Obviously, the main roundup point is that it’s September 11, ten years after. I wrote a personal reflection about my 9-11 experience five years ago. I see no need to revise it. I’ll be spending the evening of 9-11 experiencing the joy of The National and Neko Case.

• On the effects of 9-11 on public policy, I think Spencer Ackerman sums it up nicely. We choose to react to terrorism with policies that send American boys and girls into foreign countries, that send wiretaps into American homes, that send communications data into massive vacuums mined for clues at the NSA. We can just as easily choose now to, and that starts by choosing not to be terrorized. More people die accidentally in their bathrooms or from walking down the street at an inopportune time than will ever die of terrorism. The change of mindset this would require is simply a change in our politics.

• Seems to me that, to the extent there was an effort by the forces of terrorism to make a big splash on the anniversary of 9-11, it was at a NATO base in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, where 77 Americans were wounded and five died in a truck bombing. So that’s a reminder that the ability to project power for Al Qaeda or its sympathetic colleagues is limited to an area where US troops are massed in foreign countries. And, I don’t know, leaving that country would make such an effort impossible.

• Everyone’s talking about Paul Krugman’s stemwinder about the hijacking of 9-11 to sow disunity. I think the stronger insight this weekend was his self-reflection on the potential corruption from receiving the blueprint for the Obama jobs plan a few hours early.

• The break-in to the Israeli embassy in Cairo by Egyptian protesters is a big story that has been largely neglected in US media, outside of perfunctory coverage in the New York Times and McClatchy. Issandr El Amrani at The Arabist believes the revolution’s “positive energy — the desire for better governance, greater democracy and a more dignified foreign policy — is being dissipated.” Juan Cole looks at the incident in the light of the struggle between the Egyptian New Left and the interim military government.

• We could see something like a repatriation tax holiday soon, even though the last one did approximately nothing for economic growth and just ensured that more profits would be stowed overseas until the next amnesty.

• Moammar Gadhafi’s son Saadi was with the traveling convoy in Niger. There are no plans to arrest him at this time.

• Meanwhile, the Libyan rebels cannot finish the job in loyalist strongholds like Bani Walid, and the persecution of anyone with dark skin under the assumption that they are working with the loyalists is not helping their international reputation.

• The Republican game plan on the American Jobs Act is to split it to pieces to make it more ineffective, and then claim the high road of bipartisan cooperation.

• I’d say the worry from Democrats about the top of the ticket in 2012 is long overdue. They should see the fundraising slump as a leading indicator, too.

• Chris Bowers is gathering a host of ideas on how the Preisdent can act on jobs without the input of Congress. It’s a much bigger list that you’ve been led to believe.

• More on one of those ideas, specifically the Fannie/Freddie refinancing option, from Binyamin Applebaum.

• Joe Nocera writes that banks are having a much easier time securing cheap lending than their customers, like job creating small businesses.

• A hurricane in northern Britain?

Hail to the Victors.

David Dayen

David Dayen

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