Politics

January 08, 2009

From The TNR Archives: Cass R. Sunstein
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"Misery and Company," October 22, 2008 "Wall Street's Lemmings: Why Policymakers Need To Understand Psychology As Much As Economics To Solve The Financial Crisis," October 11, 2008 "The Empiricist Strikes Back: Obama’s Pragmatism Explained," September 10, 2008 "Easy Does It: How To Make Lazy People Do The Right Thing," April 9, 2008 "Visionary Minimalist: Toward A Theory Of Obama-ism," January 30, 2008 "A Mere Smear: Sean Wilentz's Unfair Attack On Barack Obama And His Supporters," December 27, 2007 "The Most Mysterious Right," November 12, 2007 "The Thin Line: Understanding How Good People T

Correspondence: What About Physician Health Programs?

The recent article, “Going Under,” in The New Republic eloquently describes what has fortunately become a rare fatal outcome for physicians treated by state Physician Health Programs (PHPs). Failure to put this into perspective leaves readers with the mistaken impression that addiction is commonly or inevitably fatal. This article underscores that fact that there are two common errors in dealing with addiction: the first and most common is to underestimate its power.

Hot Under the Collar
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One evening in November, about 170 attorneys gathered for a cocktail reception at the Georgetown University Law Center. Unlike at most swanky D.C. lawyers' events, an unmistakable scent of chlorine and perspiration lingered in the air: The event took place in the foyer of a gym. But the smell of sweat was strangely appropriate. The lawyers had come from a seminar on "Defending the White Collar Case," a timely opportunity to burnish their arsenal of strategies.

Correspondence: Going Under
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Gregory Skipper and Robert DuPont are right to note the important role Physician Health Programs (PHPs) play in treating drug-addicted M.D.'s. In Brent Cambron's case, it's difficult to know much about that role (which is why I didn't address it in my article). According to some people who were close to him, Cambron felt that the PHP that monitored his recovery was more of a hindrance than a help, questioning his commitment to recovery in such a way that he himself began to doubt it.

The Two Richard John Neuhauses
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In the three-and-a-half years I worked at First Things magazine, I came to know two Richard John Neuhauses. The first is the one I worked with in the journal's offices every day: personally generous and jovial, intellectually and theologically curious, alert to political and cultural complications, overflowing with energy and ideas. This is the Neuhaus readers encountered in his lengthy, erudite essays on philosophy, theology, and history, which frequently graced the pages of the magazine.

Will Obama Save Offshore Wind Power--or Kill It?
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Wendy Williams is co-author of Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics and the Battle for Our Energy Future. Cape Wind has long been the problem child of the nation's push for renewable energy—and it could end up being one of Barack Obama's biggest energy headaches in his first term, one that may decide the future of offshore wind power in the United States. The Cape Wind project was proposed just before September 11, 2001, and calls for 130 3.6-megawatt wind turbines, sitting five miles off the southern coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts (map here).

The Two Richard John Neuhauses
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The following reflection on the passing of Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009) is cross-posted at the National Catholic Reporter. Additional thoughts on Neuhaus' life and legacy will appear in this space over the coming days. In the three-and-a-half years I worked at First Things magazine, I came to know two Richard John Neuhauses. The first is the one I worked with in the journal's offices every day: personally generous and jovial, intellectually and theologically curious, alert to political and cultural complications, overflowing with energy and ideas.

More Musical Chairs In The House
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If all the recent committee reshuffling is any indication, House Democrats are putting themselves in position to throw long on climate and energy legislation over the next two years. As Dave Roberts reports, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, led by new chairman Henry Waxman, announced today that it was folding all of its environmental portfolios into a single new subcommittee, to be chaired by Ed Markey of Massachusetts, an enviro fave who was previously heading up the telecommunications subcommittee.  That's a huge shift.

January 07, 2009

Disputations: Still The Most Dangerous Philosopher In The West
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I am happy to hear that some of Slavoj Zizek’s best friends are Jews--though I wonder if any of them have evinced discomfort at remarks like the one I quoted: “Typical Jews!

Disputations: Who Are You Calling Anti-Semitic?
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I am grateful to Mr. Kirsch for the time and effort he put into running over so many of my books in order to find incriminating passages that would support his thesis on my anti-Semitic Fascism-Communism.

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