#TCFBest says farewell to Ezra Klein as he leaves the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. Don’t fret: Klein’s morning policy news primer, Wonkbook, will continue to round up the latest policy journalism and graphs. An opinion editorial from Al Jazeera America poses the loaded question, “Do Syria and Iraq still exist?” New Republic breaks down a recent David Brooks column in the New York Times about “mistakes” made in early education.
Charting a move.
The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein says “so long” to Wonkblog and his morning news round-up Wonkbook. Klein’s final book features, among other things, inequality and income mobility in America (nothing’s changed in a half-century); Obamacare, the ongoing saga (the jury is still out on its effectiveness); the possibility of being pro-business and pro-climate (global warming strikes the bottom line); 2014’s fiscal forecast (100% chance of more budget talks); and why Detroit is seeking immigrants (to populate a dying city). Read between the lines at Wonkbook.
An op-ed by John Batchelor at Al Jazeera America suggests the breakdown of borders in the Middle East today. For Batchelor, the most important news coming from the region these days is “the birth of a new Arab state,” an Arab heartland (the Emirate of al-Jazira), where a border between Iraq and Syria no longer exists, Jordan remains bordered only by Israel, with Lebanon blending with Iraq and Syria. Essentially, nationalism is old news; this “new Emirate makes a mockery of the U.S. aim to negotiate a peace treaty to solve the Syrian civil war. Syria no longer exists.” Chart the progress at AJAM.
New Republic takes on early education after a New York Times editorial by commentator David Brooks passed much judgement on the impoverished and poverty’s effect on education. Brooks’ contradictory claim suggests better parenting at an early age is key, but that not enough funding is geared toward helping teenagers. New Republic doesn’t let Brooks slide: in fact, pre-K funding and access are at all time lows. We can’t put a bandaid on poverty to help students — poverty at its roots must be addressed. Read the “rich debate” at New Republic.