Nixon's White House. Speaking in private, expressed ambivalence about the legalization of abortion, though he recognized certain cases in which it could be necessary: "There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white, or a rape."

- AltaRock Energy, a small startup, will be drilling into the earth near San Francisco, in an attempt to harness the heat below the earth's surface as an energy source.  The same strategy was used in Switzerland a few years ago, and it caused an earthquake.  Gulp.

International

- After four years without an Ambassador in Damascus, President Obama will pursue normalized relations with Syria.

- An airstrike kiled 60 at a funeral in South Waziristan. The missile is believed to have come from an American drone.

New From NDN

- We've been keeping up our coverage and analysis of the happenings in Iran.

- Simon will be presenting an updated version of his Dawn of a New Politics powerpoint on Thursday, complete with analysis of how America's bottom-up political shift is being exported to Iran.

One More Thing

- Last, here is President Obama delivering his opening address in the conference I wrote about above:

6/23 Roundup: Pause in Iran, Voting Rights Upheld, No Go Villaraigosa

LedaLeader: Pause in Iran

- The death of Neda, a 26 year-old Iranian woman who was shot dead by riot police and whose final moments were caught on video, continues to be a rallying point for Iranian protesters.  Mousavi has called for the next major protest to be held on Thursday to mourn all the deaths since the uprising began. Perhaps with enough time to plan and spread the word, the protesters will reclaim some of the momentum later this week.

- Protests have diminished in the past few days, as government forces have cracked down hard throughout Iran.

- The New Yorker has a report from the streets and the rooftops of Iran.

- The WSJ reports on one family whose son was killed when he got caught in the crossfire on his way home.  The government demanded a $3,000 "bullet fee" before returning his body.

Politics

- In one of the most closely-watched cases of the term, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 to preserve a controversial clause within the Voting Rights Act of 1965, ducking the constitutional question at the center of the case, and waiting to address it in a narrower context.  The ruling preserves the law in its original form, allowing federal government to maintain control over election rules in certain parts of the country with a history of racial disenfranchisement.

- While President Obama remains popular, confidence in his economic stimulus plan has ebbed somewhat, as Americans have come down of the high of optimism that pervaded society early in his term. Only about 52% of people think the stimulus will succeed-- nearly 60% thought so just two months back.  Still, with a 65% approval rating, the President maintains the confidence of his people.

- Henry Waxman's climate change bill will hit the floor this week, sooner than most expected.  Everybody ready?

- Here in Washington yesterday, a horrific crash occurred on the Metro when one train rammed another at a high speed.  Nine commuters were killed, and over 70 were injured.  The WaPo covers this tragedy here and here.

Economy

- Chinese factory workers continue to be subjected to appalling and dangerous work conditions, despite a supposed improvement in the legal protections for workers, the NYT reports.

- Swiss bank UBS, which had been in big trouble for helping tens of thousands of Americans evade taxes, may be cutting a deal to get out of trouble. We wouldn't want to violate any Swiss secrecy laws, after all, if Swiss trust is breached, the where will that leave the "international thriller" movie genre?

International

- Qari Zainuddin, a Taliban leader and the chief rival to Baitullah Mehsud, was shot dead in northwestern Pakistan yesterday.  The assassination is a blow to the Pakistani government, which had backed Zainuddin to counterbalance Mehsud.

- Politico looks at Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State thus far, and notes that she maintains a low profile.  Except, of course, when she fell and broke her elbow.  Now that's news.

New From NDN

- Dan wrote about the power of citizen journalism in Iran, and I've been doing regular analysis of the events in Iran.  Keep up with us!

- Simon will be presenting an updated version of his Dawn of a New Politics powerpoint on Thursday, complete with analysis of how America's bottom-up political shift is being exported to Iran.

One More Thing

- Last, Mayor Villaraigosa of LA will not run for California's governorship:

 

 

6/22 Roundup: Surface Calm in Iran, Chuck Schumer Goes it Alone, Draft Ramirez!

Leader: Surface Calm in Iran

- After another day of massive street protests in Iran on Saturday (check out this video I posted here of the protesters chasing off the government shock troops), yesterday was a day of "relative calm," at least on the surface of society. Peel back that veneer, however, and one finds evidence of a serious struggle in the highest reaches of power, and millions of Iranians preparing for a showdown with their government this week.  Ayatollah Khamenei arrested several members of Ali Rafsanjani, a former president who leads several important councils, and was seen as an attempt to quiet Rafsanjani's challenge to Khamenei.

- The government of Iran has admitted a discrepancy of three million votes in their election-- more ballots were cast than there are eligible voters in the country.  The Guardian Council said it is "not clear" if the discrepancy would "decisively change" the election result.  Remember last week Ayatollah Khamenei was telling us the election results were fair, and that an 11 million vote gap was too big to fake.  Well, 11 million doesn't seem so big anymore, and and the Ayatollah seems to have jumped before counting.

Politics

- Paul Krugman has written off the Republican side of the Senate, but sees the possibility for a few renegade "centrist" Democrats to scuttle health care reform.  Chuck Schumer, for one, is ready to go it alone.

- Sen. John Ensign has seen a 14-point slide since announcing his extramarital affair. If he's through, who will replace him as the Senator from Nevada?  Draft Ramirez!

Economy

- The welfare rolls are growing for the first time since Bill Clinton reformed the program more than a decade ago. And reporting from the WaPo indicates that it could be a long time before jobs start returning to our economy.

- Oil has fallen to near $68/barrel, but this isn't really good news for our economy.

International

- The Chinese government has ordered all PC manufacturers to load Green Dam censoring software on their computers.  Purportedly, this is intended to filter pornography, but it could be used to censor politically sensative content, as well.  The U.S. State Department has filed an official complaint with the Chinese government.

- The U.S. Navy is tracking a North Korean cargo ship that appears to be headed for Myanmar.  This could be the first test of just how far the U.S. is willing to go in its new commitment to stop DPRK military shipments.

New From NDN

- We've been tracking the situation in Iran closely.  Keep up with our ongoing analysis here, or just watch the blog.

- Check out this backgrounder of our best, recent economic work assembled by the crack team in our Globalization Initiative.

One More Thing

- Last, more video from the protests on Saturday in Iran: 

 

 

6/19 Roundup: Iranians Speak, Balking and Scouring, Fly Execution

Ayatollah Ali KhameneiLeader: Iranians Speak

- Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, spoke out Friday for the first time since the elections a week ago. He praised the election as "an epic moment that became a historic moment," and warned the protesters to stay off the streets.  He alleged that a gap of 11 million votes between Ahmadinejad and Moussavi was too big a gap to have been falsified, and accused "Zionist media" and "Western powers" for casting doubt on the election. 

- After days of looking to appease the protestors by offering a recount, the Ayatollah appears to have given up hope that these protests will play themselves out and wind down to his advantage.  This announcement is a clear step up in the ongoing power struggle. It's hard to imagine the protesters will quietly acquiesce and stay indoors, so it seems the government will have little choice but to crack down harder.  How can this play out but with further escalation?

- The NY Times looks at the vigilantes who are known as Basijis, and have been roaming the streets in Iran after dark, intimidating, beating up, and sometimes killing protestors they followed during the day.

- in the FT, Philip Stevens looks at the divide between the realists and the idealists-- a battle that has raged on our blog, as well.

- Moussavi's external spokesman, based in Paris, gave an interview with FP.  Of course, he insists he would rather hear President Obama issue full-throated support of Moussavi, though I suspect he's just playing politics, as I'm confident he realizes, as I suggested the other day, that any U.S. government support of Moussavi would backfire and be used as fodder against him by Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah.

- The NY Times published an op-ed by an anonymous student in Iran who insists that Americans have a three-decades-old conception of his country.

- Spencer Ackerman got an interview with one of the leaders of the protests in Iran.

- Nico Pitney continues his excellent liveblogging over at HuffPo.  He's got a number of excellent videos and photos up, and is currently watching the fallout from the Ayatollah's remarks.

Politics

- The NY Times runs an editorial arguing that now is the time for immigration reform, and I think they've been reading our stuff:

The American people have been far out front of the politicians on this issue, overwhelmingly supporting comprehensive reform. Washington can still catch up. There’s still time. And the country is waiting.

- The Obama Administration wanted to push healthcare reform through the legislative process quickly, but it hit some pretty big bumps this week, as congress has balked at the cost. Dems are scouring the bill for ways to cut its costs, but finding the money will be a challenge, regardless.

Economy

- President Obama's plan to tighten the regulations on our banking system would have a new role for the Fed.  And our Congress is a little wary of the Fed's expanding role.

- Paul Krugman responds to the proposed rules, saying that yes, they do close some big holes, but there's still more to do:

I’m aware of the political realities: getting financial reform through Congress won’t be easy. And even as it stands the Obama plan would be a lot better than nothing. 

But to live up to its own analysis, the Obama administration needs to come down harder on the rating agencies and, even more important, get much more specific about reforming the way bankers are paid.

International

- The Global Post reports on sex workers in Chennai, India, learning Kung Fu and other martial arts for self-defense.

- A car bomb went off near Bilbao, and the Spanish government is blaming Basque separatists.

New From NDN

- Mike Hais comes out with his second weekly post on polling, and finds that Democrats are much more popular than we give them credit for.

- Simon stays on Iran, pulling quotes from some of the best pieces of recent days, and pointing you toward our work on all this.

One More Thing

- I assume you've seen the sweet video of President Obama killing an irritating a fly in the middle of an interview with ninja-like swatting skills. Well, PETA came out against the President's action, calling it an "execution."  This is why nobody takes you seriously, PETA.

- Last, I don't know how you feel about Henry Kissinger, but it's always good when people think you're doing a good job, right?:

6/18 Roundup: Sporting Green, End of the Honeymoon, Globetrotting Globalists

Iran SoccerLeader: Sporting Green

- Protests continued in Iran yesterday, with somewhere between "tens of thousands" (according to most news outlets) and "hundreds of thousands" (according to the WSJ) of people taking to the streets to protest the results of their election that is now nearly a week in the past.  The government of Iran continues to try to stifle the media, but reports via Twitter, cell phone camera, and blog continue to stream out of the country.

- The Iranian soccer team played South Korea to a tie yesterday-- no small feat playing in the Koreans' home stadium in Seoul. The team played wearing green wristbands in solidarity with the reformist protestors in Iran. They emerged from the locker room for the second half without the wristbands. 

- Joe Klein is back from 10 days in Iran, and reports on what he saw in the election and its aftermath.

- John Kerry has an op-ed in the NY Times today making an argument that's an awful lot like the one I made here on the blog on Tuesday.

Politics

- President Obama still enjoys a 63% favorability rating, but some of his policies are less popular.  Particularly, a new NYT/CBS poll finds that most Americans think he should be focusing more on controlling the deficit.  CQ interprets all this to mean that Obama's honeymoon is over.

- President Obama unveiled plans for an overhaul of financial regulations, moving toward a system that would try to limit the array of financial products available to mostly "plain vanilla" varieties. Joe Nocera of the NYT takes a closer look at Obama's proposals, and notes that his proposal isn't anywhere close to what F.D.R. accomplished in the Great Depression:

Wall Street hated the reforms, of course, but Roosevelt didn’t care. Wall Street and the financial industry had engaged in practices they shouldn’t have, and had helped lead the country into the Great Depression. Those practices had to be stopped. To the president, that’s all that mattered...

Rather, the Obama plan is little more than an attempt to stick some new regulatory fingers into a very leaky financial dam rather than rebuild the dam itself. Without question, the latter would be more difficult, more contentious and probably more expensive. But it would also have more lasting value.

Economy

- Greg Mankiw highlights a chart put out by the Cleveland Fed showing that different measures of inflation offer disparate estimates of where we stand.   If you take energy out of the picture, however, everything appears much more normal.

- Politico wonders if, now that they've co-authored an op-ed, Larry Summers and Tim Geithner are officially BFFLs.

International

- A suicide bomb attack in Somalia killed the country's security minister, among 19 others. Their government is blaming al Qaeda.  Another blow to Somalia's barely-existent infrastructure.

- An ancient temple in Myanmar collapsed yesterday, and the military junta that runs the country is liable to take it as divine judgment on their legitimacy.

New From NDN

- Andres announced the release of new presentations, backgrounders, and video on immigration reform.  Enjoy!

- Our globetrotting globalization expert, Rob Shapiro, blogs from Beijing, China on healthcare.

One More Thing

- Two Republican congressmen who are apparently new to Twitter compared their minority in Congress to the oppressed reformists of Iran.  Keep it classy, guys.

- Last, SENATOR Barbara Boxer lays a little bit of a smackdown:

6/17 Roundup: Protests in Iran Continue, New Regulations, Cut the Cards

Iran BurningLeader: Protests in Iran Continue

- Iran's religious leaders have agreed to a recount of Friday's election results, but protests continue around the country.  Tuesday's protests were smaller than those on Monday, likely a result of the violence that resulted in seven deaths the previous day. Compared to student protests in 1999 and 2003, the NY Times reports, the Iranian government will have a much harder time shutting down these protests quickly and quietly, in part because of their size. The government is trying their darndest to shut down the media, but social media like Twitter are proving nearly impossible to curb.

- Robert Kagan finds President Obama's response to the unrest in Iran "disturbing."  He does not suppose that Obama necessarily prefers working with Ahmadinejad to Moussavi, but thinks his indifference to the pro-reformist protesters is wrong.

- Simon had a major piece in HuffPo yesterday arguing that Obama had little choice but to shun realism and stand up for democracy around the world. 

- An op-ed in the Times sees the recent crackdown as the culmination of Iran's shift to become a full-fledged military dictatorship.

Politics

- The President will make a gesture toward gay rights today when he allows federal employees to extend their benefits to unmarried domestic partners, including same-sex partners.

- The White House released a report on climate change with strong language describing the man-made damage already being inflicted upon our environment.

Economy

- The White House will propose sweeping new changes to the regulations that oversee our financial markets. George Soros comments on the plan in the FT.

New From NDN

- Shai Agassi shows up in Wired today, and he'll show up at our offices tomorrow.  Come by our event!

- We had a lot of commentary on Iran yesterday.  Here's Dan, here's Jake, and here's me.

One More Thing

- An Arizona town settled a tied election by cutting a deck of cards.  Draw!

- Last, Nico Pitney has been providing great liveblog coverage of everything going on in Iran over at HuffPo.  Here he is discussing his work with Rachel Maddow:


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