Before heading off to a Lenten Writers Group session, I’ll offer a few reads I didn’t get around to giving the fully bloggy treatment:

* In a new paper for the Progessive Policy Institute, Anka Lee explores America’s stake in stronger rights for China’s workers.

* Speaking of China, Monthly intern Siyu Hu notes today at College Guide that complaints from the majority Han ethnic group are leading to a review of university affirmative action policies in that country, just as the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the same subject.

* Mitt Romney, bless his little heart, brags that he and his wife own not one, not two, but four American vehicles, including “a couple of Cadillacs.”

* Hollywood Lobby poohbah Chris Dodd extends “olive branch” to Silicon Valley after industry’s drubbing on SOPA/PIPA.

* Herman Cain says he “loved” Pete Hoeckstra’s borderline-racist Super Bowl ad, calls for more like it.

* Rep. Darrell Issa to headline kickoff banquet at this weekend’s California Republican State Convention. Unclear whether it’s a stag dinner.

This weekend we are featuring a new Guest Blogger: Matthew Zeitlin, a very bright young man who has contributed to The Daily, The New Republic, and The Atlantic, and is currently a senior at Northwestern University. Please give him a warm welcome.

I’ll see you next week.


Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.