Is Murdoch Trashing the WSJ's Washington Coverage?
January 15, 2010

One obvious question when Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd announced his retirement last week was what impact it would have on the effort to reform Wall Street. Dodd is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and the bill he wrote last year is the most ambitious regulatory initiative pending in Congress.

Kauffmann: Films Worth Seeing
January 12, 2010

Films Worth Seeing Before Tomorrow. Imperfect film-making but a warm and interesting experience. Life among the Intuits in their Arctic homeland as it was before the white man came. Ice and snow and harpooning and primary eating never seemed so congenial. (12/30/09) The Messenger. This truly memorable war film takes place entirely in the U.S. We follow two veteran soldiers who are in the bereavement notification service. The drama is less in the notification scenes than in the slow but sinuous way that the work affects these two. Excellent performances, lithe dialogue, knowing direction. (12/

It's Time for a Supertax on Big Bank Bonuses
January 11, 2010

The big banks are pre-testing their main messages for bonus season, which starts in earnest next week. Their payouts relative to profits will be “record lows,” their people won’t make as much as in 2007 (except for Goldman), and they will pay a higher proportion of the bonus in stock than usual.  Behind the scenes, leading executives are still arguing out the details of the optics. As they justify their pay packages, the bankers open up a broader relevant question: How much bonus do they deserve in this situation? After all, bonus time is when you decide who made what kind of relative contrib

Look, Intelligence Failures Are Neither Democratic Nor Republican. Alas, They Are Both Non-Partisan and Bi-Partisan.
January 07, 2010

I have made my own criticisms of President Obama and his administration's perspectives on the etiology of terrorism in the world. And the truth is that it is not yet clear in the president's head--or he is not yet being candid (which is my substitute for "frank" and "honest")--that you can't have a true view of routine mass murder in the contemporary world without having quite a harsh view of Islam today.

Will Facebook Kill Off The Automobile?
January 06, 2010

Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute has a new report out today showing that the U.S. auto fleet shrunk by four million cars in 2009—the first time that's happened since World War II. All told, 14 million vehicles were scrapped and just 10 million were bought (by comparison, auto sales had been averaging about 17 million per year before 2007).

Today at TNR (December 31, 2009)
December 31, 2009

Obama’s Most Underrated Move of the Year by Noam Scheiber Will Health Reform Open the Flood Gates for Fraud? by Suzy Khimm From the Earning Potential of Prostitutes to Advancements in Monetary Policy: The Year’s Biggest Ideas in Economics by Zubin Jelveh TNR’s Best of 2009: The Reinvention of Robert Gates by Michael Crowley Our Last Ten Miserable, Miserable Years by E.J.

Today at TNR (December 30, 2009)
December 30, 2009

Barack Obama Has an Idiotic Obsession, and It Is Golf by Michelle Cottle The Amazing Story of How Esperanto Came to Be by Esther Schor Hey, the U.S. and Europe Aren’t So Different After All! by Peter Baldwin How Much Medical Treatment Can Families Actually Afford With the New Bill?

Today at TNR (December 29, 2009)
December 29, 2009

The Year in Foreign Policy: Obama’s Biggest Blunders, Successes, and Strokes of Luck by Michael Crowley Will Health Care Reform Help Republicans at the Polls? Don’t Count on It. by Jonathan Cohn TNR’s Best of 2009: Warren Buffett—The Master of Money by Michael Lewis The Government Is Taking Over the Economy! And the Big Banks Will Be … Just Fine. by Noam Scheiber DISPUTATIONS: How Scared of Hugo Chavez Should Obama Be? by Michael Shifter Everything Is Not Copacetic, Secretary Napolitano by Marty Peretz From the TNR ARCHIVE: Pirates, Al Qaeda, and Unruly Sheiks … Yemen Has It All!

Today at TNR (December 23, 2009)
December 23, 2009

How Obama Became the Unemployment Fall Guy (or, What the Public Doesn’t Understand About Economics) by Jonathan Chait The Problem With Sanctions: They’d Just Strengthen Ahmadenijad’s Hand by Nader Mousavizadeh Women’s Suffrage, Child Labor Laws, and Other Visions of Right-Wing Apocalypse by Jonathan Chait Why Should We Cry for Our Shrinking Manufacturing Sector? by Noam Scheiber Are Bank CEOs Giving Obama the Cold Shoulder? by Simon Johnson Finally, Some Good News From Detroit by Jennifer Bradley Will Doctors Turn Against the Health Care Bill?

The Best Fiction of 2009
December 22, 2009

The Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A worthy follow-up to Adichie’s magnificent novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, this collection of short stories explores the lives of African women, at home and abroad.  Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, by Geoff Dyer. The title sounds like a bad joke, but Dyer’s novel-in-two-parts, like his standout book of essays, demonstrates how deeply innovative a writer he is.  Every Man Dies Alone, by Hans Fallada, translated by Michael Hoffman.