Matthew Yglesias provides some helpful pointers to views on Treasury secretary-designate John Snow: The Economist, Slate, Josh Marshall, Robert Kuttner and Brad DeLong. Daniel Gross’s Slate piece provides the most piquant judgements and the best background. The opinions range from unhappy to undecided.
The New York Times provides a worrying perspective on the difficulties president-elect Lula is having in finding a new central banker. Latin America is going downhill economically (although Nicholas Kristof was a bit over the top in calling it the new Africa). A healthy Brazil, or at least a Brazil not plunging towards default, is critical for the whole region.
If you have problems with the Bush administration, you’ll enjoy this brilliant Flash animation.