2-16-2010 The Day in Review

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Valerie Jarrett, Seen Here Possibly in Stanford Colors
Valerie Jarrett, a Stanford alum and senior advisor to Pres. Barack Obama is slated to [deliver](http://news.stanford.edu/news/2010/february15/valerie-jarrett-lecture-021610.html) the 2010 Drake Lecture at Stanford. [Some](http://blog.stanfordreview.org/2009/11/16/stanford-alums-criticize-obamas-jarrett/) alums may not be happy.

The Taliban’s #2 man, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was captured in Pakistan. Joshua Foust reacts.

Secy. of State Hillary Clinton gives Iran a stern talking-to.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) will not seek reelection. James Fallows calls him out.

Those leftist Canadians!

A big day of fighting in Afghanistan leaves 100 Taliban dead.

Radley Balko runs the numbers as to how many innocents are in American prisons.

Reihan Salam says nobody cares about bipartisanship.

George Packer criticizes coverage of politics for superficiality.

Christian magazine First Things says the jig is up for intelligent design.

Steve Coll prognosticates what’s next for the Taliban.

Tyler Cowen wants more cost/benefit analysis in the healthcare debate.

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Stanford Business School Professor of organizational behavior Jeffrey Pfeffer argues companies need to stop firing people.

ON THIS DAY:

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The Bizarrely Coiffed Kim Jong-il
In 1959, Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba.

Kim Jong-il was born in 1941. 69 years, and still nobody has told him how ridiculous that hair looks.

In the closest we could come in going for a brutal dictator trifecta, John V Palaiologos, Emperor of Byzantium died in 1391.

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