Alec MacGillis
Senior Editor

Obama Is Right to Mess With Texas
July 26, 2013

Pro-tip: When you win a big court case giving you the go-ahead to suppress voter turnout for your political opponents, don’t gloat about it.

What the Chris Christie-Rand Paul Ruckus Really Means
July 26, 2013

The political press is abuzz over what sure looks like one of the first clashes of the Republican Party's 2016 primary season.

Richard Florida Flip-Flops on Detroit
July 24, 2013

In the depths of the Great Recession, in the early spring of 2009, as the country was scrambling for ways to stop a seemingly bottomless plunge, the economic development guru Richard Florida weighed in with a high-profile prescription on the cover of

Anthony Weiner Makes the New York Times Look Silly
July 23, 2013

As the world now knows, excerpts have emerged online today purporting to be further racy exchanges between New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and women he was sexting with on the Internet.

All Aboard the Nate Silver Bandwagon!
July 23, 2013

It’s been a marvel these past few days, watching Washington players who mocked or dismissed prognosticator extraordinaire Nate Silver rushing to get on his right side, even as some act as if they never questioned him to begin with.

HUD to Detroit: We're Closed, Come Back Tomorrow
July 22, 2013

It's the start of a new week after the bombshell Thursday that Detroit, Michigan—once the fourth-biggest city in the country—announced that it is filing for bankruptcy, making it the largest American city ever to do so.

The Four Dumb Things People Are Saying About Detroit
July 19, 2013

As if the news that a major American city is headed into bankruptcy isn’t bad enough, we now also must contend with an inevitable byproduct: inane, ungrounded commentary on Detroit’s decline.

Boston's Wicked Lame Reaction to the Rolling Stone Cover
July 18, 2013

Last week, the New York Times ran a big story above the fold on the front page raising serious questions about the failure of Massachusetts authorities to scrutinize Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the Sept.

We've Had Our Conversation on Race. Now We Need One On Guns.
July 16, 2013

Of course the George Zimmerman trial was about race, and it’s natural for us to spend the days after the verdict deliberating that in all its particulars.

The Real Reason Why Republicans Folded on the Filibuster
July 16, 2013

The constitutional crisis du jour has been averted.