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What bin Laden Cost Us

National Journal has just published a fine and deeply depressing piece about the toll bin Laden has taken on the US economy. It’s a necessary counterpoint to all the chest thumping of the past week. .

Reading it, I couldn’t help but think of the comment from the fellow out in Washington state who would not shave his beard until bin Laden was killed or captured: “No one really won,” he said, newly shaven. “Everybody’s been hurt in all of this.”


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Close Call in NOLA

New Orleans escaped disaster this time—just—but once again “Is the city worth it?” stories are circulating. Only politics and weather will determine that. For now, a lot of folks seem committed to staying, whatever the future brings. Still, even long time residents are having doubts—and who can blame them? I’ve read a lot of great stuff on NOLA, one of my favorite places, but this piece by LA Times journalist Richard Fausset, a native, is incredibly touching. American newspapers don’t often let their reporters ruminate in the first person, but Fausset’s meditations on his parents, NOLA diehards, say a lot about what it means to live on in this wonderful, troubled city.


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