Michael Kinsley

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Never Stood a Chance
August 23, 2013

Microsoft announced today that Steve Ballmer is stepping down as CEO some time in the next year, and you gotta feel sorry for the guy. In the theatre, they say: Never follow an act involving children.

A Q&A With Jill Abramson
August 19, 2013

The Times' top editor on Mean Bosses, Liberal Biases, and the Demise of the Washington Post

My Plan for the National Tribune
August 19, 2013

Because competition is healthy. 

What Anthony Weiner Didn't Say
July 24, 2013

NEW YORK—At a hastily called news conference, former Rep.

House Republicans Will Rot for Cutting Food Stamps From the Farm Bill
July 15, 2013

Almost exactly ten years ago, I was on an airplane, and had the good luck to be seated next to a very distinguished, highly regarded United States senator. (Hi ho the glamorous life!) This man was a senator of the sort that they don’t make anymore.

The Washington Post Wants Snowden's Leaks to Stop, But It Won't Stop Publishing Them
July 02, 2013

“Plug these leaks,” says the improbable print headline over this morning’s lead editorial in the Washington Post.

The Supreme Court Will Regret Wading Back Into Affirmative Action
June 26, 2013

The last time the Supreme Court took a crack at affirmative action was ten years ago, in Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger. Grutter and Gratz left a trail of confused logic and irrelevancy.

Interns, the 13th Amendment, and Me
June 14, 2013

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a film company, Fox Searchlight, should have paid its interns instead of expecting them to work for free.

If Snowden's Such a Bad Guy, What Are You
June 13, 2013

Whatever gave Edward Snowden the idea that he could decide for himself what National Security Agency documents and data could be made public?