>David J. Rothkopf, on ForeignPolicy.com: ‘It’s official: Obama creates more czars than the Romanovs: ‘With [the] naming of Border Czar Alan Bersin, the Obama administration has by any reasonable reckoning passed the Romanov Dynasty in the production of czars.
The Romanovs ruled Russia from 1613 with the ascension of Michael I through the abdication of Czar Nicholas II in 1917. During that time, they produced 18 czars. … In addition to Bersin, we have energy czar Carol Browner, urban czar Adolfo Carrion, Jr., infotech czar Vivek Kundra, faith-based czar Joshua DuBois, health reform czar Nancy-Ann DeParle, new TARP czar Herb Allison, stimulus accountability czar Earl Devaney, non-proliferation czar Gary Samore, terrorism czar John Brennan, regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, and Guantanamo closure czar Daniel Fried. We also have a host of special envoys that fall in the czar category including AfPak special envoy Richard Holbrooke, Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell, special advisor for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia Dennis Ross, Sudan special envoy J. Scott Gration and climate special envoy Todd Stern. That’s 18.
‘The cover of the new ECONOMIST has a teaser line, ‘Hating Obama: a trap for the right’: ‘Obama derangement syndrome … The president is driving some people mad. That may be to his advantage in the short term … Bush-hatred eventually spread from a molten core of leftists to set the cultural tone of the country. But Obama-hatred could just as easily do the opposite and brand all conservatives as a bunch of Obama-hating cranks.’
Time cover is a Mason jar of coins – ‘THE NEW FRUGALITY: The recession has changed more than just how we live. It’s changed what we value and what we expect – even after the economy recovers,’ by Nancy Gibbs: ‘[W]e’re stripping down and starting over. A platoon of Time reporters and pollsters fanned out to every corner of the country to measure-anecdotally and empirically-what’s changed in the way we set our priorities and spend our money since the Great Recession began. Most people think the pain will be lasting and the effects permanent … A consumer culture invites us to want more than we can ever have; a culture of thrift invites us to be grateful for whatever we can get. So we pass the time by tending our gardens and patching our safety nets and debating whether, years from now, this season will be remembered for what we lost, or all that we found.’
QUINN BRADLEE ON CBS WEBCAST AT 2 P.M. ET TODAY: ‘This week’s featured guests on CBSNews.com’s weekly webcast WASHINGTON UNPLUGGED are Congressman Bobby Rush and Congressman Chris Smith, who will discuss US relations with Cuba. Slate Magazine’s Chief Political Correspondent John Dickerson will be sitting in for regular anchor Bob Schieffer and will be joined by New York Times Washington Bureau Chief David Sanger and Heritage Foundation Senior Associate Fellow David Asher where they will discuss North Korea’s decision to pull out of disarmament talks.
The show will also feature an interview with Quinn Bradlee, who is author of ‘A Different Life’ where he will discuss growing up as the son of famous parents, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and journalist Sally Quinn. WASHINGTON UNPLUGGED is a 15-minute weekly Webcast on Fridays at 2:00 PM, ET.’