John B. Judis

Golden Daze
October 12, 2009

I hesitate to recommend a play that only those who live in or are visiting Washington D.C. can see. Be that as it may, if you are here, consider a trip to the Shakespeare Theater to see Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist. Jonson is my favorite of the Elizabethans.

Trouble in Beantown
September 29, 2009

A month-old labor dispute in Boston has taken a curious twist. It began when on August 31, a hundred housekeepers at three Hyatt hotels in Boston were fired and replaced by workers from a Georgia company, Hospitality Staffing Solutions. The housekeepers, some of whom had worked for Hyatt for over twenty years, were making between $14 and $16 an hour plus health, dental, and 401(k) benefits. Their replacements were to make $8 an hour with no health benefits.

Job One
September 22, 2009

The only way Obama can pull his presidency back from the brink.

More on Japan and Democracy
September 01, 2009

I got a message about Karel van Wolferen's comments from Tag Murphy, the author of The Weight of the Yen.  Tag adds the economic dimension to van Wolferen's argument: I completely agree with what Karel wrote.

More Than The Prince, A Reporter
August 18, 2009

Unlike Isaac Chotiner, I rarely watched Robert Novak (or any of the other instant experts) on television, but I read his and Rowland Evans' column since at least the early 1970s. Let me put in a word here for Novak the columnist rather than the media "prince of darkness." Novak came into column-writing as a journalist, and his columns were almost always based on reporting as well as opinion, so you could learn something from reading him whatever you thought of his political opinions.

Jon Cohn For President
August 12, 2009

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Jonathan Cohn www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorMeryl Streep Jon Cohn is too modest to plug his own appearance last night on the Colbert Show, so I'll do it for him. The health care debate in this country has become completely screwball. To the right wing and their covert allies in the insurance industry, it's about death panels. To the Washington Post editorial page, it is entirely about how big the deficit will be in 2015.

Jon Cohn For President
August 12, 2009

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Jonathan Cohn www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorMeryl Streep   Jon Cohn is too modest to plug his own appearance last night on the Colbert Show, so I'll do it for him. The health care debate in this country has become completely screwball. To the right wing and their covert allies in the insurance industry, it's about death panels. To the Washington Post editorial page, it is entirely about how big the deficit will be in 2015.

The World According To Clive Crook
August 10, 2009

This is not the first time I’ve had my doubts about Clive Crook as an economics columnist. I had a debate with Crook in 1997 about the benefits of economic globalization. I had misgivings; Crook did not. “Growing economic interdependence,” he wrote, “is on balance an enormously good thing.” Four months later, the Asian financial crisis hit. And look at the world economy today, plagued by currency imbalances and excess capacity in key industries. Now Crook, who is a featured columnist for The Financial Times, is back at it again. He is advising American President Barack Obama to raise taxes.

Red Letter Appointment
August 10, 2009

I finally have a friend in high places. Last week, President Barack Obama announced that he is appointing Ruth Goldway, who has served on the Postal Regulatory Commission since 1998, to be its chair. And I have to say that it’s a good appointment. Ruth, known years ago as the mayor of the People’s Republic of Santa Monica, has been a voice for reform on the commission.

Education 101
August 02, 2009

Excellent story in the Washington Post today about an experiment in Harlem to create not just an alternative schools, but an alternative community around the schools, and it seems to be working. It bears out the view that the problems in schools that cater to kids from foster homes or low income homes with single mothers can't be solved simply by getting better principals or teachers. The Obama administration has put money in its budget to try to replicate the Promise Academies elsewhere. --John B. Judis

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