Reckless Reporters, Object Obsessions, and the Western Boogeyman: Today's TNR Reader
November 15, 2012
Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Could online education be the death knell for the university? The Guardian | 15 min (3,700 words) In Mexico, drug lords warn journalists they plan to attack with a cautionary phone call. Why do reporters ignore it? NYRB | 16 min (3,893 words) Why did Orhan Pamuk make a museum?
How Rick Perry–Mr. "Oops"–Helped Kill the Romney Campaign
November 07, 2012
Rick Perry's presidential campaign may have been a joke, but did it help decide the 2012 election?
Romney Plays Reagan — And Does Well Enough
October 23, 2012
The candidates spent almost no time debating the substance of foreign policy.
Sheldon Adelson: No One Man Should Have All That Power
August 13, 2012
The sheer size of Sheldon Adelson's donations to Republican causes poses a real ethical quandary for Mitt Romney.
August 03, 2012
THE GREAT THEORIST Leszek Kolakowski once told the following parable: Two girls are racing in a park. The one behind cries at the top of her lungs, “I’m winning! I’m winning!” Suddenly, the girl in the lead quits the race and sobs into her mother’s arms: “There’s no way to beat her.
Blunt Trauma: Marijuana, the New Blood Diamond
July 13, 2012
Marijuana and blood diamonds may have a lot in common. If you can’t prove your stuff is conflict-free, you shouldn’t be smoking it.
The new questions about Mitt Romney’s sworn version of his 1999 departure from Bain Capital—which seems to contradict statements in SEC filings, testimony given to prove his Massachusetts residency, and corporate annual reports—are causing his campaign such a headache that someone in Romneyland was moved to float Condi Rice’s veep prospects last night as a diversion. The renewed focus on Bain, as I wrote yesterday, vindicates the Obama team’s decision to press forward with its criticisms of Romney’s tenure year despite the much-ballyhooed warnings of the mayor of the 68th biggest city in the
How Obama’s New Immigration Policy Might Leave Out Some DREAM Activists—And Why Some of Them Don’t Care
July 05, 2012
President Obama’s recent announcement that his administration would “defer action” against undocumented immigrants was met with mostly positive reactions from immigration rights advocates. The new regulations will enable people under the age of 30 who were brought to the country before the age of 16 to qualify for a work permit, though not a path to citizenship, provided that they meet certain requirements.
Two Thumbs Up
May 18, 2012
On the morning of June 2, 1929, a detachment of federales gunned down a middle-aged former army general outside a hacienda chapel in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Enrique Gorostieta was the commander of a Catholic peasant militia known as the Cristeros, which had been fighting the government of President Plutarco Calles for three years. In 1926, the fiercely anti-clerical Calles had moved to curtail the Catholic Church’s activities in Mexico, demanding the registration of the clergy and stripping the Church of the right to own property.
When the New York Times reported last month that Wal-Mart had brazenly been bribing government officials in Mexico, the public responded with anger. According to the Washington Post, the outcry forced the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to slow its campaign to water down the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the 1977 law that bars payoffs to foreign decision-makers in exchange for business. The agitation also led to a 5 percent drop in the price of Wal-Mart stock. But one group seemed decidedly less bothered by the reports of Wal-Mart’s misdeeds: corporate America.