I wish I got to take a month-long August recess:

— The case against congress’ summer vacation.

— Better corporate governance won’t stop your banking crisis.

— National security blogger extraordinaire Spencer Ackerman was a consultant on In The Loop and I’m really looking forward to seeing it.


— The next Supreme Leader?

— Burgeoning Kaus-Yglesias lovefest picks up steam. Note, for example, that this is right.

Better triangle parks needed; I agree, but like Lenin I think “better fewer, but better” is the most realistic route.

Song of the day, comes from Jay-Z, who’s not just a pretext for talking about international relations theory, with a new track (featuring Rihanna and Kanye West) “Run This Town”.