Oxford

A True Test: In Defense of the SAT
Critics say the SAT puts minorities at a disadvantage in college admissions, but without it those groups would do even worse.
September 04, 2014

When it comes to standardized testing, what we need is more rather than less.

Hagel, the Enemy of Liberals' Enemies, Shouldn't be Their Friend
December 30, 2012

Too many liberals admire Chuck Hagel because his detractors include Bush administration types. They shouldn't.

Geoff Dyer’s Renovation of Contemporary Nonfiction
December 07, 2012

Before 2013 begins, catch up on the best of 2012. From now until the New Year, we will be re-posting some of The New Republic’s most thought-provoking pieces of the year. Enjoy. Zona By Geoff Dyer (Pantheon, 228 pp., $24)   NEVER MIND the writing, as superb as it so often is: as agile, as subtle, as witty, as funny, as brilliantly insightful. Never mind the breadth—a book about jazz, a book about photography, a book about a film, a book about D.H.

Should The New York Times' New President Pay a Price for the BBC Sex-Abuse Scandal?
November 01, 2012

Following the BBC Scandal, the NYT's new CEO--Mark Thompson, who previously ran the BBC--needs to go.

The Very Low Expectations of Gay Republicans
August 28, 2012

If you are a conservative and gay, the best you can hope for from from your fellow Republicans is that they don’t mention social issues at all.

Whiff-Whaff
July 12, 2012

ASK WHO IS THE most charismatic Conservative in Britain right now, and the answer will come straight back: Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, once shadow minister for the arts, now mayor of London, columnist for The Daily Telegraph, comic turn-taker, and coquette. And soon to be leader of the Tory Party? Not according to him.

Will Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law Cost Obama the Election?
July 10, 2012

Everything had been planned just so for President Obama’s July 6 campaign speech on the front lawn of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. Obama’s Oxford blue dress shirt was crisply cuffed. His Pittsburgh Pirates references were timed expertly. The loopy, cursive lettering of the campaign’s “Betting on America” billboard got several seconds of air-time on the local news. But the speech was marred by sweltering, 100-degree heat, something that no amount of planning could prevent.

Ah, Watergate!
June 20, 2012

"I AM AWARE," H. R. Haldeman writes, "that I there is a cult of people in this country who collect every scrap of information about Watergate because of its many fascinating mysteries." He's more than aware: his memoir. The Ends of Power, is a seething nest of almost every conceivable scrap of Watergate conspiracy theory developed to date. The Democratic Trap Theory, the CIA Trap Theory, the Blackmail Demand Theory: you name it, H. R. Bob buys it.

The Force of a Woman
May 04, 2012

The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi By Peter Popham (The Experiment, 448 pp., $27.50) Aung San Suu Kyi mania is sweeping Rangoon. The paraphernalia for sale on the streets of Rangoon now includes the hitherto banned image of Aung San Suu Kyi on posters, stickers, key rings, and baseball caps.

Pages