August 16, 2012

It’s Time to Revoke Paul Ryan’s Wonk Card
12:00 AM

Paul Ryan introduced a new argument about Medicare today, and it shows his numbers don't add up.

Palaces and Poverty
12:00 AM

The vignettes Karen Elliott House House assembles offer a rare glimpse into a world that is normally closed to Western reporters.

August 15, 2012

General Failure: The Bizarre World of Wesley Clark’s New Reality Show
12:00 AM

Wesley Clark wanted to be commander-in-chief. How the hero of NATO wound up becoming commander of B-list reality-TV celebrities instead.

Who’s Raiding Medicare? Hint: It’s Not Obama.
12:00 AM

"Obama raided Medicare" attacks are making my head explode: Romney-Ryan are the ones proposing to take away senior benefits.

August 14, 2012

Ayn Rand's Long Journey to the Heart of American Politics
12:00 AM

In her heyday, Ayn Rand was called a kook. Fifty years later, she's the house intellectual of the GOP. What happened?

‘Supporting Our Troops’ Has Become an Exercise in Denial
12:00 AM

During nearly every major-league baseball game I have attended over the past few years, the P.A. announcer invites men and women in the military to stand up and then asks the rest of us to “honor their service” and their “heroism.” Most of the civilians in the crowd rise to their feet and applaud loudly. I manage to keep my cynicism to myself. My problem is not with the young people who get to spend a few hours away from their jobs protecting the United States from its enemies—real, potential, or imagined. It’s the unwitting hypocrisy of my fellow fans that ticks me off.

How Reporters Are Letting Romney Get Away With His Plan to Massively Cut Medicare
12:00 AM

Forget what you've heard. Romney would almost certainly cut Medicare by more than Obama has or would. And it might be a *lot* more.

No Taxes, No Female Presidents, and No Physical Attraction: The Ten Strangest Things About Objectivism

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker,

Why Demogoguing Paul Ryan is Bad For Democrats
12:00 AM

We’ve seen this movie before. Republicans offer an extreme version of a good idea, Democrats blow it to smithereens, and we all end up worse off.

August 13, 2012

Sheldon Adelson: No One Man Should Have All That Power
12:00 AM

The sheer size of Sheldon Adelson's donations to Republican causes poses a real ethical quandary for Mitt Romney.