Noam Scheiber

Senior Editor

Obama Must Insist on Total Victory Over the GOP

There's no other way when you're dealing with loons

When you’re dealing with loons, you have to throw out the book on negotiating and suppress your conciliatory impulses (ahem, Mr. President). The lunatics will somehow manage to rationalize as victory anything short of total defeat. And so total defeat is what you have to give them.

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The Most Compelling Details From My Last Two Weeks of Reading

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Watch Obama Botch the Debt Negotiations. Again.

There's an easy way to best the GOP. The White House isn't using it.

There's an easy way for Obama to best the GOP in this fall's fight over the debt-ceiling and the budget. Unfortunately, the White House isn't using it. 

 

 

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Cory Booker has just won New Jersey’s Democratic Senate primary in a rout, making him an easy favorite to claim the seat this fall. But even stronger than the pundit consensus that Booker will soon be in Washington is the belief that the camera-savvy Twitter celebrity will be a rabble-rouser once he gets there.

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The Crisis at Washington's Ultimate Power Firm

Patton, Boggs and the End of Big Law

When I wrote last month about the loud wheezing noises coming from the world of Big Law—that is, the 200 or so biggest, most profitable law firms in the country—the industry’s staunchest defenders protested that I had the story all wrong: Big Law may have had a tough recession, they said. But it was bouncing back with aplomb, just the way it always had. Any suggestion that it was facing an existential crisis was either naïve or deliberately alarmist.

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Harry Reid Should Kill the Filibuster, for Real This Time

Democrats have all the leverage. Why won't they use it?

Up until three weeks ago, Senate Republicans had gone out of their way to block Obama’s highest-profile executive-branch nominees, typically for no other reason than that the president had selected them. The GOP finally backed down after Majority Leader Harry Reid threatened to do away with the filibuster for such appointments, and seven nominees promptly sailed through the Senate. But the victory was fleeting.

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Obama's Boys Club: Summers Shows How Gender Bias Really Works

The White House's defense actually underscores the problem

Of all the charges and counter-charges that have been aired so far in the reality show known as “America’s Next Fed Chairman,” none is more explosive than the charge of sexism.

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When we last left the House Republicans, they were balking at bipartisan immigration reform while laboring to cut domestic spending to Neanderthal levels, not merely the Eisenhower-era levels of the sequester.

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Yes, Big Law Really is Dying

Dear Lawyer: It's Not You, It's Your Profession

Defenders of Big Law sound a lot like the defenders of the real estate bubble in the the mid-2000s. Look how well that ended! 

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The New Larry Summers Sure Looks Like the Old Larry Summers

The flabby thinking behind Obama's possible Fed nomination

For Fed chair, Obama could pick a woman who fought the good fight. Or he could pick an abrasive insider whose record is decidedly mixed.

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