Welcome to the Politicus Pulse. Here are the links you need to see to get your day started off right. Consider this a cup of coffee for your mind.
What Obama Wants (NYT)
With the debt-ceiling talks including the prospect of huge spending cuts, progressives and Democrats are worried. Should they be? Yes.
Massey Energy’s Manmade Hellhole (Creators)
The official record book, which Massey and all other coal giants are required to keep for review by government inspectors, is filled with such rosy reports as “none observed.” But the true dangers at Upper Big Branch and other Massey mines have been secretly recorded in a set of internal books that executives kept sealed in the corporate closet.
Murdoch’s American Sins: Less Sensational, But More Dangerous (Attytood)
For more than three decades, as global press baron Rupert Murdoch amassed more and more power over both the journalism and the politics of the Western world — usually to the detriment of both — the question lingered in the air. What, if anything, could possibly bring down the empire of this turn-of-the-millennium Citizen-Kane-without-the-sled, a man who seemingly had the power to pick American presidents and collected British prime ministers as easily as Wingo cards on the way to fame and billions of dollars? Now, not long after Murdoch celebrated his 80th birthday, we may finally know the answer.
A Little More Revenue Could Go A Long Way (WaPo)
The progressive plan is the right plan.
Why is the Obama Economic Team Embracing Hooverism? (Rortybomb)
Why has the economic team basically bought the Hoover playbook lock, stock and barrel?
Dust Bowl Dance – Mumford & Sons