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CriticalMASS Top 10 Reads of the Week – July 8, 2011

Asia pollution blamed for halt in warming: study – Gerard Wynn [Reuters] Smoke belching from Asia’s rapidly growing economies is largely responsible for a halt in global warming in the decade after 1998 because of sulphur’s cooling effect, even though greenhouse gas emissions soared, a U.S. study said on Monday.
The paper raised the prospect of more rapid, pent-up climate…

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Deval Patrick: No Leader

Post by Libby Dan noted earlier this week that the Governor is thinking about possible actions on the Municipal Health Reform language that is sitting on his desk and awaiting his signature (or not).  The big question is will he sign it as is or send it back to the legislature with amendments? As Dan pointed out, amending the language…

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There’s the law, and then there’s the culture: budget “balance” built on a fantasy


The governor shall recommend, the general court shall enact, and the governor shall approve a general appropriation bill which shall constitute a balanced budget for the commonwealth. No supplementary appropriation bill shall be approved by the governor which would cause the state budget for any fiscal year not to be balanced. That’s Massachusetts General Law Chapter 29, Section 6E.  In…

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CriticalMASS Top 10 Reads of the Week – July 1, 2010

Being There – Michael Barone [National Review Online]  

Which past leader does Barack Obama most closely resemble? His admirers, not all of them liberals, used to compare him to Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.  

Well, Obama announced his candidacy in Lincoln’s hometown two days before Abe’s birthday, and he did expand the size and scope of government. But…

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