On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five United States service members. Having taken nearly seven years to reach the first 500 dead, the war killed the second 500 in fewer than two. A resurgent Taliban active in almost every province, a weak central government incapable of protecting its people and a larger number of American troops in harms way all contributed to the accelerating pace of death. –New York Times
The Track World: Marian Jones & Tyson Gay
• Tyson Gay ran a world best on Sunday, but it wasn’t on a traditional oval. Into a modest headwind, Gay ran 200 meters in 19.41 seconds at the Great City Games in Manchester, U.K. It was the fastest time ever run over that distance on a straight track.
• It may be time for disgraced sprinter Marion Jones to find a better day job. Jones made an unremarkable pro basketball debut on Saturday with the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, scoring no points in just over three minutes of action.
“When Washington Took on Wall Street” from Vanity Fair
Nearly 80 years ago, on Capitol Hill, Ferdinand Pecora forced J. P. Morgan Jr. and other “banksters” to reveal the corruption that had fueled the Great Depression—bringing shame on the financial industry and resulting in new laws to curb abuses. Today, with Republicans having threatened to block reform and Goldman Sachs fighting fraud charges, the author looks back at the Pecora Commission hearings, which riveted America, and asks why there is no comparable investigation now.