1-20-2010 The Day in Review

![Aww, shucks, Gav!](http://news.stanford.edu/news/2008/march19/gifs/newsom_vt.jpg)
Aww, shucks, Gav!
George Packer [tries to explain](http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/georgepacker/2010/01/one-year-obama-pays-the-price.html) Obama’s mistakes in his first year.

Political Science Prof. Gary Segura testifies at the Prop. 8 trial.

Is Tiger in rehab? The National Enquirer says he’s on the Gentle Path to recovery.

Will the Democrats still pass a healthcare bill? Of courseNot a chance!

Maureen Dowd plays the world’s tiniest violin for the late (politically speaking) Gavin Newsom, neglecting to mention the whole Ruby Rippey-Tourk thing.

Bankers laughing all the way to the, er, bank. They’ll be cashing in $64 billion in bonuses in 2010. More than last year, but less than 2008. That’s some serious restraint.

Jeff Jarvis explains why the New York Times’ plan to charge its readers in a metered system a la the Wall Street Journal is a terrible idea.

Look at all the pretty colors.

College: What’s the deal?

More linguistics: Hitch offers a partial defense of “like”

Ryan Sager takes a look at partisanship and genetics.

The Obama family donates $15,000 to Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.

Felix Salmon seconds Tyler Cohen’s ideas for helping Haiti.

In making it too easy news: Palin to campaign for Bachmann in Minnesota in April.

The Times of London classes up the joint by publishing something called “The day I decided to stop being gay.” It includes such gems as “Gays have children these days, of course they do, and not always to accessorise an outfit,” and that he was propelled into “a lifestyle, reinforced by a social milieu of flamboyant media gays. At the BBC, where I worked for seven years, homosexuality was very nearly compulsory.” Feel free to skip this one.

The Economist reports that Stanford invents computer to put price tag on priceless natural resources.


Daniel Mendelson on the history of the memoir


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"The Merrie Monarch"
Today marks the 29-year anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s inauguration. 20 minutes afterward, the 52 American hostages were released by the Iranian government.

Buzz Aldrin (1930) and Bill Maher (1956) share a birthday today.

The last King of Hawaii, David Kalakaua, died today in 1891 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

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