Politics

May 12, 2008

(belated) Thoughts On Mccain's Big Climate Talk
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Yeah, I know, I'm late to the party, but John McCain gave a big speech on climate policy today. When I was writing this piece for the print mag about McCain's topsy-turvy environmental record, a couple of folks told me that he was planning to talk about global warming a lot in the general election, using Schwarzenegger's green-themed lurch to the center in California as a model. So, here we are, talkin' bout the climate... On the merits, McCain's proposals are far more serious than anything the current administration has ever proposed.

Roberts, Breyer, Alito: What Are We Paying You For?
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The Supreme Court announced today that for the first time in recent memory, it will be unable to consider a case because too many justices recused themselves due to conflicts of interest. The case asked whether lawsuits based on the 1789 Alien Tort Claims Act can proceed against companies who did business with Apartheid-era South Africa. (The lawsuits will go forward, since the opinion from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals will now be the final word on the matter.) The Supreme Court was unable to weigh in because it lacked the six justices needed for quorum: Chief Justice John G.

Foreign Entanglements
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Josh notes that, before opting for just-resigned lobbyist Doug Goodyear, John McCain initially wanted Paul Manafort to run the 2008 Republican National Convention. Manafort was passed over, ironically enough, thanks to his lobbying ties with foreign governments. Which governments? Newsweek cites those of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich.

May 09, 2008

Is A 'Unity Ticket' A Good Idea?

The notion of a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton "unity ticket" has been floated quite a bit the last few days. But, seriously, is the idea any good? We asked a few friends of the magazine to weigh in.David A. Bell, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and a contributing editor for The New Republic:10 Reasons for Barack Obama not to pick Hillary Clinton as his Vice President:1. It's wrong to say that Hillary has survived the worst the Republicans have thrown against her.

Leftward Ho!
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WASHINGTON--Barack Obama's victory in the North Carolina primary was actually the second important election result for his campaign this month. The first, which has not received enough notice, was the triumph of Louisiana Democrat Don Cazayoux in the race for an open U.S. House seat despite an aggressive Republican campaign to link the moderate Cajun to Obama, liberalism and high taxes. That the Obama link did not bring down Cazayoux in a district that voted 59 percent for George W.

Paper Shredder
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Shortly after nine in the morning on April 28, about two dozen reporters and editors in The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau assembled for the weekly staff meeting led by the D.C. bureau chief, John Bussey. Seated on couches in the bureau’s wood-paneled parlor, the staffers waited to begin a conference call with Robert Thomson, the Journal’s publisher.The mood was uncomfortable. Only a week had passed since the paper’s managing editor, Marcus Brauchli, had resigned under pressure from Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the Journal’s corporate parent, News Corp.

The Israel Archives
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This week marks the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence. To commemorate the event, we went through TNR's writings on Israel, decade-by-decade, and selected some of the most memorable. Below, you’ll find pieces from 1997 to the present, including those from our Zionism at 100 issue, which featured a piece by Martin Peretz on its history and another by Michael Ignatieff on the legacy of Theodor Herzl. In addition, Hillel Halkin and Leon Wieseltier meditate on the two-state solution. Stay tuned for more lists as we dig deeper into the archives.

What To Do About Joe?
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Brendan Nyhan mulls the future of Jomentum in the Democratic Party: What happens to Joe Lieberman if the Democrats take the White House and expand their Senate majority to 56 or 57 seats? Despite his support for McCain, I think Democrats will want his vote on non-war-related issues, so they'll hold their nose and let him keep his seniority in the caucus. Others say he'll be stripped of his seniority, lose his chairmanship of the government affairs committee, and then leave the party to become a Republican. My sympathies are with those who'd like to give Senator Lieberman the boot.

May 08, 2008

The McCain Archives
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Now that it appears almost certain that the general election match-up is set, we’ve combed the TNR archives to find all the pieces that we’ve run on John McCain over the years.

The Obama Archives
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Now that it appears almost certain that the general election match-up is set, we’ve combed the TNR archives to find all the pieces that we’ve run on Barack Obama over the years. Beginning with Noam Scheiber’s look at a young Illinois Senator in 2004 (“From his perch in the Senate, he's likely to become a perennial possibility for a spot on a national Democratic ticket.”) and ending with John B. Judis’ advice to the presumptive nominee, these articles look closely at the victories, missteps and positions that have defined Obama’s candidacy thus far.

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