John B. Judis

Eve of Destruction
What it was like to oppose the Iraq War in 2003
March 18, 2013

What it was like to oppose the Iraq War in 2003.

Throw the Bums Out!
The populist moment in Europe and the United States
March 04, 2013

Why populists are dominating politics in Europe and the United States.

The Unlikely Celebrity of C. Everett Koop
As surgeon general, he infuriated the right and became famous
February 26, 2013

As Reagan's surgeon general, he took bold positions on AIDS and abortion and infuriated the right wing. 

Clueless in Gaza
New evidence that Bush undermined a two-state solution
February 19, 2013

George W. Bush's started a secret war on Hamas. Is Obama continuing it?

Hagel's Hell
Obama's Defense pick barely survives his Senate grilling
February 01, 2013

Obama's Defense pick barely survives his Senate grilling by John McCain and Ted Cruz.

Paul Krugman vs. Joseph Stiglitz
How income inequality could be slowing our recovery from the Great Recession
January 30, 2013

Given today’s report of economic contraction, it’s worth tuning in to a recent debate between liberal economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman.

"We the People": The Sleight of Hand at the Heart of Obama's Second Inaugural
January 21, 2013

The phrase "We the People" has divided the country since the original debate over the Constitution.

Don't Believe What Today's GOP Says About the Foreign Policy "Mainstream"
January 10, 2013

When Barack Obama nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense, I assume that he knew what he was getting into. The debate over Hagel’s nomination won’t be about whether he is qualified to run the Pentagon and to negotiate budgets with Congress, but about Hagel’s views on Israel and Iran. Initially, some of Hagel’s critics charged that he was an anti-Semite. But these charges rightfully met with derision.

Obama Wasn't Rolled. He Won!
January 03, 2013

It is tempting, in view of Barack Obama’s re-election, to look back on his first term as a rousing success, but it was not. Obama got his initial stimulus and his healthcare bill, but he made political errors in the first two years that helped Republicans retake the House and a majority of governorships in a crucial redistricting year. And in 2011, he made back-room concessions on the budget that seriously imperiled the economic recovery. So I still don’t share Jon Chait’s halcyon view of the Obama presidency.  But Obama learned from the difficulties of his first term.

The Civil War Endures in the Fiscal Cliff Fight
January 02, 2013

If you look at the House Republican vote, you find regional divisions that mirror the Red-Blue divisions in the national electorate. All in all, 85 Republicans voted for the Senate resolution and 151 voted against it. The opposition was centered in the Old South. Southern Republicans opposed the measure by 83 to 10. The delegations from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina were unanimously opposed.

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