More On D.c. Voting Rights
September 19, 2007

Ross Douthat takes a swipe at TNR's editorial stance on the constitutionality of the D.C. voting-rights bill. He quotes our position on the issue: McConnell and Bush base their opposition on ostensibly constitutional grounds, arguing that the Constitution grants congressional representation only to states, which, of course, the District of Columbia is not. But the legislation, as it's crafted, addresses these concerns--since it provides for expedited judicial review of the bill if it's challenged after becoming law.

Clintoncare, The Sequel
September 17, 2007

In a few hours, Hillary Clinton will be rolling out her health care plan before an audience in Iowa. When she does, I'll have more to say on it. But here's what I can tell you now, based on interviews with her advisers and some outside experts over the last few days. As Laura Meckler first reported in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, Clinton's plan is very ambitious -- as far-reaching, in the broad sense, as the one John Edwards first proposed back in January. Indeed, the basic framework of the Clinton plan is strikingly simliar to that in the Edwards plan.

Robert Reich, Super-capitalist
September 14, 2007

Another one for the banks of marble. Robert Reich--the once-upon-a-time wunderkind, the soon-to-be disenchanted labor secretary under Bill Clinton and now professor at UCal, Berkeley--has written an argument for the Wall Street Journal: "CEOs Deserve Their Pay." Yes, even the CEOs who go home with eight digit incomes and retire with nine digit packages. Surprised? Bob Reich, egalitarian? He makes the same arguments that defenders of the most rapacious capitalism make, even for executives who take home not eight digit incomes but nine.

The 'huffington' Plagiarist
September 13, 2007

Several months ago, I published an essay in Azure, the quarterly journal of Israel's Shalem Center, about South Africa's troubling foreign policies. You can read it here. On Monday, a South African blogger with whom I regularly correspond informed me that an article published September 6 on The Huffington Post read almost exactly like my piece, only shorter. You can read that article, by a Norwegian journalist and former United Nations employee named Henning Andrè Søgaard, here.

An Old Ruling On A New Case
September 13, 2007

In Sweatt v. Painter, the Supreme Court noted that a new law school could never, whatever its material endowment, acquire those qualities which are incapable of objective measurement but which make for greatness in a law school.

Dogs And Cats, Living Together...mass Hysteria!
September 12, 2007

Pop quiz -- what Euro-loving, Bush-bashing, ultra-liberal wacko said the following: "...the truth is that the best national health-insurance programs do not bear out the horror stories that conservatives like to tell about them." Michael Moore? Paul Krugman? Ezra Klein? Me? Er, no. Those words came from conservative journalist Ramesh Ponnuru, writing in the latest issue of National Review. And it's not as strange as it sounds. People often ask me if there are conservative journalists I enjoy reading.

Health Insurance Premiums Up Again
September 11, 2007

There's good news and bad news in the Kaiser Family Foundation's 2007 survey of employer-provided health benefits. On the plus side, the rate of growth of premiums dropped to 6.1 percent, the fourth straight year it's fallen. On the other hand, that's still well above the 3.7 percent rate at which wages grew during the year.

Earnest Goes to Washington
September 10, 2007

Chuck Grassley's suspicion of institutional power.

How Not To Junketeer
August 29, 2007

And the winner of the worst husband of the year award goes to Iranian Energy Ministry employee Bahmatullah Muradi, who evidently brought along his wife on a ministry junket to . . . beautiful Baghdad! From the NYT: Vehicles carrying the 15 Iranians and Iraqis were stopped and searched by coalition forces at a checkpoint beside the Tigris River near their hotel Tuesday night. The American military said the delegation was allowed to proceed to the Iraqi state-owned Sheraton Ishtar hotel nearby.

The Damage Is Done, So I Guess I'll Be Leavin'
August 28, 2007

The Post today has the one of the smartest political analyses of the Gonzo departure I've seen, at least this morning. Rather than celebrating the AG's resignation as a sign that he -- or the administration, depending on whether you buy the line that the White House shop was actually bummed he stepped down -- has finally accepted reality, we should be baffled that he decided to resign after he had done almost all the political damage he could possibly do, a phenomenon that was prefigured by the fatally late departures of Rumsfeld and Harriet Miers.