The group blog of The New Republic
February 5, 2014
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.
Politicians will tell you otherwise. Don't believe them.
Don't hate him for playing smart. Hate the game.
An Interview with Gregory Clark, historian of social mobility
The ultimate case for dealing with income inequality before all else
February 3, 2014
Last week ABC announced that it had picked up a particularly depressing new comedy pilot: “Selfie,” a series inspired by My Fair Lady that, according to ABC, “tells the story of a self-obsessed 20-something woman who is more concerned with ‘likes’ than being liked.” “Selfie”’s tragic heroine endures an embarrassing public breakup that makes her the subject of a viral video, leaving her with “more social media ‘followers’ than she ever imagined—but for all the wrong reasons.” It
Suicide rates drop up to 11 percent when states legalizing medical marijuana.
It's not due to harsh new laws in many states—not yet, anyway
It's not due to harsh new laws in many states—not yet, anyway.