Politics

May 18, 2009

CORRESPONDENCE: The Allure of Green
12:00 AM

Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger argue forcefully that green consciousness is a luxury good that emerges at a certain stage of economic development and which ebbs and flows in strength with the business cycle (and the price of oil). Yet, in today’s society, a green orientation goes beyond the luxury of enjoying clean air and swimmable waterways.

Class Dismissed
12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Facing down protesters who didn't want him there, President Obama fought back at Notre Dame not with harsh words but with the most devastating weapons in his political arsenal: a call for "open hearts," "open minds," "fair-minded words," and a search for "common ground."There were many messages sent from South Bend on Sunday. Obama's opponents seek to reignite the culture wars. He doesn't. They would reduce religious faith to a narrow set of issues. He refused to join them. They often see theological arguments as leading to certainty.

Photo Of The Day
12:00 AM

If I didn't know better I would think this was the opening of a Saturday Night Live skit. In fact, it's an official photo--of a May 7 meeting with Valerie Jarrett, Newt Gingrich, and Al Sharpton, to discuss education reform--from the White House's enthralling Flickr feed. --Michael Crowley

Obama Deemed Insufficient Steelers Fan
12:00 AM

Rasheed Wallace sparked some controversy a couple years back when he pooh-poohed the Detroit Pistons' visit to the White House to receive congratulations from President Bush for winning the NBA championship as "just something we have to do." Still, Rasheed--despite his personal disdain for Bush--did go to the ceremony.

Has U.s. Gasoline Demand Finally Peaked? Maybe...
12:00 AM

This had been long rumored, but it looks like the Obama administration is finally getting set to ratchet up fuel-economy standards: President Obama will announce as early as Tuesday that he will combine California’s tough new auto-emissions rules with the existing corporate average fuel economy standard to create a single new national standard, the officials said. … Under the new standard, the national fleet mileage rule for cars would be roughly 42 miles a gallon in 2016. Light trucks would have to meet a fleet average of slightly more than 26.2 miles a gallon by 2016.

The Men With Two Brains
12:00 AM

Conor Friedersdorf isolates a particular strand of conservative schizophrenia: What’s truly weird is the subset of Obama critics who’ve tried to persuade me that he is a dangerous radical with ties to terrorists, or that he is plotting to transform the United States into a Communist dictatorship, or that he is going to seize the guns of law abiding Americans, or that he is an extreme leftist who cannot be trusted… and who nevertheless argue that President Obama should continue the Bush era practice of invoking the War on Terrorism to wield unprecedented executive power.... How can men who make

Agin 'em
12:00 AM

"Conservatives Map Strategies on Court Fight" in a Sunday New York Times article by Charlie Savage about a Republican plan to to fight President Obama's Supreme Court choice. No, these senators do not know who the nominee will be. They apparently think, however, that she is more than likely to be a woman because their research focuses on ten females while dealing lugubriously with about 20 male contenders. Nominees to the federal judiciary require the "advice and consent of the Senate." But this is not what motivates the G.O.P.

Today At Tnr (may 18, 2009)
12:00 AM

Don't Bet Against Buffett: Money, Love, And The Oracle Of Omaha, by Michael Lewis Starting Over In Rwanda: Finding A Future In A Country That, 15 Years Ago, Looked Like It Might Not Have One, by Christine Stansell TNRtv: Are We Spending Too Much Time On Iran And Not Enough On North Korea? by J. Peter Scoblic Let's Make A Deal: Why Obama Should Appoint A Politician To The Supreme Court, by Gordon Silverstein In 'Angels & Demons,' Rome Finds Itself In Mortal Peril, And Tom Hanks Finds Himself Without A Mullet.

Regrets, I've Had A Few...
12:00 AM

I wonder if Obama may now wish he'd come down differently in the reportedly "intense" White House debate over releasing those OLC torture memos. I rather suspect Nancy Pelosi does. --Michael Crowley

Did Biden Spill A Secret?
12:00 AM

The people currently shocked that Joe Biden supposedly revealed the existence of a secret bunker under the White House must have been born in the past couple of years or else have pretty short memories. From December 2002: Neighbors of Vice President Dick Cheney are being shaken and rattled at least once a day by mysterious blasts at the U.S. Naval Observatory where Cheney lives. The Navy says the explosions are part of a construction project that has been going on for several months now, but won't say more because the project is classified.

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