The Global Race

Over at TPM Cafe’s Book Club today, Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids In The World, questions Obama’s claim from last night’s State of the Union speech that America is “better positioned” than any other country: “It was the kind of rhetoric you’d hear 20 years ago and not think twice. (In fact, President Bill Clinton used the exact same line in a 1995 speech, right after he praised this wonderful thing call the Internet.) But at this particular moment in time, that bold claim did make me think twice. Is Obama right?”

Don’t forget to join us for an author chat with Ripley this Friday at noon. (sub. req.)