Today At TNR (October 23, 2009)
October 23, 2009

100 Years of Servitude: Gabriel García Márquez’s Infatuation With Castro and Other Dictators, by Enrique Krauze Just How Upset Should the Military Be About Obama’s Indecision on Afghanistan? by Steven Metz Why Olympia Snowe’s Public Option Trigger Won’t Work, by Jacob S. Hacker Peter Morgan’s ‘The Damned United’ Is a Mini-Delight. If Only the Rest of His Films Didn’t Have Puffed-Up Ambitions. by Christopher Orr The Sprawl Bailout: Will Obama’s Economic Policies Finally Kill Suburbs?

Financial Innovation We Can Believe In?
October 22, 2009

It's fairly well-established that people could save money over the long run by making their homes more energy-efficient—better insulation, say—or even, in some cases, putting solar panels on their roofs to generate their own electricity. But many of these upgrades never happen, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the incentives are misaligned, if, say, the landlord owns the building but the tenant pays electricity and heating costs.

Today at TNR (October 22, 2009)
October 22, 2009

How Barack Obama Can Sell His Afghanistan Policy So That It Won't Destroy His Presidency, by Patrick J. Egan and Joshua A. Tucker Irving Kristol and the Hijacking of Neo-Conservatism, by Nathan Glazer An Evening With Musharraf: The Failed Military Dictator's Zany Speaking Tour Goes off the Rails in Baltimore, by Michael Schaffer Even Newt Gingrich Recognizes That the Right’s Ideological Litmus Tests Are Bad News, by E. J. Dionne Jr. So, How Are Schools Able to Turn Your Children Into Homosexuals Again?

Today at TNR (October 21, 2009)
October 21, 2009

The Ugly Showdown Between a Michigan Town That Wants Gitmo’s Prisoners and the Congressman Who’s Eyeing the Governor’s Mansion, by Chris Bodenner Photography Is an Inherently Restless Medium. So Why Is There a Movement to Strip It of Its Essence? by Jed Perl What the Insurance Industry Got Right in Its Attacks on Health Care Reform, by Jonathan Cohn More 'SuperFreakonomics' Meltdowns: The Solution to Climate Change Is Not to Shoot MORE Chemicals into the Air, by Bradford Plumer What Obama Gets For Trying to Work With the UN, by Marty Peretz Tom ‘Gay Agenda’ Coburn Wants a Gay-GOP Alliance.

October 20, 2009

Thursday October 8, 6:30 a.m., the phone rings. I pick up sleepily. "My family! My family! Magda … my family!" I hear sobbing and low, sad groans on the other end.

Today at TNR (October 20, 2009)
October 20, 2009

Is There Really a Middle Way? The Problem with Half-Measures in Afghanistan, by Stephen Biddle The Return of TNR's Truman Scale: Grading the Important HELP Bill by Jonathan Cohn Your Babysitter’s Family Is Stranded on the Roof of a Flooded Building in the Philippines.

Energy Pork: Why the Green Future May Take a While
October 19, 2009

Stephen Power has a good story in the Wall Street Journal that explains a lot about why America’s clean energy future may be a while in coming.  Power notes that although Energy Secretary Steve Chu set out this year to begin reshaping America's energy future with a network of highly-focused, results-oriented research labs, lawmakers have been busy with business-as-usual. He reports that instead of fully funding Dr.

What Has Two Long Ears And Powers Lightbulbs?
October 16, 2009

Sweden's newest renewable energy source? Adorable little bunnies: Every year, the city of Stockholm kills off thousands of rabbits in an effort to protect trees and shrubbery in the city’s extensive network of parks and green space. ... Tuvunger explained that it doesn’t take many newly released rabbits to do what rabbits are known for doing, much to the detriment of Stockholm’s efforts to control the size of its rabbit population.

The Movie Review: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’
October 16, 2009

Near the end of Maurice Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are, as young protagonist Max is abandoning the fantastical creatures who have crowned him their king, the Wild Things plead, “Oh please don’t go--we’ll eat you up--we love you so.” The line neatly captures one of the central insights of Sendak’s slim masterwork: the close proximity in the preadolescent mind between affection and aggression, between the loving and the eating. Spike Jonze’s film adaptation, which he co-wrote with Dave Eggers, expands Sendak’s tale considerably, but rather than lose track of this insight, the movie

The Supreme Allied Commander of Corn
October 15, 2009

When the world last left Wesley Clark in early 2004, he was a streaking meteor of a presidential candidate. Still fresh from leading NATO in the Kosovo war, he arrived as a savior for the left, who saw a bulletproof patriot that the rest of America could believe in; hero of the netroots, beloved by Michael Moore and Madonna; hope of the Clintonites, delighted by such a clean ideological slate. Alas, after five blazing months, Clark for President flamed out. There are the conventional explanations: He got in too late. He didn't play in Iowa.