November 24, 2008

Revenge of the Nerds
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Calling attention to the fact that black nerds are often teased by black peers for “acting white” elicits predictable reactions, such as claims that the problem doesn’t exist. Two reactions I have encountered, however, have thrown me.The first was some years ago, when I was on a panel with Ronald Ferguson of the Harvard Kennedy School. Ferguson, who is black, argued that black nerds should reassure the teasers that they don’t think they’re better than they are.

Hillary Clinton's Emoluments Problem
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It turns out that the biggest obstacle to Hillary Clinton's march to Foggy Bottom might be grammatical in nature. Adam Bonin and Eugene Volokh weigh in on the debate over the application of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Art. I, 6, cl.

Getting To Know Melody Barnes
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NAME: Melody Barnes NEW APPOINTMENT: Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. HOW SHE KNOWS OBAMA: Domestic policy adviser to the campaign; co-director of the transition's agency review; worked with transition chair John Podesta at the Center for American Progress (CAP). OTHER TOP POSITIONS: Executive vice president of CAP (left in June); chief counsel to Senator Ted Kennedy; Director of Legislative Affairs for the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; assistant counsel to the U.S.

Rice: From Mia To The Un?
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MIA no longer--Tapper advances the notion that Susan Rice is probably headed to the UN.

How Tricky Can This Satellite Stuff Really Be?
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You know what the federal government needs right now? A bunch of Bush appointees without any sort of scientific background getting slotted in key science-related civil service positions, that's what: In one recent example, Todd Harding -- a 30-year-old political appointee at the Energy Department -- applied for and won a post this month at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There, he told colleagues in a Nov.

Transition News 11/24
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Obama officially introduces his economic team. On the economic team, Rubinomics rules-with adjustments. Bush tax cuts might remain in place until 2011. WSJ asks, will Obama reappoint Bernanke? Politico assesses Geithner's pending confirmation hearing--and what one would have been like for Summers. Vilsack says he won't be agriculture secretary. WaPo reports on Obama's uphill battle to keep his education promises. How Obama could still win the war on drugs. What influence could Brent Scowcroft have in the new administration? --Seyward Darby

Rice And Lake, Mia?
12:00 AM

With the top two positions at state and the national security advisor job nearly locked in, it's interesting that the two senior people on Obama's foreign policy campaign team--Susan Rice and Anthony Lake--don't seem to have been in the (public) mix for tippy-top national security jobs. Regarding Lake, people have said for a while that he might not be interested in rejoining government. (The Times of London says that Lake "didn't want" the SecState job--though I haven't seen that replicated by any U.S.

Citi Never Sleeps; Neither Can Any Of Its Shareholders
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Maybe I'm jealous that Citigroup didn't include The New Republic on the list of publication in which it had placed full-page advertisements telling the public "why now, more than ever, you can be confident that Citi never sleeps."  The I'm looking at now is in Sunday's New York Times.  But I've seen the same ad in a few other newspapers (including my home-town sheet, the Boston Globe).  I assume this is a cross-country effort.  The advertisement is roughly 150 words.  It tells you that it is "using our global presence, knowledge and expertise, along with almost 200 years of experience, to ris

Some Final Backstory On Geithner
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I've tried to lay out the reasons why Obama would want Tim Geithner as his Treasury secretary. Now that the day of the big announcement is here, I figured I'd address the "how" of it, too. My sense is that two Obama transition officials--Michael Froman and, to a lesser extent, Sonal Shah--played important roles. Froman, a friend of Obama's from law school, started off as an economic aide in the Clinton White House, then became a deputy assistant secretary on Treasury's international side around the same time Geithner was promoted to a similar position.

November 22, 2008

The Case For Urgency
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st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } Over the last two weeks, TNR's managing editor Richard Just and TNR's legal affairs editor Jeffrey Rosen have been debating the appropriate lessons to draw from the passage of Proposition 8. Rosen started the argument here, and then they went back and forth here and here. What follows is the final installment.Dear Jeff,Thanks for your response.