If life really were like high school, Barack Obama would so be frozen out of the cool kids' table in the cafeteria right now. And Time's Halperin would probably the one talking trash and making sure Obama remained on the outs.
Rather than focus on the substance of the leaked diplomatic cables, American journalists tend to either frame the story as being about the "over-classification" of documents or the personal motivations and private life of Julian Assange.
Time magazine columnist Joe Klein got it wrong when he said that the stock market's slump proves that "privatizing" Social Security was a bad idea. This is like saying that losing your job proves that jobs are a bad idea.
By making Waiting For Superman, Guggenheim should assume responsibility for the reforms he's pressing. I don't doubt his earnestness, but his recommendations are vague and can promote untested, potentially dangerous initiatives.