January 28, 2009
Today At Tnr (january 28, 2009)
The Self-Help Guru: How Malcolm Gladwell Went From Armchair Sociologist To Saccharine Cheerleader, By Isaac Chotiner Well, If The Mitchell Report On Steroids Is Any Indication, The Middle East Is In Big, Big Trouble, By Will Leitch Immigration, Ethanol, Drugs, And Other Issues That Need To Be On Obama's Latin America To-Do List, By Alvaro Vargas Llosa TNRtv: Will An Obama White House Kill The Netroots? By Jonathan Chait and Jonah Goldberg Tough Love: What does 'pro-Israel' really mean?
January 27, 2009
Neighbors Without Benefits
America’s relationship with Canada has been a wildly fortunate one: What other country in the world has had the luxury of never giving a moment’s thought to its neighbor? And with the Middle East exploding, the proxy wars between Pakistan and India growing less proxy by the day, questions of succession in North Korea becoming increasingly bizarre, and a Mexican drug war beginning to spill over the border, the parliamentary crisis in Canada may seem low on the list of America’s priorities. But, believe it or not, it shouldn't be.
TNR's Ben Eisler investigates a disturbing Wall Street fad in an exclusive video report. For the high quality video, click here.
This past week, President-elect Obama declared that "Bin Laden and Al Qaeda are our number one threat when it comes to American security,” pledging to “do everything in our power” to eliminate safe havens which terrorists can use to plan attacks against the U.S. As these terrorist networks become increasingly transnational, one of the key roadblocks against destroying them is the difficultly of achieving international cooperation in counter-terrorism initiatives. To overcome this challenge, the Obama administration needs to change the way the U.S.
Tom Edsall has a nice piece up at The Huffington Post about the uselessness of about $24 billion in business tax breaks in the current House stimulus package.
TNR senior editor Jonathan Chait and National Review editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg debate the impact that Obama's victory will have on the left-wing blogosphere. --Ben Eisler
Where The Conventional Wisdom Begins
John Harris has a great piece in Politico about the daily ritual of phone calls between Rahm Emanuel, James Carville, Paul Begala, and George Stephanopoulos, dating back to their days as young Clintonites. This passage gives you the gist: Carville calls White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel calls ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos. A bit later, CNN commentator Paul Begala, who is not quite the early bird that his friends are, will complete the circle with a rapid set of calls to all three.
Last week, I interpreted a harsh background quote by an Obama aide toward the Pentagon as a sign of a possible rift. This week you don't even have to read between the lines. Time's Mark Thompson reports on a difficult-to-reconcile split over nuclear weapons: While serving under former President George W.
Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton picked Todd Stern as her special envoy for climate change. He'll be the administration's top negotiator at both the Copenhagen climate talks later this year and any other discussions the United States might wade into. Stern has ambled around this block before, as the senior White House negotiator during the Kyoto Protocol talks in the late 1990s. But that doesn't mean he's planning to resurrect the old Clinton administration approach.
January 26, 2009
After three weeks of intense fighting, Israel has inflicted withering and effective punishment on Hamas: Its military and terrorist capacity has been crippled, and it has been exposed as incapable of protecting the lives of the citizens whose destinies it claims to safeguard. Keeping in line with Israel’s (and America’s) refusal to recognize the terrorist group as a legitimate political entity, now would seem to be the ideal time to deal Hamas the final blow and permanently destroy them.