George Washington University

A Viewer's Guide to This Weekend
March 19, 2010

Sarah Binder is a professor of political science at George Washington University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is the author of several books on Congress, including Stalemate (Brookings 2003) and Politics or Principle? Filibustering in the U.S. Senate (Brookings 1997) co-authored with Steven Smith. All eyes this weekend will be on the House, as it takes up health care reform for what is possibly (and hopefully) the last time.

Promises, Promises, Promises
March 10, 2010

In a recent TNR article about the Citizens United decision, “Roberts versus Roberts,” I argued that the chief justice has so far failed to achieve his goal of promoting narrow, unanimous decisions rather than ideologically polarizing ones. After the piece came out, Ed Whelan claimed that Roberts had never promised to try to lead the Court in such a fashion.

The Quiet Revolution
February 01, 2010

Obama has reinvented the state in more ways than you can imagine.

Will Reform Open the Flood Gates for Health-Care Fraud?
December 30, 2009

Often preying on the program’s elderly and poor beneficiaries, Medicare fraudsters cost the government $47 billion last year alone, using billing scams that some officials have called more profitable than drug-trafficking. Earlier this month, 26 individuals in three cities were arrested a series of raids for bilking Medicare of $61 million, including a Florida doctor accused of running a $40 million scheme that falsely listed patients as blind diabetics so he could bill them for home nursing care.

The Reinvention of Robert Gates
November 09, 2009

One afternoon in October, a blue and white jumbo jet flew high above the Pacific Ocean, approaching the international dateline. On board was the secretary of defense, Robert Gates, who was on an around-the-world trip that would end with a summit of NATO defense ministers, where the topic of the day would be Afghanistan. Gates was flying on what is often called “the Doomsday Plane,” a specially outfitted 747 that looks like a bulkier Air Force One and was built to wage retaliatory nuclear war from the skies.

The Left's New Machine
May 07, 2007

Most political activists can point to one catalyzing event, an episode in each of their lives (or, more often, in the life of their country) that shook them from their complacency and roused them to change the world. You can find many such stories if you troll through the netroots, the online community of liberal bloggers that has quickly become a formidable constituency in Democratic politics. But the episode that seems to come up most often is the Florida recount.

Sick
May 28, 2001

This week, after months of congressional wrangling, President Obama signed historic health care reform into law. For the last ten years, TNR’s resident health care expert Jonathan Cohn has been writing about the big structural problems in our health care system and what can be done to fix them. This week’s archive piece is a Cohn classic: a 2001 examination of why America’s best hospitals were suffering under the existing health care system.

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