St. Louis

The Man Who Could Have Saved Organized Labor
January 01, 2013

The American labor movement is in dire straits. Could a little-known, recently-departed dissident named Jerry Tucker have saved it?

The Fiscal Cliff Coloring Book: Fun for Grownups Too!
December 14, 2012

What I learned from coloring it in.

Meet the Journalist Who (Possibly) Invented the Phrase ‘Fiscal Cliff’
November 12, 2012

Ben Bernanke seems to think he came up with "fiscal cliff." Not so.

Where’s Claire McCaskill?
September 14, 2012

Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comment was a huge gift to his opponent Claire McCaskill. So why is she avoiding the subject?

McCaskill vs. Akin: The Senate Race That Isn’t
September 07, 2012

Sen. Claire McCaskill is nowhere to be found in Charlotte. Rep. Todd Akin is missing from Missouri. When will these two, you know, compete?

Akin Gives Democrats an Edge In the Fight For Control of Senate
August 21, 2012

Todd Akin isn't dropping out, and that's great news for Claire McCaskill and the Democratic party.

Sarah Williams Goldhagen on Architecture: Living High

Before 2013 begins, catch up on the best of 2012. From now until the New Year, we will be re-posting some of The New Republic’s most thought-provoking pieces of the year. Enjoy. For any number of pundits, policymakers, and scholars, the new next hot thing, in countries developed and developing, is The City—or, more expansively and more precisely, the megalopolis and its little brother, the metropolis.

The Visionary
May 04, 2012

If you were to pinpoint one moment when it looked as if things just might work out for Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, it would probably be February 2, 2010. That day, Fayyad addressed the annual Herzliya Conference, a sort of Israeli version of Davos featuring high-powered policymakers and intellectuals. It is not a typical speaking venue for Palestinians; yet Fayyad was warmly received.

Think Cranks
March 30, 2012

Paul Krugman has a nice shoutout to my "Crankocracy" TRB on his blog and points out that crankocrats long ago seized control of conservative think tanks. This is an important point I wish I'd included. "[W]hat the money of rich cranks does," Krugman observes, "is ensure that bad ideas never go away—indeed, they can gain strength even as they fail in practice again and again." Quite so. Krugman writes that even the cranks themselves end up suffering from the bad ideas they promote, but that they're too cussedly ideological to recognize this. That's true.

Did The Federal Government Cause The Subprime Meltdown?
March 16, 2012

Though the recovery seems to be speeding up, the U.S. economy remains weak, and the country has a long way to go before returning to full employment. One of the major forces holding back economic growth is the persistently-weak housing market, which continues to be the subject of intense debate. According to a GOP narrative that just won’t die, the economic crisis was brought on largely by the government—specifically, by laws that fueled the subprime boom by encouraging home ownership among low-income populations.