Noam Scheiber
Senior Editor

This Time There Really Will Be a Government Shutdown
And that's not all bad
September 15, 2013

Suffice it to say, it’s hard to do a deal when the only thing the other guy wants is the one thing you can’t give him.

Obama Has a Foreign Policy Doctrine—And He's Ignoring It
Explaining why that speech was so muddy
September 11, 2013

Obama’s Syria speech Tuesday night was strange for a variety of reasons, not least the odd spectacle of hearing a case for military action (the first half of the speech) punctuated by a plea for diplomacy (the second half).

Does Race Explain Cory Booker's Political Identity?
There are only so many ways for a black pol to win statewide
September 09, 2013

Criticize Cory Booker from the left and you’re likely to get two legitimate forms of pushback: The first is that, despite his close ties to big business, Booker has spent too much of his life fighting for (even living among) the poor to fit the profi

Great for Newark, Not Great for D.C.
What to expect from Senator Cory Booker
September 05, 2013

It’s more Paul Ryan than Paul Wellstone.

My Reluctant Opposition to the Syria Campaign
I'm pro-intervention in principle, but Obama hasn't sold me on it
August 31, 2013

I’m not remotely an expert on foreign policy in general or Syria in particular. At best I’d call myself a semi-informed lay-person.

Obama Must Insist on Total Victory Over the GOP
There's no other way when you're dealing with loons
August 28, 2013

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.

Flypaper
The Most Compelling Details From My Last Two Weeks of Reading
August 28, 2013

.page .main .primary .comparison { background: url("/sites/default/files/u167278/comparison-divider.png") center center no-repeat; overflow: hidden; margin-left: -1em; margin-right: -1em; margin-top: 2em; margin-bottom: 2em; border-top: solid #000000 1px; border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; } .page .main .primary .comparison div { text-align:left; } .orange { color:#F58233; font-weight: 500; } .aqua { color:#1ca2f7; font-weight: 500; } .reverse { color:#ffffff; background-color:#000000; padding: 2em; margin-left:-1em; mar

Watch Obama Botch the Debt Negotiations. Again.
There's an easy way to best the GOP. The White House isn't using it.
August 27, 2013

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. 

 

 

Cory Booker Is Even Worse Than His Critics Say
August 13, 2013

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.

The Crisis at Washington's Ultimate Power Firm
Patton, Boggs and the End of Big Law
August 09, 2013

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

Pages