John B. Judis
Throw the Bums Out!
March 04, 2013
Why populists are dominating politics in Europe and the United States.
The Unlikely Celebrity of C. Everett Koop
February 26, 2013
As Reagan's surgeon general, he took bold positions on AIDS and abortion and infuriated the right wing.
Clueless in Gaza
February 19, 2013
George W. Bush's started a secret war on Hamas. Is Obama continuing it?
February 01, 2013
Obama's Defense pick barely survives his Senate grilling by John McCain and Ted Cruz.
Paul Krugman vs. Joseph Stiglitz
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.
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.
Obama's Tax Hikes Won't Be Nearly Big Enough
December 28, 2012
Republicans want to reduce the size of the federal government, and they won’t take no for an answer. “I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub,” Grover Norquist famously declared. And in negotiations over the fiscal cliff, they have insisted on cutting spending rather than raising taxes. “The President wants to pretend that spending isn’t the problem,” House Speaker John Boehner has complained. Democrats, for their part, have responded defensively.