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Morning Reading

Scott Jagow Sep 8, 2009

Good morning. Hope you had a great holiday weekend, but now it’s back to work. From the sorry history of America’s debt to women playing professional football in lingerie, I’ve found a little bit of everything this morning:

A year after Lehman, Wall Street’s acting like Wall Street again (Allan Sloan/Washington Post)

The sorry tale of America’s Out-of-Control spending (The American) Good piece on the history of our indebtedness by historian John Steele Gordon

A review of Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story (Time):

At the end Moore says, “I refuse to live in a country like this — and I’m not leaving.” But this call to arms demands more than a ringleader; it requires a ring, an engaged citizenry who are mad enough not to take it any more. That’s unlikely to happen. Moore’s films are among the top-grossing documentaries in history because they are pertinent populist entertainments. The question remains: will Capitalism: A Love Story rouse the rabble to revolt? Or will audiences sit appreciatively through the movie, then go home and play the cat-in-the-toilet video?

More American capitalism: The Lingerie Football League kicks off (NBC)

Here comes the coconut water (NPR)

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