The group blog of The New Republic
November 7, 2013
The worst thing you can do to Rand Paul is question his intellect or its honesty. Neo-confederates on the payroll? That's different.
November 6, 2013
“I don’t see any dead people here,” MSNBC host Chris Matthews said by way of an opening at the Washington, D.C., bookstore Politics & Prose Wednesday night. Matthews was holding a conversation with M. Night Shyamalan about the latter’s new book I Got Schooled, the zany filmmaker’s surprisingly earnest treatise on K-12 education reform.
With Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial victory over Ken Cuccinelli, Democrats have now won seven of Virginia’s eight high-profile, statewide races since 2005 (three Senate races, two Presidential contests, and two of three gubernatorial elections). The lone exception, Bob McDonnell’s gubernatorial victory in 2009, provides an instructive contrast with the current contest.
A debate has been raging for 50 years or more over whether journalists should try to be “objective” in reporting events or describing controversies. It flared up recently in an exchange in The New York Times between former editor Bill Keller and uber-journalist Glenn Greenwald. And even thousands of miles away, I haven’t been able to avoid it.
Angelina Jolie tops a poll about the most effective celebrities-turned-advocates.
Nonclandestine ones, that is.
When Boston elected Marty Walsh as its next mayor last evening, it looked like nothing particularly demographically new: Irish-Catholic pol beats other Irish-Catholic pol elected in a town with a tradition of electing Irish-Catholic pols. But Walsh, in fact, is part of a newer coalition of politicians, as the writer Ruth Graham noted on Twitter. Like Michael Bloomberg and Andrew Cuomo, Walsh has a longtime girlfriend he's deeply committed to but sees no apparent need to marry.
What political pundits ignore: McAuliffe wants to expand Medicaid, which means 400,000 more people will get health insurance there under Obamacare.