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Jon Stewart Would Have Been a Terrible Host of "Meet the Press"

Gabriel Sherman says that Chuck Todd wasn't NBC's first choice to replace David Gregory as host of Meet the Press: Before choosing Todd, NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart about hosting Meet the Press, according to three senior television sources with knowledge of the talks. Show More Summary

The Great Wage Slowdown of the 21st Century Is About a Lot More Than Just Wages

David Leonhardt writes about why the economy looks so bad even though unemployment has fallen below 6 percent: American workers have been receiving meager pay increases for so long now that it’s reasonable to talk in sweeping terms about the trend. Show More Summary

Immigration, ISIS, and Ebola: A Perfect Right-Wing Storm

Here is Republican congressman Tom Cotton, currently running for a Senate seat in Arkansas: Groups like the Islamic State collaborate with drug cartels in Mexico who have clearly shown they’re willing to expand outside the drug trade...Show More Summary

You Should Avoid Doctors and Judges in the Late Morning

We already know that judges become considerably more severe in their sentencing as the morning wears on and they get tired and hungry. Today, Susannah Locke passes along a new tidbit of research showing that doctors prescribe more antibiotics as the morning wears on. Show More Summary

Is Another Housing Bubble Sneaking Up On Us?

Nick Timiraos points to an interesting IMF chart today. It breaks the world into two sorts of countries. The first, which includes the US, UK, Spain, and others, saw a big housing bubble during the aughts and a big housing bust during the Great Recession. Show More Summary

Any Way You Slice It, Amazon Should Pay Its Workers For Time Spent In Security Lines

Here's the newest front in the war to pay low-wage workers even less: The latest battle, which goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, was launched by former warehouse workers for, who argue they should have beenShow More Summary

Chart of the Day: Overweight Teenagers Earn Less as Adults

Here's a stunning chart for you. It comes from a paper by a team of Swedish researchers, and it shows the relationship between earnings and weight among men. As you can see, adult earnings reach a peak around a BMI of 23—smack in the middle of the normal range—and then steadily decline as you get more overweight. Show More Summary

Spending During a Recession Is an Even Better Idea Than We Thought

Matt O'Brien points today to a new paper that tries to estimate the value of the fiscal multiplier during recessions. The multiplier is a number that tells us how effective government spending is. For example, if the government spends...Show More Summary

BREAKING: Wall Street Is a Sinkhole of Corruption and Fraud

The New York Times reports on the latest in Wall Street malfeasance: With evidence mounting that a number of foreign and American banks colluded to alter the price of foreign currencies, the largest and least regulated financial market,...Show More Summary

Your Lesson for the Day: If You Decline to Use Military Force, You've "Kind of Lost Your Way"

Today the Washington Post summarizes a new book by Leon Panetta, former CIA director and secretary of defense in the Obama administration, as well as an interview Panetta gave to Susan Page of USA Today: By not pressing the Iraqi government to leave more U.S. Show More Summary

5 Percent of Religious Americans Routinely Try to Fool God

Speaking of phone surveys, surely a survey conducted by LifeWay, a Christian retailer based in Nashville, TN, should be one that we can rely on. So what was LifeWay curious about? Prayer. In particular: how often you pray; what you pray for; and whether your prayers are answered. Show More Summary

Americans Are Rebelling Against Phone Surveys

Carl Bialik reports on the state of the state in political polling: Fifteen pollsters told us their response rates for election polls this year and in 2012. The average response rate this year is 11.8 percent — down 1.9 percentage points from 2012. Show More Summary

Here's Why I Left My Dentist

Kiera Butler manages to punch one of my buttons today in a piece about the growing problem of "creative diagnosis" in dentistry: Upselling in dentistry isn't a new phenomenon, but it's having a moment....A generation ago, newly hatched...Show More Summary

Joe Biden Apologizes For Telling the Truth

If a gaffe is the act of accidentally telling the truth, then Joe Biden pulled off the mother of all gaffes on Thursday: Speaking at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Mr. Biden said allies including Turkey, Qatar and the United...Show More Summary

The Washington Post Wants Google to Invent a "Secure Golden Key"

A couple of weeks ago Google announced that Android phones would soon have their contents encrypted by default. The encryption key would be set by the user and Google wouldn't keep a copy. This means that if police get a warrant to search a cell phone, they can't get the encryption key from Google. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 3 October 2014

We have names! They have not, ahem, been met with universal acclaim, but we're sticking with them. Our little gray-and-white girl is: Hopper aka Gracie aka The Admiral And our little black-and-white boy is: Hilbert aka Davie aka TheShow More Summary

Yet More Crackpotism From Tea Party Darling in Iowa

TPM's Daniel Strauss provides us with the latest intel on tea party darling Joni Ernst, currently favored to win a Senate seat in Iowa. Here are her answers to a survey from the Campaign for Liberty in 2012, when she was running forShow More Summary

Is a Major Abortion Showdown Finally In Our Near Future?

It's been obvious for a while that sometime soon the Supreme Court is going to take on another major abortion case. So far, what's kept it from happening is probably the fact that both sides are unsure how it would go. Nobody wants to...Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in September

The American economy added 248,000 new jobs in September, but about 90,000 of those jobs were needed just to keep up with population growth, so net job growth clocked in at 158,000. That's not bad. The headline unemployment rate ticked down to 5.9 percent, due to a combination of more employment and more people dropping out of the labor force. Show More Summary

Support for Ground War Against ISIS Keeps Growing

"So much for war weariness," crows Ed Morrissey today, and unfortunately it's hard to argue with him. Here's the latest: This is a Fox poll, so maybe we have to take it with a grain of salt. Question 22, after all, is about whether Barack...Show More Summary

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