October 20, 2013

On the Ground With Syria's News Smugglers
They go where professional journalists won't
8:00 PM

Covering the war in Syria is too dangerous for professional journalists. That's where these guys come in. A dispatch from the makeshift media capital of the Middle East.

There's a New Political Story Line—and it's Good for Republicans
Better to be two warring tribes than a single reviled one.
6:00 PM

The GOP used to be viewed as a right-wing monolith. Now it's thought of as a party split between radicals and non-radicals. This is actually good news for Republicans.

October 18, 2013

A British Woman Spent Three Days in a U.S. Hospital. Here's What She Learned About Obamacare.

For a foreigner who wants to learn how the US works--or doesn't--there's nothing trying to navigate the American medical system.  

You Thought the Government Shutdown Was Over. You Were Wrong.
5:23 PM

It was an awful time. Federal employees had to take unpaid furlough days. Beneficiaries were thrown off of federal programs. Courthouses had to be sold.

When Lee Atwater and a Newt Gingrich Aide Tried to Gay-Bait Tom Foley

Former House Speaker Tom Foley died today at age 84. Foley led the House of Representatives between 1989 and the Republican revolution of 1994.

The FISA Court Is Tougher Than the Media Says
4:52 PM

Now we know: the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court bounces a quarter of the government’s applications for surveillance orders.

Stop Letting John Boehner and His House Allies Off the Hook
2:08 PM

For someone who just presided over a 16-day shutdown of the federal government that cost the country an estimated $24 billion and sent his party’s public standing plunging to historic lows, John Boehner is basking in surprisingly mild reviews.

The Best Part About the Shutdown Ending: Our National Parks’ Instagram Feed Is Back
12:21 PM

Over the course of the shutdown, the closure of the National World War II Memorial and its periodic, Bastille-style forcible reopening became a sort of emblem of the whole sordid affair.

The New York Times Was Wrong: The Senate Is Still an Old Boys' Club
11:36 AM

The New York Times story earlier this week on how “Senate Women Lead in Effort to Find Accord,” about a group of five women senators, left a bad taste in my mouth.

Here's the One Map That Grover Norquist Uses to Scare Democrats
11:13 AM

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, had lunch with The New Republic staff on Thursday—a rather gentlemanly move, considering that our publication has not always been kind to him.