Timothy Noah

I answer National Review's absurd claim that it's Democrats (including me!), not Republicans, who have introduced race into the 2012 campaign.

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“We support the right of the United States citizens of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign state if they freely so determine. We recognize that Congress has the final authority to define the constitutionally valid options for Puerto Ricoto to achieve a permanent non-territorial status with government by consent and full enfranchisement. As long as Puerto Rico is not a State, however, the will of its people regarding their political status should be ascertained by means of a general right of referendum or specific referenda sponsored by the U.S.

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“The current Administration's most recent National Security Strategy.... relies on the good intentions and capabilities of international organizations to justify constraining American military readiness.” —GOP draft platform, “A Failed National Security Strategy.” This week I'm tracking insane things Republicans say that undermine the Romney campaign’s painstaking efforts in Tampa to portray the GOP as reasonable and normal. Today please welcome Hon. Tom Head, a Lubbock County judge elected on the Republican ticket.

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“We respect the tribal governments as the voice of their communities and encourage federal, state, and local governments to heed those voices in developing programs and partnerships to improve the quality of life for American Indians....” —GOP draft platform, “Honoring Our Relationship With American Indians”   Earlier this month I wrote, under the rubric Pas Devant Les Enfants (“not in front of the children”) about the Romney campaign’s successful effort to keep nearly all of Romney’s primary opponents away from the podium in Tampa.

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1988 all over again? Romney accuses Obama of cultivating a welfare "base."

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“When Mitt and I give that check, I actually cry.” —Ann Romney, relating her feelings about tithing to the Mormon Church, in the Aug. 26 Parade magazine.

My latest TRB column ("Medicare And Brimstone") looks at the phony numbers and premises behind Paul Ryan's wonky "tipping point" rationale for hysterical GOP doomsaying about America's imminent destruction.

For the average household, the economic recovery has been worse than the recession. For the one percent, it's been a whole lot better.

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Democrats and Republicans always claim that if their presidential candidate loses then the country will suffer. But this year, the GOP’s rhetoric has become apocalyptic. Mitt Romney says that he is running for president because “this country we love is in peril.” He wants to “save the soul of America.” Romney’s running mate, Representative Paul Ryan, has a name for this looming Democrat catastrophe: the “tipping point.” In a 2010 speech, Ryan carried on like Kevin McCarthy in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. (“They’re here already!

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Paul Ryan uses faulty math to blame Obama for looming Pentagon cuts.

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