Need To Read: October 13, 2009

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Today’s must-reads:

  • The Chamber of Carbon Commerce is really not that big [Mother Jones]
  • Robert Reich’s bold idea: Obama should promise a stronger climate bill… and wait until after Copenhagen to push it through the Senate [TAPPED]
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs bills to establish a Harvey Milk day and acknowledge gay marriages performed in other states [SF Chronicle]
  • Goldman CEO, having profited mightily from opacity, now favors financial transparency [FT op ed]
  • Baucus’ spokesman describes AHIP’s predictably unfavorable audit of the reform bill as “a health insurance company hatchet job, plain and simple” [Kevin Drum]
  • More on the media’s phoney “inter-generational war” in health care reform meme [MoJo]
  • The WaPo editorial page comes out in favor of the weak Patriot Act reforms
  • The naked-image security scanner: Coming soon to an airport near you? [Guardian]
  • Five ways you’re being secretly monitored [Cracked]
  • People feel “anxious” when they’re cut off from the Internet [Telegraph]
  • File under “Things Not Worth +$300”: A blade-less fan [Wired Gadget Lab]
  • Finally, Michael Jackson’s new song was actually old…and not his [Reuters]

Nick Baumann and I posts pieces like these throughout the day on twitter. You should follow him and me for more must-reads. David Corn, Mother Jones’ DC bureau chief, also tweets. So do my colleagues Daniel Schulman, Rachel Morris, Kate Sheppard and our editors-in-chief, Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein. Follow them too! (The magazine’s main account is @motherjones.)

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