Obama lost, Obama found. John Heilemann, New York. "You'd have to be stone deaf not to hear the air hissing out of the Obama balloon." But perhaps it's not too late... A superb piece.

The Top 100 Global Thinkers. Foreign Policy. Infantile, but entertaining. Keep those lists coming. We need more lists.

Populism, politics, and the power of Sarah Palin. Sam Tanenhaus, The New Yorker.

Journalism and democracy. Nicholas Lemann, Chronicle of Higher Education. (Thanks A&L.)

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