I’d say these are musts —
First off, if you are anywhere around a newsstand or bookstore, do buy the August issue of Harper’s. This is a really outstanding issue. Petra Bartosiewicz’s account of FBI terrorism investigations post 9/11 contains a lot of detail I hadn’t heard before that is genuinely jaw-dropping. Thomas Franks’s “The Age of Enron” also is worth the price of the magazine. There’s a lot of other stuff that looks interesting I haven’t gotten to yet.
On the Web:
Kevin Drum writes about Presidential Power. Kevin is a bit more of a Pollyanna than I am, but I agree with his basic point about the limits of presidential power. He also makes the case that George W. Bush was a weaker president than he is remembered to have been. In his second term he actually didn’t get anything significant passed, I don’t think. But the stuff he he sold to Congress in his first term did enough damage to hobble the country for generations to come. And while you’re at Kevin’s place, also read “The Story of the Economy” (short) and “Why Unions Matter.”