Today on the Dish, Andrew appreciated Bruce Bartlett's ballsy reason-following, warmed up a bit to New York City, reiterated the real-world incompatibility of Israeli settlements, and didn't buy Walter Russell Mead's dispassionateness about Gaza. In other Middle East coverage, Beinart grimaced at the Palestinian Authority's UN statehood bid, Sarah A. Topol reported on Gaza's many border tunnels, and we rounded up analysis of President Morsi's power grab in Egypt.
In political coverage, David Corn pointed out Obama's fiscal backbone, Eliza Gray let us see the GOP's Univision problem, Pareene did a postmortem on Campaign 2012's Twitter humor, and Rick Hertzberg did the math to unravel the House GOP's mandate claim. Meanwhile, readers shared the political views from their Thanksgivings, Surowiecki advocated for more infrastructure spending, Frum anticipated a changing Obama/GOP dynamic, and Mark Mazower took liberal intellectuals to task for ignoring controversial political theories. We also wondered about healthcare cost reductions via Obamacare, Lauren Sandler broke down the fertility divide between red and blue states, Rick Perlstein reflected on dishonest conservative leadership, and Bill McKibben highlighted the partial success of anti-coal environmentalism.
In assorted coverage, Benjamin Wallace-Wells thought through the ramifications of a possible end to the war on drugs, The Economist went over the dropping murder rate in Mexico, Mike Konczal worried about the high incarceration rates of black parents, and Radley Balko was encouraged by new police training on how to better handle pet dogs in the field. David P. Barash dug for the biological roots of homosexuality, William Langewiesche let us know what it was like to be in the French Foreign Legion, Daniel Siedell suggested the cause and effect of artists acting weird, and Randall Fuller championed the literary rebellion of Melville, Dickinson and others. Also, McArdle dismissed the Walmart strike, Rebecca Joines Schinsky took us to tumblr for some unhelpful Amazon product reviews, and Bilge Ebiri reality-checked the schemes of Bond-villains, while we looked forward to gamers becoming surgeons, traveled to Seville for the VFYW, watched a man's clothes drop in our MHB, and waited with our FOTD for a polluted-fish meal.
Extra-long Thanksgiving weekend wrap here.
(Photo: Egyptian Activists and April 6 movement members carry the coffin of Gaber Salah, a sixteen-year-old activist who died overnight after he was critically injured in clashes near Cairo's Tahrir Square last week, during his funeral at Tahrir square on November 26, 2012 in Cairo. Salah, a member of the April 6 movement known by his nickname 'Jika', was struck by birdshot in confrontations between police and protesters on Mohammed Mahmud street where he and others had been marking the first anniversary of previously deadly clashes. By Mahmud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images)