Today's topics: British election, terrorist rights, Greece, New Jersey, Ground Zero and Muslims
1. Britain's two-party coalition: model of pragmatic, post-ideological government
From the Guardian: "So now we embark on a new politics. The generation I belong to, steeped in ideology and partisan commitment, is passing away. My own vision was one of equality and social justice advanced by state action. The new politics is pragmatic, innovative, suspicious of state power, and holds to values rather than dogmas."
2. US law enforcement needs better legal tools against terrorists
From The Washington Post: "The attorney general has said that he wants to work with Congress to give authorities more flexibility on Miranda, but what authorities really need is broader: greater flexibility in the rules that govern the first several days of these crisis cases – rules that give the executive some time and room to maneuver before it has to make fateful decisions."
3. Europe may be all the better for the Greek crisis
From the San Francisco Chronicle: "The crisis seems to be spurring the European Union to fine-tune its institutions for the better....It's possible that one day we will look back at this time and realize it was a seminal moment in the further formation of the European Union."
4. New Jersey's governor is a model of fiscal responsibility
From The Hill: "Christie is tackling the nation’s worst state deficit — $10.7 billion of a $29.3 billion budget. In doing so, Christie has become the politician so many Americans crave, one willing to lose his job."
5. At New York's Ground Zero, peaceful Muslims also need a presence
From the New York Daily News: "The planned construction of an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero would be a testimony to who we are as a nation. What better way to rededicate this ground than to build a community center and mosque where peace-loving Muslims can gather and pray in the country and city they love?"