In his latest "TRB From Washington" column, TNR senior editor Jonathan Chait rips apart a paper on income inequality by the Cato Institute's Will Wilkinson. Chait and Wilkinson settle their differences face-to-face in this TNRtv special. --Ben Eisler Check out the latest on TNRtv: Scheiber: How Obama Can Capitalize On The Latest Jobs Report Johnson: Should Geithner Have Told Regulators To F*ck Off? Sherman: Is China Finally Sticking It To North Korea?
“For two thousand years,” wrote Harold Rosenberg, “the main energies of Jewish communities have gone into the mass production of intellectuals.” For Rosenberg, the art critic who belonged to the receding constellation of writers known as the New York Intellectuals, such a claim was something between a boast and a self-justification. The New York Intellectuals were mainly second-generation Americans, whose self-sacrificing immigrant parents won them the opportunities America offered to newcomers, including Jews.
National Review editor Rich Lowry writes, "The birthers have been denounced by every reputable conservative." So, he's employing disreputable conservatives? Or is Andy McCarthy so far to the right he's not a conservative?
Gabe Snyder has identified the perp: Spurred on by his editor, a Washington Post reporter complained over the weekend that we "stole" his profile of a ridiculous "generational guru" when we blogged about it on this site.... To summarize this little media controversy: reporter Ian Shapira profiled Anne Loehr, a consultant who gets companies to pay her to explain the mysteries of Gen Y. Our own Hamilton Nolan wrote an item about it in which he reprinted four of Loehr's most laughable quotes and ridiculed them.
Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America By John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev (Yale University Press, 637 pp., $35) If one were trying to define the lowest point in the long and venerable tradition of American anti-communism, surely it came in 2003, with the publication of Ann Coulter's Treason.
TNR senior editor Michelle Cottle breaks down Dick Cheney's return to the spotlight, arguing that rather than "scream like a little girl and hide," the GOP should make it painfully clear that they'd prefer to forget about the Bush years. --Ben Eisler Check out the latest on TNRtv: Kirchick: Does a Journalist's Release Spell a Moderate Iran? Johnson: What Should the Next Stimulus Look Like? Cohn: A New Game Show: Why We Can't Trust Republicans on Health Reform!
To explain why you can't trust Republicans on health care reform, TNR senior editor Jonathan Cohn hosts a special TNRtv health care edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? --Ben Eisler Check out the latest on TNRtv: Halevi: How to Stop Iran--"It's Now or Never" Johnson: Is Obama Finally Governing the Banks? Scheiber: Why Inflation Fear-Mongerers Don't Scare Me
On Monday, Vice President Biden threw out the first pitch at the Orioles season opener, reminding all of us that baseball season is upon us once again. To celebrate, we've compiled some of TNR's greatest baseball coverage as far back as 1920, including pieces from former Senator Eugene McCarthy (on baseball turning too PC), hall-of-fame broadcaster Red Barber (on Jackie Robinson), and former TNR senior editor Robert Wright (on the 1994 strike). Check out today's TNR slideshow to see most notable players, plays, and personalities of the MLB in the pages of TNR. --Amanda Silverman
Before last week, few of us had ever heard of Rick Santelli--despite Santelli's best efforts--and fewer still had any particular affection for him. Santelli is a CNBC TV personality whose most distinctive assets are a near- continuous state of agitation and a Billy Mays-like ability to project his voice, drowning out other shouting heads with ease. His persona is meant to make you pay attention to him, not to love him.