— "The surprising truth is that from the start of his presidency, Mr. Obama has planned a steep decrease in discretionary spending as a share of national income."

— "Not everybody is cut out for the job. A diver cannot be claustrophobic or antisocial, because he must spend much of his time in a tiny sealed capsule with several other divers."

— "Bostrom attracts an unusual amount of press attention for a professional philosopher, in part because he writes a great deal about human extinction."

— "But as it turns out, actually figuring out an appropriate marijuana tax policy is more complicated than it sounds."

— "For every Judith Miller, the ex–New York Times reporter who would sometimes quote her live-in lover, former Representative and Defense Secretary Les Aspin, there are dozens of female journalists for whom the power of appropriations is not an aphrodisiac."