This one's got it all: ideas with stakes as high as the global economy, a 28-year-old grad student, a spreadsheet error, and of course, Stephen Colbert.

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  • 1:30-1:57: We get a depressing montage of American leaders using this study as foundation for policy.
  • 2:35-2:45: We meet their European counterparts.
  • 3:53: We meet the 28-year-old grad student who found the error ... in about 5 minutes.
  • 4:45: We learn what the data actually tells us.
  • 6:11: Colbert is, well, just being Colbert.
  • *Just to be clear: The spreadsheet error was the first in a series of mistakes made by professors Reinhart and Rogoff. For a more

    detailed analysis, check out Mike Konczal, who writes at Next New Deal.

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    No one I know loves wearing a mask. We all wish we didn't have to. But there are an awful lot of people saying they can't wear one, or they refuse to wear one because they've been led to believe that masks are somehow more dangerous than not wearing one. I've seen and read "information" on everything from masks depriving people of oxygen to masks causing CO2 build up to masks creating fungus problems.

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