The 'Let's Not Even Try' Foreign Policy
August 26, 2013
The Syria choice will decide the tug-of-war between idealism and restraint in the Obama administration—and in the president's self-definition.
Is Assad Goading Obama?
August 26, 2013
The new Syrian atrocities may have been a miscalculation. But America's rhetoric encouraged them.
With much fanfare, President Obama today announced a new set of proposals to rein in the cost of higher education, the most eye-catching of which is the creation of a ranking—based on metrics such as affordability, graduation rates, and recruitment o
The Obamacare Opposition Has Finally Caught Its Own Tail
August 20, 2013
It's time to pop the champagne and blow the kazoos: the war on Obamacare has officially reached its point of reductio ad absurdum.
Do Republicans Oppose Everything Obama Does? Here's a Test.
August 08, 2013
The GOP has obstructed Obama's ideas, but the reasons have been philosophical, not partisan. Or have they? A corporate-tax proposal is the tell.
Obama's Corporate Tax Reform Plan Is Short on Details
July 30, 2013
Ah, the rush of having the ear of the President of the United States. A few weeks ago, for the magazine’s package of suggestions for Barack Obama to resuscitate his second term, I wrote the following:
Why in the World Is Obama Going to an Amazon Warehouse?
July 29, 2013
Not long ago, Mac McClelland, a reporter for Mother Jones, spent a month working at a warehouse that handles shipping for the big online merchants.
Obama Is Right to Mess With Texas
July 26, 2013
Pro-tip: When you win a big court case giving you the go-ahead to suppress voter turnout for your political opponents, don’t gloat about it.
Obama Is Losing the White Working Class
July 23, 2013
One of the funny things about electoral politics is that you can’t always have the coalition you want, or even the coalition you think you’ll get.
The first wave of polls on the Zimmerman verdict are in and the results look familiar.