The group blog of The New Republic
November 10, 2013
Their outlook on spending.
The rich are like you and me, it turns out — if you're a millenial. In a New York Times opinion piece, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, an associate professor at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy who is writing a book on Thorstein Veblen and 21st-century consumption, says that the way the uber-wealthy now spend their money has changed.
Today it’s a few hundred thousand people. By next year, it will be at least a few million. Their health insurance status is changing dramatically: What they have in 2014 and beyond will look nothing like what they had in 2013 and before. For many of these people, the difference will be hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. In a few cases, it may be the difference between life and death.
Christie's moderate views on certain social issues would do little to change things. His severe views on fiscal and foreign policy are another story.
As chronicled in Noam Scheiber's cover story this week, Elizabeth Warren's unapologetic populism and intellectual credentials have endeared her to those on the left looking for a champion. But it is her aggressive hearing-room cross-examination style—captured in a slew of video clips that quickly went viral—that have bonded her to the Democratic left.
Here's an assortment of her greatest rhetorical flayings, barn-burning rants, and cable news cross-examinations:
November 8, 2013
I’ve written at length about PPP’s troubling methodological choices. The firm failed to disclose important methodological decisions, offered inconsistent or baffling explanations, and continues to employ an unscientific and inconsistent approach. Altogether, it’s difficult to distinguish PPP’s polling from weighting toward an intended result. Now the question is: “how should we use PPP going forward?”
It’s a tough question.
Albert Camus would have celebrated his 100th birthday this week. Judging from how he documented his birthdays, it probably would not have been a particularly happy affair: his journals reveal an author ill at ease with a world that, for him, signified nothing. On his birthdays, Camus's thoughts often turned to death and, perhaps appropriately, to the works he had yet to write:
November 7. [1938 - 25 years old]
Character. A.M. — an invalid —both legs amputated — paralyzed all down one side.
We started off with the idea of a big photo of Senator Elizabeth Warren on the cover with a big, bold line on top like "The Next President of the United States," but quickly realized how lame that was.
In an interview Thursday with NBC News' Chuck Todd, President Obama apologized to Americans receiving cancellation letters from insurers—and promised to investigate whether his administration could do something to help them. The apology is appropriate. Obama made sweeping promises that he should have qualified or at least explained in more detail. While most people will get to keep their plans next year, some won’t.
On Thursday, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced a bill that would outlaw abortion at 20 weeks, a companion to a measure that passed the House of Representatives this June and an echo of laws that have already passed in more than a dozen conservative states. Anti-abortion activists have been looking for a sponsor the legislation since it passed the lower chamber, and Graham has pro-life bona fides tracing back to his