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As first act, out with Obamacare. Mitt Romney, USA Today. Tricky to extricate yourself from your most notable achievement. This reprinted article from 2006 in the Boston Globe--"Romney defends health plan to skeptical conservatives"--provides an interesting contrast. (I'll have more to say when I've read  Romney's much-anticipated Ann Arbor speech.)

History weeps at the partition of India and Pakistan. Michael Barone, Washington Examiner. A great and still-consequential mistake; if only history could be rewound.

Fukushima boosts green case for nuclear. Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, FT. Environmentalists must understand that turning away from nuclear means turning back to coal.

How to turn $100 trillion into five and feel good about it. Patrick McGroarty and Farai Mutsaka, WSJ. Hyper-inflated currency notes are collectibles, and may be worth as much as several dollars. A nice Wall Street Journal A-hed. (Forgive me if I have mentioned this before. The print WSJ displays the traditional A-hed on the front page. A fan of these diverting, eclectic, and well-researched stories, I used to read them most days. On the website, for some reason, the A-hed is hard to find. They live here, in a sub-tab under the dreaded "Life and Culture" tab. These days I rarely come across them. Shame.)

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