Marc Tracy

Staff Writer

mtracy@tnr.com

The Economist Was a Rock Star

Thomas Piketty isn’t just a brilliant economist; he’s a fantastic storyteller

French economist Thomas Piketty drew Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, and hundreds of eager fans when he appeared in New York City last night. It's because he has found the most compelling explanation yet for inequality.

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Paul Krugman’s 'Big' New Salary Doesn’t Make Him a Hypocrite

It doesn’t even make him that rich!

Paul Krugman will make $250,000 when joins City University of New York to work on inequality issues. Ironic? Nope, just the way things work.

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"Awarding a prize to a newspaper that covered a hurricane does not somehow vindicate the hurricane.”

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Matthew Weiner Is Overrated

The 'Mad Men' auteur's false advertising

 It’s not that “Mad Men” is bad. It’s just not nearly as good as most people say it is. 

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The New York mayor's accomplishments have been overshadowed by avoidable missteps with the media and in Albany.

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The Original Nate Silver Also Thinks Pundits Are 'Stupid'

Bill James on “moneyball” in 2014 and backward political thinking

In politics, he says, "People who are perceived as learned experts go on television and say stupid shit, and nobody says, 'Boy, that’s really stupid.'"

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Mitch McConnell Bleeds Red. Why Can’t He Admit It?

An only-in-Kentucky college basketball gaffe reveals the senator’s true problem

A Mitch McConnell web video accidentlly used Duke instead of Kentucky players. The superficial gaffe has become a huge political issue, and revealed deep truths about the Senate minority leader.

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In an historic ruling, Northwestern football players won the right to hold a vote on unionizing. They were ruled employees under federal law.

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A proposed class-action lawsuit for student athletes deserves to win—but it faces several hurdles.

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Washington football team owner made a fatal error in his latest effort to resist changing his team's name: He acknowledged the continued existence of Native Americans.

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