The group blog of The New Republic

July 8, 2013

The new novel Americanah has elicited a number of strong reactions, ranging from exasperation to awe. The author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian woman, appears to be no less divisive, at least based on the discussion about her book on Twitter and elsewhere. (I haven't read it.)

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The Obama Administration’s decision to delay enforcement of Obamacare’s “employer mandate” produced some predictable reactions on the right. House Speaker John Boehner started talking about “train wrecks,” Erick Erickson advised Republicans to “go for the kill,” and so on.

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July 5, 2013

David Brooks's attempt to defend the coup in Egypt suffers from several large flaws, the first being his premise:

The debate on Egypt has been between those who emphasize process and those who emphasize substance.

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In January 2006, almost one year to the day after President George W.

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July 4, 2013

There’s been a lot of chatter these past few weeks about an Atlantic article by Jean Twenge called “How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?” In it she debunks some of the research underlying the claim that women’s fertility declines steeply after 35. (The killer point: the main data set is “French birth records from 1670 to 1830.”) Good for her! Would that there were more biostatisticians out there holding studies up to scrutiny, doing God’s work.

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When The Guardian revealed on Sunday that the U.S. was spying on at least 38 country missions in the United States, including its ally India, an angry reaction was to be expected. The European Union came out strongly against the surveillance program, with E.U.

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July 3, 2013

Are democracies just places where there are elections? Or does democracy require something more?

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From the annals of “is this good news or bad news?”, today comes a new CBO report predicting that immigration reform as passed by the Senate will reduce illegal border crossings by one-third to one-half. That’s up from its previous estimate, that the bill would only reduce them by a quarter.

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Poor Evo Morales. The leftist Bolivian president was in Moscow on Monday and Tuesday for the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, and must have been feeling quite important indeed.

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Let’s begin by admitting that this is an easy target: The movie trailer is hardly (ever?) a paragon of nuance.

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