This week in interesting reading

While we always try to share our favorite articles over Twitter and Facebook, this week we will begin including a weekly best-of list here on our blog.

There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show.
The Wire creator David Simon on the divide between rich and poor in America, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. Extract of a speech given at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney.

State of deception.
The New Yorker‘s Washington Correspondent Ryan Lizza on why President Obama won’t rein in the intelligence community.

Income inequality’s ripple effect.
Incoming Obama counselor John Podesta’s POLITICO Magazine opinion piece on how the yawning gap between rich and poor is hurting the economy.