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From Our Blog To Bill Gates' Ears
December 04, 2008

Meeting with Joe Biden, Bill Gates seconds my* motion about foreign aid levels. (OK, I don't think Gates actually cited me. But you know that's where he got the idea.) --Michael Crowley

Obama And Peres
November 24, 2008

I don't know whether there are many foreign eminences who are trying to trap Barack Obama into their own positions.  But there is certainly one, and he is Shimon Peres, the insatiably vain president of Israel.  Peres has been telling people, at public gatherings and in private, that in conversation with Obama on his summer visit to Israel the then-candidate, now president-elect confided to him that the 2002 Saudi peace plan had "impressed" him greatly.  Peres has, however, denied that Obama whispered to him further that he thought Israel would be nuts to reject it.  Who can tell what, if anyth

Mccain For Energy Sec: The Rumor Starts Here
November 14, 2008

Today, Barack Obama is meeting with John McCain. Jonathan Martin and Jake Tapper seem confident that a Cabinet position is not in the offing. They're probably right. But why not? Specifically, I could see McCain as Energy Secretary, tasked with playing a major role in helping Obama pass legislation to deal with global warming. If Obama is going to do something on this front, he'll absolutely need bipartisan help, given the pain and dislocations it would entail. Getting a high-profile Republican to lead the charge would be smart, possibly even essential.

Health Care To The Max: Baucus Plan Out (updated)
November 12, 2008

As reported in this week's edition, Max Baucus and his staff at the Senate Finance Committee have been working on health care reform since the beginning of summer. Today, he will publish a preliminary outline of what he has in mind. Afterwards, he plans to resume discussions with Senator Ted Kennedy and his staff at the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. They still hope to produce one joint bill, although--as Ezra Klein noted--tensions over committee turf may get in the way. What will Baucus propose?

Economic Brain Trust
November 06, 2008

To start addressing the most pressing issue of the election, and the country's future, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will meet with a transition economic advisory board Friday in Chicago. Some heavyweights on the board include billionaire and legendary investor Warren Buffett, former treasury secretary and Harvard president Lawrence Summers, former labor secretary Robert Reich, and former Fed chairman Paul Volcker. The full board is listed below. Might one of its members become the new treasury secretary?

Kid Vengeance
November 05, 2008

Before Joe Lieberman attends his planned meeting with Harry Reid later this week, he might want to re-read Elsa Walsh's 2005 New Yorker profile of the then-Senate Minority Leader, in particular this anecdote: “I believe in vengeance,” he once told a reporter. In May, he began a commencement address at George Washington University Law School by saying that the last time he had set foot on the campus was January, 1964—the year he graduated from the school....

The New And Improved Tnr Mccain Slideshow
October 30, 2008

As John McCain fights for his political life in the final days of the campaign, what better time to take a look back at all the McCain-related artwork that's appeared in our magazine since 1996. You can relive his long and fraught career through the eyes TNR's artists. Click here to see McCain's vintage wedding photos, his envrionmental underwear, his love for donuts, and his hypothetical phone conversation with George W. Bush. --Amanda Silverman

The Death Of A Cartoonist
October 09, 2008

Cathy Young is contributing editor of Reason magazine and author of Growing Up in Moscow: Memories of a Soviet Girlhood. The death of Soviet political cartoonist Boris Yefimov on October 1, largely unnoticed in the West, was not quite the end of an era--Yefimov's era ended long ago--but the end of a life that, Zelig-like, was involved in every transition of the last century of Russian history. More than a century, in fact: Yefimov (born Boris Yefimovich Friedland, in Kiev in 1899) was 109 years old when he died. As a boy, he watched Russia's last Czar Nicholas II go by in a coach.

Quibbling With Obama's Ayers Rebuttal
October 05, 2008

I'm not sure if it was a one-off mistake or a reflection of the Obama campaign's approach to this subject, but I thought Linda Douglass's response to an Ayers question on CNN this morning came up a little short. Here's Douglass: Yes. So they served on a board together. Number one, he committed some terrible acts when Barack Obama was 8 years old. Barack Obama has denounced everything he did, found them absolutely reprehensible.

The Spanish-american War
September 18, 2008

Jonathan Martin at Politico has a characteristically level-headed reading of the evident McCain gaffe regarding whether or not he'd be willing to meet with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero: John McCain pointedly declined to commit to a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in a radio interview this week, sparking a major story in Madrid.