I'm not so vain as to put mine first by choice. I'm just lazy and grabbed that with a copy and past from TCI. I knew Ruth was writing on the topic because she and I had spoken on the phone about The NewsHour. I did not know Rebecca was going to write about the topic as well (I'm glad she did).
Second, I was asked if I could note this web folder at NPR which is on the housing crisis.
Sticking with NPR, John Ydstie (Morning Edition) filed a report today on Barack's deal and this is an excerpt:
Mr. MARK ZANDI (Economist, Moody's Analytics): Instead of a year of job growth that's insufficient to bring down unemployment - we'd still be hanging around 10 percent for the year - this will bring enough job growth to bring down unemployment in a meaningful way by year's end.
YDSTIE: Zandi says the package should add about one percentage point to the growth rate next year.
But Bob Williams of the Tax Policy Center says the package includes several items that will do little for growth.
Mr. BOB WILLIAMS (Tax Policy Center): Cutting the estate tax is not going to have any stimulative effect. Patching the alternative minimum tax one more year will not stimulate the economy. Maintaining the Bush tax cuts for high-income individuals will not stimulate the economy.
YDSTIE: That's because high-income taxpayers are much more likely to save their tax cut than spend it, says Williams.
There's much more to the report and you can use the link to read it or listen to it but I wanted to offer a snippet that was pro and con. I am firmly against what Barack's signed off on but you decide for yourself.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday: