Life at the Capitol is set to pick up now that committees have been assigned and hearings get underway. I trust that you're precisely as excited about that as I am.
Or maybe a little less.
» WSJ: Eric Schmidt Unloads on China in New Book
I guess it's official that everyone hates China now. The GOP just ran a Presidential nominee who liked to 'sound tough' on China. GOP free traders are convinced that Obama is the most protectionist President on earth - with regard to China or anyone else. And yet ... how much has really changed with economic policy toward China? Not a great deal. That might be a fair part what irritates someone like Schmidt. Well, that and the hacking.
» NY Times: As Extremists Invaded, Timbuktu Hid Artifacts of a Golden Age
A continuation of the Times' Timbuktu/al Qaeda reporting. Good stuff.
» NOLA: Officials blame Super Bowl 2013 blackout on 'abnormality' in system
Do blackouts ever happen from a 'normality'?
» Star-Telegram: New Tarrant lawmaker is a conciliatory conservative
The political transformation in the Metroplex area is pretty amazing. Not good way, mind you. I already miss Burt Solomons.
» NY Times: Postal Service to End Delivery of Letters on Saturdays
I look forward to getting my attack mailers several days earlier when campaign season returns.
» Chron: City lists rules for payday lenders but wants lawmakers to act
No sooner than I point out to someone in Austin that our fair city does not have any significant regulation of payday/auto title/whatever loan industry than the City releases this news ... thereby proving to me that it never will. At the Capitol, the odd couple have already begun reworking this issue.
Other Worthwhile Reading from Last Week:
» Chron: NASA cuts leave void in Clear Lake
» NY Times: Young, Liberal and Open to Big Government
» Dallas MN: UT Austin will offer not-for-credit online courses starting in August
» San Antonio E-N: UT plans 'massive' offerings on Internet
» Economix: Earned-Income Ironies
» Washington Post: Tech, telecom giants take sides as FCC proposes large public WiFi networks
» Washington Post: Why much-praised KIPP D.C. expels kids
» Texas Tribune: Texas Ethics Reform: A Long, Tortured History