The group blog of The New Republic
November 13, 2013
According to Jed Perl's brutal 2009 assessment of Francis Bacon: Not very much.
Good news: There's a "side door" into Obamacare via insurers' sites. Bad news: It relies on the same terrible information technology.
These two maps show the combined domestic and international flight routes for American Airlines and US Airways.
November 12, 2013
The first in an occasional series of updates about what's new at our magazine
Over the last half century, Reverend Sun Myung Moon and his family have led a religious and political movement—anchored by the Unification Church—that has exerted enormous influence over right-wing American politics and created a web of influential and profitable businesses, including the New Yorker Hotel, the Manhattan Center recording studio, and The Washington Times.
It’s been widely noted that one of the biggest challenges for the Obama administration in setting up the new federal exchange for health insurance was that the project was much bigger than anticipated. Why? Because far fewer states than expected decided to set up their own exchanges—36 of them left the task to the federal government.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, New York City will be home to the country's tallest building. At a symbolic 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center will surpass Chicago's Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) as America's tallest building when it's completed next year.
Bill Clinton has been one of Obamacare’s most effective advocates—the "Secretary of Explaining Things," as President Obama famously called him. But in a new interview already getting attention and sure to get more, Clinton didn't explain things very well. He made a statement that's likely to create some misimpressions about the possibilities of health care reform, while giving the administration and its allies yet another political headache. But maybe it's also an opportunity to have a serious conversation about the law's tradeoffs—the one that should have happened a while ago.