Jon Cohn

Obama's Sainthood Won't Raise The Debt Limit
January 14, 2013

President Obama's doing an excellent job of getting himself into heaven, but that won't raise the debt limit.

Kill This Deal
December 31, 2012

Why Congress should kill the fiscal-cliff deal.

Exit Polls Can’t Explain Why Obama Won
November 07, 2012

It's harder than you might think to figure out, from reading exit polls, the substantive reasons for President Obama's victory.

Cohn & Kirn Debate the “Real Romney”
September 19, 2012

Have we finally seen the "real Romney"? Jonathan Cohn and Walter Kirn take to IM to debate

National Review, Race, And Me
August 29, 2012

I answer National Review's absurd claim that it's Democrats (including me!), not Republicans, who have introduced race into the 2012 campaign.

Why I Don't Want Tax Reform
April 19, 2012

My new TRB column argues that 2012 is not 1986, and that tax reform is therefore not a good idea. Ezra Klein uses some of the same arguments to suggest that life without tax reform would be intolerable, but he doesn't explain why. TNR's Jon Cohn is a little bit closer to my position on this. Anyway, read my piece and decide for yourself.

Unemployment Reform: Still A Bad Idea
February 01, 2012

House and Senate negotiators have been meeting to work out an agreement on extending the payroll tax cut, which currently is due to expire at the end of February, through 2012. After last month's partisan battle over the issue, which proved costly to Republicans, everyone now is apparently on board with the extension.

How to Resolve the Recess Appointment Crisis: An Elegant Legal Solution
January 06, 2012

On Jan. 4 President Obama made several recess appointments, in effect making an independent judgment that the Senate is in recess. Senate Republicans howled in indignation that the Senate is not in recess; they’d pressured the Democratic majority to keep the Senate technically in session in order to prevent the president from appointing Richard Cordray (or anyone) director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Another Bogus Attack on Obamacare
October 30, 2011

Editor's note: On Friday, Jon Cohn wrote about a new House Republican report about the Affordable Care Act -- and why one of its central claims was wrong. Among the sources he cited was Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist who has advised policy-makers, including some of the ACA's architects. But Gruber found several other flaws in the report. What follows is his analysis. A new report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is making headlines because of four claims it makes about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But some of these claims are wrong-headed.

June 15, 2011

-- Jon Cohn on that shaky McKinsey health care report -- Tim Pawlenty's insane tax proposals, now in chart form -- Mitt Romney sets new standards in candidate awkwardness