TNR LINKFEST….Why is The New Republic so frustrating? Because they run crank nonsense like this week’s “New New Deal” article with tiresome regularity, but at the same time they also run terrific pieces like Peter Scoblic’s cover story from last week about the Bush administration’s congenital inability to come to grips with nuclear terrorism; Franklin Foer’s fresh look at how Kenneth Tomlinson has turned the Voice of America and al-Hurra into bastions of Republican political correctness; and Ryan Lizza’s rundown of just who all those mysterious “sources close to the White House” really are.

All three of these pieces are well worth a few minutes of your time. You’ll just have to do your best to avert your gaze from this week’s cover story crackpotism while you’re there.