Daily Archives: October 10, 2012

IMF headquarters in Washington. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Yesterday, I was all “the emerging markets have a point about running the IMF”. Read more

In parliament on Tuesday, Australia’s prime minister, Julia Gillard, launched into a lacerating tirade against the leader of the opposition, accusing him of misogyny and hypocrisy.  Read more

Here’s today’s food for thought:


In his latest Note from the Heartland, John McDermott meets Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, a strident campaigner against illegal immigration.  Read more

Big Bird has made an unexpected appearance in the election (Getty)

Big Mo or Big Bird? For those pundits who weren’t talking about outsized avian children’s characters, it was another day of obsessing about the polls and Mitt Romney’s momentum.

The dissection of a flock of polls by Nate Silver in the New York Times‘ FiveThirtyEight blog offered little comfort to President Barack Obama’s camp as it tried to limit the surge in support his Republican opponent gained from last week’s debate in Colorado.

Silver said he was waiting for further evidence from state and national surveys, “but we are ready to conclude that one night in Denver undid most of the advantage Mr. Obama had appeared to gain in September”. Read more