Explosions off in the distance:

— In my experience it’s true; it’s easier to achieve goals by keeping them secret.

— The long shock.

— Combining Ann Friedman‘s suggestion with mine from this morning, maybe after the election Michelle Rhee can persuade her husband to move to Washington and run for mayor here.

— In defense of propping up housing prices.

— I’m not sure we really ever did conduct proper stress tests of the banks.

— I’ll be on Virtually Speaking tomorrow evening.

For the Chosen People, Death Cab for Cutie, “The New Year”.