The group blog of The New Republic
February 5, 2014
Unlike another despot known for looking at things, Putin's gaze always seems to fall on objects off-camera.
Here's Why 2014 Could Be the Year America Finally Ditches its Inane Deficit Obsession
Austerity advocates have been routed intellectually, but the political debate is still stacked in their favor. Here's how to influence it.
The metropolises of the world, as mapped by RunKeeper
In his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama praised natural gas as “the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change” and vowed to “cut red tape” to help business invest in it. But two studies released this winter bolster long-held fears that the extraction process, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, presents serious dangers for human health—and in particular, the health of the unborn.
A new study analyzed the claim that the NEA only serves the upper crust of society.
But don’t think it’ll help you with the ladies
Beards may help win a fight, but not win over the opposite sex
Demand for cigarettes is declining, while demand for in-store medical services is booming.
Giuliani and Bloomberg were tolerant of gays. Why do only Democrats boycott a homophobic St. Patrick's Day parade?
February 4, 2014
Since it became apparent several years ago that both the Afghan and Pakistani states were either unable or unwilling to wage full-on war against the Taliban groups that plague both countries, the word on every diplomat's list has been "talks." Sitting down with the Taliban, the theory went, was the only way to end the war in Afghanistan and bring peace to the country's eastern neighbor, Pakistan. The Taliban may be a band of murderous thugs, but you should not refuse to talk to people simply because they are evil.
CBO updates it's Obamacare projections. The critics update their Obamacare distortions.