The group blog of The New Republic
December 9, 2013
But here's how it really works
Republicans and their allies are making a lot of different arguments about what Obamacare is doing to America. It’s hiking premiums! It’s making people lose their doctors! It’s destroying Medicare! But if you listen closely, you’ll discern a common theme—a message aimed squarely at the middle class: Obamacare is taking away your money or health insurance, and giving it to somebody else.
This map estimates the toll.
One side of the debate focused on K Street, while the other focused on advertising.
I enjoyed Jonathan Van Meter's interesting profile of Julia Louis-Dreyfus in New York magazine because it manages to get at all the ways in which Louis-Dreyfus is a compelling person and first-rate comic actress. Van Meter, however, seems more than merely respectful of Louis-Dreyfus's talents. Although I am no doctor, I would describe his feelings toward her as consisting of deep, deep love. Here's hoping the two can find everlasting bliss.
Does it matter whether he drew a penis intentionally or unintentionally?
If you don't understand why someone like Nelson Mandela would have communist sympathies during the Cold War, you aren't thinking hard enough.
In Sunday’s paper, The New York Times reported on a rising phenomenon: Powerful female financial executives who are abetted by husbands willing to “stay at home” and be the primary caretakers of the couples’ children. “These bankers make up a small but rapidly expanding group, benefiting from what they call a direct link between their ability to achieve and their husbands’ willingness to handle domestic duties,” report Jodi Kantor and Jessica Silver-Greenberg.
December 6, 2013
Obama has had a good week. And another set of premature Washington obits can safely be ignored.
Scientists have created software that can grade short-answer essays in five seconds.
Evo Morales, Beyonce, Tariq Aziz: Sooner or later, everyone visits Mandela's cell in Robben Island.