Still Rooting for Failure? You Bet.
November 18, 2011
The media narrative on the super-committee is finally starting to change, as writers realize that nothing terrible will happen if, as seems likely, the super-committee fails to make recommendations on deficit reduction. I'm happy for my colleague Tim Noah, who was slowly being driven mad by what he was reading in the papers. More important, I'm happy for all of the people struggling to find jobs or pay their bills.
The Real Tragedy of the Super-Committee
November 17, 2011
Will it be a tragedy if the Super Committee fails to agree on a proposal by next week’s deadline? Yes, but not for the reasons that you’ve heard. The conventional story is that the committee’s failure to come up with an agreement will have catastrophic effects, sending a signal that the country is not serious about reducing the deficit and, as a result, spooking investors and chilling the economy. As my colleague Tim Noah keeps pointing out, that seems highly unlikely.
Mitt Romney, Meta Flip-Flopper?
November 11, 2011
[Guest post by Molly Redden] When TNR’s Tim Noah set out to find if there was something, anything that Mitt Romney consistently believes in, all he found was his haircut. Indeed, the Republican presidential hopeful had already flip-flopped on such defining, first-principle issues as abortion, health care, climate change, gay rights, and gun control—you’d think that there are no more positions that Romney could possibly double back on. But you would be wrong.
Afternoon Reading Assignment
November 02, 2011
[Guest post by Isaac Chotiner] The great Tim Noah, who is napping on a beach finishing his book, has an excellent regular feature on this eponymous blog called Morning (or Afternoon) Reading Assignment, where he recommends articles or reports to readers. This is slightly off-topic, but I want to recommend to people not a new article but a new (or rather relaunched) magazine. It's called The Caravan: A Journal of Politics and Culture. After being discontinued almost 25 years ago (it was established in 1940), Caravan came back with a vengeance last year.
Is Income Inequality a 'Myth'?
October 31, 2011
[Guest post by Matt O'Brien] Pay no attention to soaring executive compensation, or Wall Street bonuses, or even to the latest CBO report on income distribution: skyrocketing income inequality the past few decades is just a “myth”—at least according to Jim Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute.
Daily Deadline: Heading Into the 9th
October 28, 2011
[with contributions from Matt O'Brien and Darius Tahir] The national political conversation is shifting left. Is the super-committee shifting right? Greg Sargent thinks so, given the latest proposal that Democrats on the committee have made.
Head Start or False Start?
October 20, 2011
Inequality, as my colleague Tim Noah will tell you, reflects many factors. But one of them is education, particularly early childhood education. Young children from more affluent families get quality care and teaching, while less affluent children do not. And that disparity inevitably affects how these children fare later in life -- intellectually, emotionally, and, ultimately, financially. But what do we do about it?
Who Is Adel al-Jubeir?
October 15, 2011
I’ve written about Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington and a favorite of the king, at least five times (“This Is A Scoop … A Scoop About Saudi Arabia,” “When Progress Is Made Progress Should Be Recognized,” “The Saudi Ambassador,” “A Circus Or A Conclave,” “Why Should Israel Make Peace With Failed States?”). I should have written about Adel soon after we met. It wasn’t a year before he invited a few of us roughly from the TNR crowd (Fouad Ajami, Michael Kinsley, Tom Tisch, James Woolsey, and one or two others) to be his guests on a visit to the kingdom.
Occupy Wall Street and the Movement It Might Become
October 13, 2011
On the home page, John Judis and I make our case for the Occupy Wall Street movement: “A mixture of undesirables—thieves, plug-uglies, degenerates.” That’s how in 1932 a newspaper described the veterans who were marching upon Washington, demanding their promised bonuses. There was some truth in the description: The marchers included a few undesirables. But the majority were simply people who were struggling and wanted their fair share.
September 09, 2011
I don’t know how to say goodbye to a magazine that’s been my home since I was a 23 year old intern one year out of college, where I’ve made some of the best friends in my life, and whose identity has become almost indistinct from my own. Since deciding to accept a job at New York magazine, I’ve tried to write that goodbye, but nothing seems adequate to the scale of the task before me. So, as I’ve learned to do in the face of deadlines, I’m just writing. My love affair with the New Republic began in college.