Today's Columns: Stock Market Dip

NYT: Paul Krugman writes that yesterday's stock-market dip was caused by three fears of U.S. investors: bad credit, the housing slump and high oil prices. He adds that "the economic expansion that began in 2001, while it has been great for corporate profits, has yet to produce any significant gains for ordinary working Americans. And now it looks as if it never will."

Plus ... Gail Collins on a recent study showing that if a close friend gains a significant amount of weight, you have a 171 percent greater chance of gaining weight, too.

LAT: Rosa Brooks condemns President Bush's executive order concerning the torture of suspected terrorists. The order's language is so broad, she argues, that it permits "the secret detention of, say, a man who sympathizes ideologically with the Taliban and might have overheard something useful in a neighborhood cafe, or of a 10-year-old girl whose older brother once trained with Al Qaeda."

WaPo: Eugene Robinson argues that Alberto Gonzales "has managed to do something no one else in Washington has managed in years: create a spirit of true bipartisanship." He adds: "After his pathetic act in front of the committee Tuesday, it's no surprise that Democrats are threatening to investigate him for perjury. But it was Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican, who looked Gonzo in the face and told him, 'I do not find your testimony credible, candidly.'"

Plus ... Michael Gerson on statistics showing that evangelical teenagers start having sex earlier than their mainline Protestant peers.

WSJ: From eastern Chad, Mia Farrow writes that the humanitarian crisis in the region that borders Darfur has become "a full-scale catastrophe in its own right." "Eastern Chad has been plunged into chaos and lawlessness," she reports. "In border towns, pick-up trucks outfitted with machine guns and loaded with armed, uniformed men careen through the dusty streets. No one knows who they are: the army, Chadian rebels, bandits? It makes little difference to the victims of the escalating violence."

Plus ... Shikha Dalmia on why the United States should not use Japan's healthcare system as a model for improving its own ... George Melloan on why immigrants should be allowed to fill jobs in the United States.

By Rob Anderson |  July 27, 2007; 9:04 AM ET
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