The group blog of The New Republic
November 11, 2013
A map showing Super Typhoon Haiyan superimposed over the continental United States has gone viral. It's all wrong.
Here's the image, supposedly (actually?) created by the Red Cross:
Now, here's the Philippines over the United States:
And here's Haiyan with respect to the Philippines:
There is much to be said about the Atlanta Braves’ announcement that by the 2017 season the esteemed National League baseball franchise will have moved to a new stadium. The team is ditching its old digs, Turner Field, which will be a very young 20 years old when the new one opens. New host Cobb County will reportedly put up $450 million—more than two-thirds the necessary funding.
I live on county maps. They offer an accessible, yet incredibly rich way to understand the diversity of our country.
But they’re also imperfect. An unfamiliar eye might draw the wrong lessons, like concluding that the country is overwhelmingly Republican.
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.