TNR’s 12 Best Campaign Stories of 2012
November 22, 2012
From an ex-Mormon missive to a Tagg tale, here are the stories that helped shape the conversation in ’12.
What Hurricane Sandy Means for Election Day
October 29, 2012
The two ways Hurricane Sandy might help Obama seal his victory—and the one way it could put Romney ahead.
Romney’s Climate Change Nihilism
August 31, 2012
Romney's snipe at Obama last night was meant to assure conservatives that only losers care about global warming.
Romney Cribs from the GOP’s Willie Horton Playbook
August 27, 2012
1988 all over again? Romney accuses Obama of cultivating a welfare "base."
The Real Strategy Behind Romney’s (Lying) Welfare Ads
August 22, 2012
Romney delivers a message capitalizing on the resentments of white working class voters—the exact voters he needs to win the election.
It’s Time to Revisit the Voting Rights Act
August 21, 2012
Voter suppression isn't just for the South anymore
Who's Keeping the Race Close? Obama or Romney?
June 21, 2012
After a supposedly disastrous month of anemic jobs growth and unforced errors, Obama appears to maintain his slight advantage over Romney in national polls. The stability of the race has surprised many, particularly those invested in the daily beat of the news cycle.
Not With a Bang, But a Whimper: The Long, Slow Death Spiral of America’s Labor Movement
June 06, 2012
Many commentators have correctly observed that the reelection of Governor Scott Walker is a grave blow to unions, especially public sector unions. They went all in to defeat Walker and, despite the great outpouring of protest last year against his collective bargaining bill, he won by a greater margin this time than he did in 2010. But something else was exemplified by the Wisconsin results. It’s not that unions can’t win a defensive fight.
Welcome to The Plank
May 29, 2012
Welcome to The Plank. The original TNR group blog has been on hiatus since 2009—during which time, from what we can tell, the internet decided that the term “plank” is best used in reference to lying prostrate in public. That won’t do. We’re back to reclaim planking in the name of informed and lively conversation about the world of politics. This blog will feature all of the voices our readers are already familiar with—though now you’ll be able to read Timothy Noah, Noam Scheiber, Alec MacGillis, and Jonathan Cohn in the same place.
Obamacare's Future, Romneycare's Past
May 21, 2012
The Affordable Care Act is full of compromises—the subsidies aren’t as generous as they could be, for example, and there’s no public plan. But, for those of us who believe in the law, no compromise may be more threatening to the law’s success than its timing. In 2014, everybody making less than 133 percent of poverty becomes eligible for Medicaid, while people at higher incomes get the chance to buy comprehensive, subsidized insurance regardless of pre-existing medical conditions.