The group blog of The New Republic
February 18, 2014
The country is no good at the Winter Games—but that could change when it hosts them itself
Team China won its first medal at the Sochi Olympics last week, when skater Han Tianyu took the silver in the mens's short-track 1500 meters. China's medal count has since climbed to six, with three golds, two silvers, and one bronze. Not terrible: they're currently ranked 10th in the standings, just behind Poland and ahead of Sweden.
Maybe he wants to forget the Bush era as much as everybody else does.
Pussy Riot was arrested in Sochi today.
Yes, you read that right. Pussy Riot members and internationally known “prisoners of conscience” Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, who were released from prison less than two months ago, were just arrested in Sochi.
Tolokonnikova claims they were just strolling through town (with a group of activists and journalists), the police claim there was a theft at the hotel where they were staying.
February 17, 2014
"Stimulus" is still a bad word in Washington. It shouldn't be.
A blockbuster report details how horrifically a Miami Dolphin lineman was bullied by his teammate. What does it say about the league?
The paper's coverage has been overwhelmingly condescending.
A Response to Myself
This weekend, the American and Russian hockey teams squared off against each other at the Sochi Olympics and, even if, like me, you're not a fan of the sport, it was an undeniably gripping match, one that ended only after a white-knuckle shootout. Thank god it wasn't an elimination round game, though, because there was that moment with five minutes left in the game and the score tied that the Russians seemed to score a goal and an American referee disallowed it.
February 16, 2014
The HBO show places us in the hands of an insane narrator, and that may not be a bad thing.
Two new studies show college is still a great investment.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week issued its latest update on Obamacare enrollment, revealing that 3.3 million people had used the new on line marketplaces to select new insurance plans. But the data, as always, didn't include some key information. HHS didn't say, for example, how many of these people had coverage before—or, among the previously insured, what kind of coverage they had. HHS isn't trying to hide information. In most of these instances, it simply doesn't have the information, at least in a way it can reliably analyze.