Noah Kristula-Green

Charter school advocates are understandably pleased with some recent news out of New York City. A new study has concluded that charters schools--a controversial innovation in public education--have a more positive effect on student test scores than do traditional public schools.


In the health care debate, there is no escape from Betsy McCaughey. In 1994, the tenacious policy wonk wrote an inaccurate TNR piece that killed Hillarycare; today she's the originator of the "death panels." But there's much, much more. As Michelle Cottle explains in her new profile of McCaughey, her rise from obscurity to the lieutenant governorship of New York was marked by sexual politics and class resentment befitting an East Coast version of Sarah Palin. Click through this slideshow for a history of the many lives of Betsy McCaughey.

In less than 24 hours, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will choose a city to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. There are four competitive bids: Chicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, and Madrid. Each bid has its own assets and weakness--including the heads of state and celebrities that are in Copenhagen, desperately spinning on behalf of their metropoles. Click through for a rundown on each candidate city.

President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have announced a dramatically-altered approach to deploying U.S. missile defenses. Click through this slideshow for a look at the current deployment of our missile defense systems, and how they'll change.

A year ago on September 15, 2008, the financial crisis took a drastic negative turn. The Lehman Brothers investment firm declared bankruptcy, causing a 1,000-point slide in the Dow and triggering a cascade of bank losses that threatened to topple the entire financial system. Click through this slideshow to see scenes from the crash.

Earlier this week, conservatives attacked President Obama for addressing the nation's schoolchildren--accusing him of foisting a sinister agenda on impressionable minds. But was there really any cause for worry? Well… if one looks very closely at the history of presidential addresses to school kids over the last twenty years, one might find reasons for concern. Click through this slideshow for a close look at the most frightening elements of past presidential speeches to the nation's children.

With the Afghan elections over, accusations of voter fraud are being made by President Hamid Karzai's top challenger, Abdullah Abdullah. The alleged abuses range from reporting higher turnout, to ballot stuffing, to sympathetic generals using their own houses as polling stations. Of course, such shenanigans are hardly new in the history of voting. Click through this slideshow for a tour of some notable election frauds.

Political celebrities don't often raise eyebrows on the lecture circuit. They usually just expound on a pet topic, grab their cash, and head to the next venue. But every once in a while, a speaking event gets downright strange. Click through today's slideshow to see TNR’s selection of the oddest lecture circuit moments.

Norm Coleman. John Edwards. Ursula Plassnik. What do all these people have in common? That's right. Each one became a Harvard fellow after failing to win a high-profile political campaign. And while this year's crop—which includes Senator Coleman and Terry McAuliffe—is perhaps not the most dignified, Cambridge remains a prime spot for office-seekers to rehabilitate. Click through this slideshow to see some of Harvard’s most prominent spurned politician-turned-fellows. Click here to view the slideshow.

Today marks the four-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall into Louisiana. It was one of the largest national disasters in the history of the United States, with an immediate death toll of nearly 2,000 and an estimate of more then $100 billion in damage. TNR writers attempted to chronicle the saga in all its complexity. At the time, Adam Kushner wrote longingly about the diaster devastating his home city. However, as Dante Ramos explained, there were already a wide range of problems facing New Orleans.