John B. Judis

Kevin Phillips, ex-populist.
May 22, 2006

Kevin Phillips's American Theocracy has hovered near the top of the bestseller list this spring. It is suffused with indignation at what George W. Bush and his father have done to the Republican Party and the United States: "[O]ver three decades of Bush presidencies, vice presidencies, and CIA directorships, the Republican party has slowly become the vehicle of ...

NOAA's Flood
February 20, 2006

John B. Judis on the politicization of climate science after the 2005 hurricane season

NOAA's Flood
February 20, 2006

On November 29, top officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which includes the National Weather Service, held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to sum up this year’s disastrous hurricane season. The first question from a reporter was one the press had been asking since Hurricane Katrina reached land three months before: “I was wondering if one of you can talk about what extent, if any, global warming may have played in the storms this year?” NOAA’s chief hurricane forecast scientist, Gerry Bell, stepped forward to answer.

NOAA'S Flood
February 20, 2006

On November 29, top officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which includes the National Weather Service, held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to sum up this year’s disastrous hurricane season. The first question from a reporter was one the press had been asking since Hurricane Katrina reached land three months before: “I was wondering if one of you can talk about what extent, if any, global warming may have played in the storms this year?” NOAA’s chief hurricane forecast scientist, Gerry Bell, stepped forward to answer.

Border Wars
January 16, 2006

A battered yellow school bus rumbles up a bumpy dirt road on the outskirts of Sasabe, a small Mexican town just over the border from Arizona. At the top of the hill, the bus winds around brick and mud huts. Ragged children stand in the doorways, and emaciated dogs forage for scraps. The bus passes dented pickups and old cars without wheels and stops in a dusty clearing, where it disgorges about 40 teenagers dressed in blue jeans and carrying small knapsacks. One boy’s t-shirt features a picture of Che Guevara. A girl’s pale blue top says ADORABLE in sequined letters.

The fight over immigration is a fight over identity.
January 16, 2006

A battered yellow school bus rumbles up a bumpy dirt road on the outskirts of Sasabe, a small Mexican town just over the border from Arizona. At the top of the hill, the bus winds around brick and mud huts. Ragged children stand in the doorways, and emaciated dogs forage for scraps. The bus passes dented pickups and old cars without wheels and stops in a dusty clearing, where it disgorges about 40 teenagers dressed in blue jeans and carrying small knapsacks. One boy's t-shirt features a picture of Che Guevara. A girl's pale blue top says adorable in sequined letters.

The Republican bid to suppress minority turnout.
January 16, 2006

Over the last 14 months, Republicans have backed bills and initiatives in Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Indiana, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Ohio that would require voters to present special kinds of identification at polling places or in order to register. These sorts of requirements inordinately affect black, Latino, and Native American voters.The Bush administration is supposed to monitor changes in the voting laws to see if they accord with the Voting Rights Act.

Border War
January 15, 2006

John B. Judis: What Arizona teaches us about immigration in America.

The exurbs aren't all Republican.
November 21, 2005

San Ramon, California If California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had support anywhere for his initiatives, it would have been in a place like this one. A town of 50,000 on the edge of suburban Contra Costa County, San Ramon is represented in Congress by Republican Richard Pombo and is home to the Chevron Corporation.

Tom DeLay's ties to Roy Blunt.
November 07, 2005

These are not the best of times for Tom DeLay. Accused of illegally funneling corporate contributions to Texas state candidates, the Houston representative has been forced to resign his position as majority leader and faces continued ethical and legal fallout from his association with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But, back in the summer of 2000, Tom DeLay was on top of the world.At the Republican convention in Philadelphia that August, no one outdid DeLay, who was the party whip at the time, and his chief deputy, Missouri Representative Roy Blunt.

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