'We Will Likely Vote Friday or Saturday'
March 12, 2010

Somewhere in the White House or Capitol Hill, I imagine, is a whiteboard that looks like this: August recess September Columbus Day Thanksgiving Christmas New Year's State of the Union Valentine's Day St. Patrick's Day And now passing health care reform by St. Patrick's Day, which is next Wednesday, seems impossible.

Friendlier Skies These Holidays, But Not Everywhere
March 01, 2010

It’s a common story in the U.S.

The Jihad Marches On, Today Also In India
February 13, 2010

The real dateline to the story is Pune, the eighth largest city in India, with over three million people. It is a university center so densely academic that Cambridge, MA may seem quotidian in comparison. In any case, an explosive went off in a bag left in a bakery frequented by foreign tourists. Eight people are dead, and another 32 are wounded (several in critical condition).

The Republican Health Care Blunder
December 19, 2009

The United States is on the doorstep of comprehensive health care reform. It's a staggering achievement, about which I'll have more to say later. but the under-appreciated thing that strikes me at the moment is that it never would have happened if the Republican Party had played its cards right. At the outset of this debate, moderate Democrats were desperate for a bipartisan bill. They were willing to do almost anything to get it, including negotiate fruitlessly for months on end.

The Two Scariest Words I've Heard in a Long Time
December 10, 2009

I'm just back from Washington, where I spoke with a wide variety of people--inside and outside of the government--about the state of the health care reform debate. Among the many questions I asked was "when," as in "when will a bill land on the president's desk?" (That's assuming Congress passes one; I would never take that for granted.) It's a question lots of people have been asking for the spring. And the answer has kept changing. First it was early September, then October, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and--finally--the State of the Union.

How Many Foreign Ministers Did *You* Speak to on Thanksgiving?
November 30, 2009

From today's State Department press briefing: QUESTION: Regarding what you just said, the French newspaper Le Monde reports that the Secretary has called her counterpart Kouchner and asked for France to send 1,500 additional troops to Afghanistan. Do you have any comment on that? MR. KELLY: She did speak to the French foreign minister. This was on Thanksgiving. In fact, she spoke to one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten foreign ministers on Thanksgiving. Hope she got some rest over the weekend....

Heartless Conservatives? Psshaw.
November 30, 2009

Victor Davis Hanson, doing his best to rebut the slur that conservatives are heartless: Concerning the news that there is no longer any stigma attached to food stamps, and that one in eight Americans is on the "nutritional aid" program: One would think that if real need explained increased usage, "Black Friday" would have been a bust. But perhaps the opposite occurred, and Thanksgiving holiday sales were good (as I can attest from witnessing a stampede at the Selma Wal-Mart). One then cannot quite believe that one in eight Americans did not go on the annual shopping spree. Where to begin?

All Isn't Fair
November 29, 2009

WASHINGTON -- The most surprising and disappointing aspect of our politics is how little pushback there has been against the vile, extremist rhetoric that has characterized such a large part of the anti-Obama movement. President Obama's administration has largely ignored those accusing him of "fascism" and "communism," presumably believing that restraint in defense of dignity is no vice.  Republican politicians, worried about future primary fights, have been reluctant to pick a fight with a radical right that seems to be the most energized section of their party.

We Know How this Debate Ends. Or Do We?
November 29, 2009

On Monday, the full Senate will begin deliberations over the bill Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced before Thanksgiving. And the ultimate resolution of that process wouldn't seem to be in much doubt. Republicans will do whatever they can to drag out the debate. But unless political circumstances change drastically, they probably will not succeed in stopping reform altogether.

Slideshow: Eating Holidays Around the World
November 26, 2009

Today is Thanksgiving, the holiday in which Americans count their blessings by binge eating, seeing family, and watching television. But we aren’t the only ones who mark time with massive feasts. Click through this TNR slideshow to see holidays from around the world in which other cultures stuff themselves.