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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus
  FiveBooks interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]The Unpersuaded
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/yx74W9

Ezra Klein | New Yorker | 12 March 2012

"The power of the presidency is the power to persuade." Really? History
  suggests not. Public aren't any more persuaded by presidential rhetoric
  than opposition politicians. Trouble is, US system isn't set up for
  partisan politics [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/unpersuaded

[7]Financial Repression Has Come Back To Stay
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/ACv621

Carmen Reinhart | Bloomberg | 11 March 2012

"Given that deficit reduction usually involves highly unpopular
  spending cuts and/or tax increases, a 'stealthier' financial-repression
  tax may be a more politically palatable alternative." And one that may
  last for many years [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/financial-repression-has-come-back-stay

[9]The Wisdom Of The Ailing
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/xvCRr4

Ray Fisman | Slate | 12 March 2012

Why American health insurers don't want new customers with pre-existing
  conditions. Customers are usually already pretty well informed about
  the likely cost of their treament. Probably better informed than the
  insurer [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/wisdom-ailing

[11]Obama Betrayed Ideals On Israel
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/wA3Fs4

Peter Beinart | Newsweek | 12 March 2012

Adapted excerpt from Beinart's new book, bookended with commentary on
  Netanyahu's visit to Washington and talks over Iran policy. Obama caved
  to Israel on Palestinian issue, at price of peace. Next time, with
  Iran, price may be war [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obama-betrayed-ideals-israel

[13]Mario Draghi's Quiet Revolution
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/zMtea2

Paul Carrel | Reuters | 12 March 2012

On the European Central Bank chief with a seemingly impossible task.
  "Mario is very reserved," says one central banker. "He takes his time
  and listens carefully before making a decision. But when he does, he's
  all in" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mario-draghis-quiet-revolution

[15]Across The Two Sudans
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/y1m2Ev

Tim McKulka | BBC | 13 March 2012

Photographer Tim McKulka spent five years travelling to every state in
  the united Sudan – then Africa's biggest country. This engrossing and
  beautiful audio slideshow records some of what he saw [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/across-two-sudans

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Chris Livaccari on Language and Culture of China
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/chris-livaccari-on-language-and-culture-china

China covers a vast territory, and is far more ethnically and
  culturally diverse than many outsiders assume. So what does it mean to
  be Chinese? [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/chris-livaccari-on-language-and-culture-china

Featured Special Report

[19]Mitt Romney
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/mitt-romney

Slowly, he's clawing his way to the Republican nomination. But what
  makes the man who would be president tick? [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/mitt-romney

Reader Recommendations

@[21]ouning RT @[22]prospect_uk: To grasp the new spirit of China, you
  need to read its new generation of fiction writers [23]t.co/G93lLskv
  [24]#browsings [25]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/ouning
      22. http://twitter.com/prospect_uk
      23. http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/2012/02/the-key-to-china-literary-magazines-new-chinese-fiction-pathlight-chutzpah
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/smile-or-die-by-barbara-ehrenreich

[27]Smile or Die by Barbara Ehrenreich
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/smile-or-die-by-barbara-ehrenreich

[28]Elaine Fox says: “She has written a very critical overview of the
  positive thinking movement, which takes a sideswipe at a lot of the
  stuff you get in self-help books” [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/elaine-fox-on-optimism
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Daylight Saving Time Explained
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/daylight-saving-time-explained

Is the hassle of switching clocks twice a year worth it?
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Tony Judt, on democracy
    Links:
      32. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/mar/22/intellectuals-and-democracy

"Democracy has been the best defence against undemocratic
    alternatives, but it is not a defence against its own shortcomings"

[33]More quotes
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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