Re: the news that most Americans think the stimulus money has been wasted, Yglesias is spot-on here: We do indeed "need elected officials and political operatives who are willing to take responsibility for the idea that they will be judged first and foremost on the basis of outcomes."

I'd add that fewer segments on the nightly news about water-skiing squirrels might be useful, too.

Because there are people who want to be informed, and aren't finding a way of getting good, succinct, digestible information anymore. I can't be the only person who does this for a living who has friends, or has had strangers upon learning of her job, who treat her like a jukebox that can play 45s explaining various issues in the news.

I don't mind doing it, but it seems like that's something The News used to do, before it started feverishly documenting the latest Brangelina sightings.

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