ALLEN AND HIS MOM. I believe the innocent possible explanation for this would be that Allen's mom thought he�d be mad because she had kept this a secret from him for so long, and he had been saying publicly what he thought was true -- that she wasn�t Jewish.
WHY WOULD A MAN STOP LOVING HIS MOTHER OVER SUCH A THING?George Allen's mother recalls the moment, last month, when she told her son that she was raised Jewish: "When I told Georgie, I said, 'Now you don't love me anymore.'" To his credit, Allen replied "Mom, I respect you more than ever." But is it not somewhat weird that Mrs. Allen would initially assume that her son would stop loving her over this? Makes you wonder.
POVERTY HEARTS NYC. All the way out there in New Yawk City, Mayor Mike Bloomberg is apparently getting serious about poverty. He's giving pay-for-responsibility policies a serious try, creating obvious and immediate financial incentives positive behavior among the poor. So folks will get paid for showing up to school, making medical appointments, getting good grades, and all the rest. It's an approach with pretty genuine promise and a long and successful track record. Richer folks, for instance, use it all the time. But they call it an allowance, and no one bats an eye.
"ARCANE." Ritual disclaimer: Keith Olbermann is a friend of mine, has been for years, ever since we were baby reporters in Boston and all the way through my ill-fated attempt to be hepcat enough to get hired by the embryonic ESPN 2.
ROTTEN EGGS. After those words of warning from Bossman Tomasky, Brother Pierce will no doubt take heart in an assessment of the president's speech delivered this afternoon at the very podium from which our commander-in-chief promised Bossman's neighbor to the people of Darfur.
THE PARTY OF MORE STUFF. I'm not sure whether this is funny or sad, but at the end of a David Leonhardtcolumn arguing that middle-class growth and improvement is deeply understated by the inflation rate, Leonhardt admits:
BUY THIS BOOK. Last week, Brookings held a great book launch event for Integrating Islam: Political and Religious Challenges in Contemporary France by Jonathan Laurence and Justin Vaisse. The book hit the Prospect�s office today, and it appears to be an exceedingly important read for anyone trying to understand how governments can help promote (or stunt) the integration process of Muslims immigrants to Europe.
EZRA -- STILL A WRITING FELLOW IN NEED. As we said yesterday, the Prospect depends on reader donations. Do consider helping out Ezra, the writing fellowship program, and the magazine with a donation.
UPDATE: Just to be clear: You'll notice Ezra's reading a plain, old dead-tree book in today's picture. Might he have been forced to sell his laptop due his dire financial situation? What's next, we ask you?
WATCH IT, PAL. Listen, Pierce: Andrew Natsios is my next-door neighbor. I�ve never met the man, but I consider an attack on him to be an attack on all of Woodside Park. And those rumors that he wants to build a $312 billion vehicular tunnel under Clement St. are just that!