Responsible Journalism
May 29, 2007

by Linda Hirshman As I have mentioned elsewhere scholars, especially on the left, have been harsh in their criticism of me and other writers who reported the phenomenon of middle class women opting out of paid work. "A Myth," one reported. Family and work scholar Joan Williams called the real story "untold." "Why Can't the Media Ever Get it Right?" the Columbia Journalism Review asked. If we would just not tell about women deciding to quit, there would be no hostile workplaces and laggard spouses. Indeed we were speculating on imperfect data.

Romney's New Ad
May 23, 2007

It's running in Iowa, New Hampshire, and on national cable: ANNOUNCER (Voice Over): "In the most liberal state in the country, one Republican stood up and cut spending, instead of raising taxes. "He enforced immigration laws, stood up for traditional marriage and the sanctity of human life." GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "This isn't the time for us to shrink from conservative principles. It's a time for us to stand in strength.

Promises, Promises
May 22, 2007

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Joe Lieberman makes a not-so-veiled threat to defect to the GOP: "I hope the moment doesn't come that I feel so separated from the [Democratic] caucus" that he decides to shift allegiance to the Republicans, he said in an interview.

Murtha's Little Piece Of Pork
May 21, 2007

In response to the charge that Jack Murtha threatened to screw over Michigan Republican Mike Rogers for going after a project in his district, my first inclination is to note that this sort of (alleged) payback politics is practiced in virtually every legislative body anywhere. But the substance of the issue makes this something more than a politicized clash of egos--and at first blush it makes Murtha look pretty bad. The Pennsylvania Democrat is ticked that Rogers was trying to cut off funding for the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), which is located in Murtha's district.

Business Backs Off
May 21, 2007

The folks at the Corner have been fretting that the enforcement provisions in the immigration bill won't ever be implemented. Looks like they have every reason to worry--businesses are now complaining that what provisions do exist will be much too onerous: Susan R. Meisinger, president of the Society for Human Resource Management, which represents 215,000 executives, said: "The Senate proposal would require employers to reverify the identity and employment eligibility of 145 million Americans who are currently employed. That's unworkable.

The Gift That Keeps On Giving
May 20, 2007

According to the Los Angeles Times, the CIA made a major push last year to put agents into Pakistan and try to smoke out Osama bin Laden. They never found him, but they did find something even more disturbing: U.S.

Poor Enforcers
May 19, 2007

Nathan Newman makes a good point here: Here's the core reason why I think most (not all, but most) of those saying they oppose immigration because of its effects of lower-income native workers are not really serious or, worse, just covering straight-up nativism with a faux charitable concern.In the Bush 2007 budget, a grand total of $177 million was appropriated to enforce our wage and hour laws.

'08 And The Court
May 19, 2007

Tom Goldstein takes a look at what the 2008 presidential election might mean for the Supreme Court.

Immigration Questions
May 18, 2007

So... opinions seem to be hardening on the new immigration deal. Conservatives hate the fact that it would effectively grant amnesty to the 10 million undocumented workers who are currently in the country. Immigrant and labor advocates don't like the guest worker program--which would import up to 600,000 indentured servants each year--or the move away from support for family reunification (although on the last bit, see here). I mostly agree with the latter set of concerns, but I do have a few questions: 1.

A New Low
May 17, 2007

A staffer for a senior Hill Republican writes angrily in response to myarticle about Karl Zinsmeister, the former editor of the American Enterprise Institute's American Enterprise magazine who is now President Bush's chief domestic policy advisor: An editor who has tantrums and goes off on employees? an author trying to get his books sold? a faux populist with pretensions to intellectualism in the bush administration? no, you don't say.