Mid-Week Mid-Morning Reads

Here is some midweek reading:

• What’s Wrong With America’s Job Engine? (WSJ)
• The Virtues of Free Markets? Not what you think (Freakonomics) see also S.E.C. Removes Credit Ratings From Regulations (Deal Book)
• Three signs that investors are getting nervous about a possible U.S. default (Washington Post) see also Companies Bracing for U.S. Default (WSJ)
• Downgrade Jitters (Aleph Blog)
• Lessons From the Malaise (NYT)
Civil War: GOP Coalition Splinters Into Open Conflict Over Debt Ceiling (Talking Points Memo) see also Bernanke May Need to Stay ‘Above Politics’ in Standoff Over Debt Ceiling (Bloomberg)
• Is America Doomed? (BBC) (Short answer: Probably not)
• The return of a zero-sum world (Salon) see also Kipling’s game theory lessons for Greece (FT)
WTF? Soldiers battle car dealers over inflated prices, loan terms (I Watch)
• Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas (Science Blog)

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