-- George Packer’s New Yorker comment on the debt ceiling is pitch perfect.

-- Paul Campos on Grover Norquist and the metaphysics of taxes.

-- Marxist Socialist jokes.

-- Shocker from Gallup: “Basic lack of money remains Americans' foremost financial concern”

-- Why Newt Gingrich’s latest is the “most inaccurate, least intellectual book about our nation’s past” that Michael Kazin has ever read