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How Hip Cities Hurt The Democrats
June 08, 2012

There was a lot of chatter last week about an eye-opening New York Times piece by Sabrina Tavernise about the growing gap between the haves and have-nots when it comes to where the country’s young college graduates are choosing to live.

Where the Grads Are: Degree Attainment in Metro Areas
May 31, 2012

So if you haven’t found a job yet: You’re better off coming to the city than sitting on your parents’ couch. Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Remarks at the Cornell University 2012 Convocation, May 27, 2012 As another college graduation season draws to a close, today’s New York Times reports the results of a small analysis we conducted on college degree attainment rates in metropolitan areas. We examined the share of adults age 25 and over in the 100 largest U.S. metro areas who held at least a bachelor’s degree in 2010, versus in 1970.

Private Equity Ain’t No Reform Movement
May 22, 2012

New York Times columnist David Brooks, defending Mitt Romney against a new Romney-bashing ad from President Obama’s re-election campaign, describes private equity as a “reform movement”: "Forty years ago, corporate America was bloated, sluggish and losing ground to competitors in Japan and beyond. But then something astonishing happened. Financiers, private equity firms and bare-knuckled corporate executives initiated a series of reforms and transformations. The process was brutal and involved streamlining and layoffs.

Tuition Cost Control: Low-Hanging Fruit
May 15, 2012

Maybe this business of bringing tuition inflation under control will be easier than I thought. In the May 15 New York Times Andrew Martin reports on cost-control efforts underway at Ohio State University (and bully to the Times for refusing to call it, as the university prefers, "the Ohio State University"; simply shaving that pretentious "the" off its letterhead would surely save a few thousand). President E.

Who’s the Real Mitt Romney? Richard Grenell Has Taught Us
May 03, 2012

Who is the real Mitt Romney? Richard Grenell, the openly gay conservative who abruptly resigned as a Romney campaign spokesman, has answered that question for us. The latest media accounts of Grenell’s departure suggest that neither Romney nor his campaign advisers had a problem with Grenell’s homosexuality or even his support for gay marriage.

Does It Really Matter Who Bloomberg Endorses?
May 02, 2012

The Times has a piece today on the intense behind-the-scenes competition to seduce the Upper East Side’s favorite mayor—replete with secret meetings, intimate golf outings, and vice-presidential drop-bys. As the piece puts it: “Two presidential candidates who agree on very little, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, have reached a rare consensus: they are both determined to score the endorsement of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York.” The question is, er, why?

Let in the Riffraff: In Praise of the New York Public Library’s Renovation Plan
April 27, 2012

Over the past several months, there has been a biting back and forth over the New York Public Library’s planned renovation (the so-called Central Library Plan or CLP), which would close two midtown circulating libraries, open a circulating library within the main research library on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, and move several million books off-site to make way for new facilities.  It might be more accurate to say that there’s been a lot of pushing back and not much pressing forth. The plan has been criticized in The Nation, The Village Voice, The New York Times, and elsewhere.

Secret Service Sex: The TV Show
April 25, 2012

Two indicators I use to confirm whether a brewing government scandal is a trivial media circus are a.) Whether Mitt Romney feels inspired to utter the phrase "clean house"; and b.) Whether Sen.

Team Obama's Devious Bank Shot
April 23, 2012

So, according to the new CW, Team Obama is no longer portraying Mitt Romney as a convictionless panderer but as a Goldwater-esque extremist instead. As I noted in my own take on this question, that’s clearly the way to go here—Bill Clinton’s success with the strategy in 1996 speaks for itself. But I’d submit an added selling point that the coverage has so far ignored. The first-order benefit of the 1996 strategy is obvious: The right-wing views Romney has adopted will turn off women, independents, and Latinos, all of them key voting blocs.

Team Romney Rallies Around Carried Interest
March 05, 2012

It has been apparent for a while now that Mitt Romney’s candidacy is less than ideal for the one percent, or the one-tenth or one-hundredth of the one percent. It is one thing to have a candidate who is committed to promoting unjust tax policies that will help you and your fellow millionaires; it is another thing to have a candidate who benefits from those unjust policies, thus making himself a poster child for reform. Romney pays a federal income tax rate of only 14 percent on his income of more than $20 million per year because of two features of the tax code.