Once a week, I’ll be posting links to the best stories that I’ve read in politics, education,  and current affairs. Not sure how many weeks I can keep this up, but I’ll try my best.

1. Mark Weisbrot, in the Guardian, argues why Paul Krugman should be President Obama’s pick for US Treasury Secretary.

2. Annie Lowry, in the New York Timesoffers research from the Tax Policy Center that estimates that the top 1 percent will pay a rate of more than 36 percent this year, the highest since 1979.

3. Joe Hagen, in New York Magazine, recounts his experience on the National Review post-election cruise to the Cayman Islands.

4. Simon Romero, in the New York Times, documents the life of Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, a liberal world leader that “lives in a run-down house” and supports policies like same-sex marriage, increasing funds for renewable energy, and lowering poverty.

5. Scott Shane, in the New York Times, shares the life of John C. Kiriakou, a former CIA agent that will serve 30 months in prison for leaking classified information to a reporter.

6. Kevin Drum, in Mother Jones, explains that new research finds that lead is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic.

7. Danny Hayes, in the Washington Post, argues, drawing from research by three political scientists, that social identity theory — identifying with a political party — is “enough to generate unfavorable attitudes toward the other side.”

8. Andrew Goldman, in the New York Times Magazine, has an interview with former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman — the secret hipster.

9. Emma Brown, in the Washington Post, writes that Washington D.C.’s public charter schools have expelled students at far higher rates than the city’s traditional public schools, based on an analysis of documents.

10. Ian Steadman, in Wired UK, explains that a study has concluded that a school’s design can influence a child’s development as much as 25 percent in a single school year.

11. Joe Klein, in TIME, argues the Chuck Hagel nomination for Defense Secretary will be a warm-up act for Obama’s foreign policy battle in his second term.

12. Matt Taibbi, in Rolling Stone, with colorful language, demonstrates that the Wall Street bailout of 2008 was “one of the biggest and elaborate falsehoods ever sold to the American people” and drastically damaged the U.S. economy and confidence.

13. Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy, in a Wall Street Journal Saturday Essay, explains that the war on drugs hasn’t worked and perhaps we should follow the lead of Portugal by decriminalizing all drug use and the drug market.

14. Nell Greenfieldboyce, in NPR, reports that, based on a new research, people can’t accurately predict how much their personality and values will change in the next decade.

15. Naomi Wolf, in the Guardian, reveals how Wall Street banks and federal agencies collaborated on cracking down Occupy movements together.

*Currently reading How to Change the World by David Bornstein.
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