NPR Scandal: A Real Story With No Consequences
March 09, 2011
I have a couple thoughts on the flap over James O'Keefe's hidden video expose of a (now-former) NPR executive. First, unlike the vast bulk of O'Keefe's career, this is a legitimate act of journalism. Executives at NPR are public figures, and I don't have a problem with journalists using false pretenses to get public figures to reveal their true beliefs.
Republicans Denounce Republican Health Care Plan
January 12, 2011
Tim Noah on Republican outrage over high risk health insurance pools: Of all the arguments Republicans have been waging against Obamacare as the House of Representatives prepares to vote for its repeal, none is harder to take than their criticism of the federally subsidized high-risk pools the law created to provide immediate relief to the uninsured. In May, the House Republican Conference complained that these high-risk pools would be unfair to people currently enrolled in existing state-run risk pools because the latter group was paying higher premiums.
September 08, 2010
-- Brad Plumer investigates the Tea Party's obsession with rewriting the Constitution. -- Tim Noah's series on income inequality for Slate. -- Ezra Klein asks, "Why did Obama do health care first?" Also, I will be out tomorrow for Rosh Hashanah, but my TNR colleagues will keep you company in the meantime.
Disavowing Heritage's Heritage
April 20, 2010
The Affordable Care Act was based on what, until very recently, was considered a conservative model. Various factors have caused the conservative movement to invest itself in the notion that this idea is now socialism and the worst thing in the history of America. So now previous conservative advocates of this model are furiously revising history. The Heritage Foundation, which Obama cited as one model for his plan, had an op-ed in the Washington Post denying the similarities between its health care plan and the Affordable Care Act. Tim Noah dissects the spin here.
Your Questions Answered: Tim Noah
March 10, 2010
Tim Noah is puzzled: Why aren't Republicans livid about Obamacare's proposed Medicare tax increase? ... According to an analysis by the labor-backed Citizens for Tax Justice, the Medicare payroll tax increase would fall almost entirely on the richest 5 percent, and 84 percent of it would be paid by the richest 1 percent. This is the sort of thing that drove conservatives batty in the past.It doesn't seem to be driving them batty now. Would you like to know how many times Republicans brought it up at the bipartisan health care meeting on Feb. 25? Twice, both times in passing.
Republican Radicalism And The End Of Romney
March 05, 2010
James Pethokoukis has a column pointing out that Mitt Romney's support for TARP is going to cost him support in a contested Republican primary. Likewise, Tim Noah had a terrific piece in Slate pointing out that Romney's health care position in Massachusetts was nearly identical to President Obama's. (Noah has a fun quiz mixing and matching Obama health care quotes with Romney health care quotes, and challenging readers to identify who said what.) Romney is a useful marker in the frightening right-wing turn of his party.
March 01, 2010
--Jonathan Cohn on where health care stands as of now --Richard Thaler on the all-gain, no-pain plan to auction off the radio spectrum --Tim Noah on America's insufficiently frightened ruling class --Ron Brownstein on America's excessively frightened Democrats --Dexter Filkins surveys America's position in Afghanistan --Ross Douthat dreams of Mitch Daniels (My not-altogether different take here.)
The Kennedy-Brown Convergence
January 18, 2010
Politico’s Patrick O’Connor reports that the biotech lobby is threatening to back Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown’s bid for Senate in a last-ditch effort to strengthen in its hand in the health-care negotiations: The state chapter went as far as drafting a press release to endorse Brown, according to multiple people on a Friday conference call that included industry lobbyists. The Bay State has a thriving biotechnology industry, giving the group sway this close to the election. But so far, the group hasn't sent the release or offered an official endorsement.
Daily Treatment, Giving Thanks Edition
November 25, 2009
Readers may have noticed that the "Daily Treatment" isn't really daily. Instead, it's daily when I have time to write it, which isn't as often as I would like. And that's unfortunate. It means I don't get to chance to highlight many worthy articles--or, more important, to thank, implicitly, the writers and thinkers whose work influences me.
Beat-sweeteners, A Meditation
April 09, 2009
I've been following the blogosphere's discussion of beat-sweeteners these last few days with vague interest but little passion--my feeling is that you should judge a profile on whether it says something new and interesting, not whether it's favorable or unfavorable. (Within reason of course--no one wants to read an apologia for a genuine criminal, or a scathing indictment of someone who's blameless.) A profile can be damning and tedious, or positive and illuminating; the quality isn't necessarily tied to the light in which it casts the subject.