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1. Harvard Center Announces Reporting Prize Finalists (Jones) The New York Times
2. Skyscrapers As Spaceships (Glaeser) Reason
3. Analysis: Wall St. cash flows to Romney over Obama (Parker) Reuters
4. Peace in our times? (Nye, Toft, Walt) Harvard Gazette
5. Israel's profound choice on Iran (Freilich) Los Angeles Times
Harvard Center Announces Reporting Prize Finalists
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The sponsors of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting announced six finalists Wednesday.
They are print, television, radio and online journalists, the sponsors said.
"Powerful investigative reporting is one of the nation's greatest resources, and it is heartening to see such journalism, produced at the highest level, over so many platforms," said Alex S. Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, which awards the prize.
The winner will receive a $25,000 award at a ceremony March 6. The other finalists win $10,000.
Skyscrapers As Spaceships
…Indeed, perhaps the only thing in 20th century New York that grew faster than its skyscrapers—which were governed by no fixed maximum height limit as long as they observed “setback” rules designed to reduce the shadows they cast on their environs—was its zoning code. As Harvard economist Edward Glaeser notes in the March 2011 issue of The Atlantic, city officials amended the code more than 2,500 times from 1916 to 1961, ultimately expanding it into a 420-page document that divided New York into “13 types of residential district, 12 types of manufacturing district, and no fewer than 41 types of commercial district.”
Analysis: Wall St. cash flows to Romney over Obama
The captains of Wall Street have picked a presidential candidate for 2012 and it is Republican Mitt Romney, rather than Democratic President Barack Obama, campaign donation records show. …
Even after the 2008 financial crisis and the 2010 passage of the Dodd-Frank laws that put new restrictions on the banks and markets, "the power of Wall Street in Washington is unmitigated," said Richard Parker, a public policy lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Peace in our times?
A bloody uprising in Syria. A seemingly endless insurgency in Afghanistan. A savage civil war in Libya. A terrorist attack in Iraq. It is not difficult, University Distinguished Service Professor Joseph Nye said in introducing the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Monday, to compile from the headlines a list of current wars and conflagrations.
But the panel, assembled under the title “Is War on the Way Out?,” was there to discuss the oddly counterintuitive notion that violence, among both individuals and states, is on the wane, or at least on a downward trajectory.
Israel's profound choice on Iran
In the end it will come down to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His senior officials will make their cases, but he alone will have to make one of the most critical decisions in Israel's history: whether to attack Iran's nuclear program. I do not envy him.
There has been much media speculation lately about possible Israeli military action, largely from those who have never borne the crushing weight of momentous national decisions. Israel has made many controversial decisions over the decades, some mistaken. One thing that cannot be said is that it has taken major military action lightly. Rarely if ever have the stakes been higher.
Michael Semple, Carr Center