The Next Senator From Ny?
November 25, 2008

Thomas who? Chris Cilizza calls Thomas Suozzi the odds-on favorite to get Hillary's seat if she goes to State. This may be the only long magazine profile ever written about him. I can't say how credible a prediction that is. It does not appear, however, that Ben Smith's entertainingly mischievous Eliot Spitzer trial balloon has floated very high.  --Michael Crowley

The Return Of Sanford Weill
October 26, 2008

Here's one definition of chutzpah.  Or, more accurately, an exemplary instance of it: a young man murders both of his parents...and appeals to the judge in his trial for clemency on the grounds that he's an orphan. Sanford Weill's brazen instance of chutzpah is of a different sort.   He's an expert at screwing up all sorts of financial institutions (after making billions from them).

More On Bill
January 27, 2008

Noam, I guess I'm still not convinced by the notion that, as a former POTUS, Bill has an overaching obligation to referee intra-party fights in some netural way. As to the idea that Bill is more like a plaintiff's husband serving as judge, well, aren't the voters the judge? And in a way, Bill himself has been on trial here. Obama frequently complains about problems that didn't get fixed in the 90s and implies that the Clinton political machine is hopelessly corrupted by special interests. Doesn't Bill get to defend himself? Or maybe the idea is that Hillary can do all the defending.

Rock Bottom
November 26, 2007

Earlier I alluded to David Samuels' dreadful profile of Condoleezza Rice in The Atlantic last year, but now it seems that Samuels has topped himself with a disgraceful and incoherent piece on the state of American Jewry. After classily referring to the "less-evolved" parts of the world, Samuels jumps right into his thesis, which is that American Jews are under constant attack: Yes, Jewish life in America remains a flowering paradise compared with the realities of being a Jew in contemporary Britain or France. But it is impossible to ignore the fact that America has changed, too.

Your Classy Bush Administration

Or: How the White House decides who gets jobs--from that great piece on torture in this morning's Times: Among his first tasks at the Justice Department was to find a trusted chief for the Office of Legal Counsel. First he informed Daniel Levin, the acting head who had backed Mr. Goldsmith's dissents and signed the new opinion renouncing torture, that he would not get the job. He encouraged Mr. Levin to take a position at the National Security Council, in effect sidelining him.Mr. Bradbury soon emerged as the presumed favorite. But White House officials, still smarting from Mr.

Write Your Own Punchline

The New York Sun, noted for its outside-the-box thinking a while back when it published an editorial arguing that Dick Cheney would make a strong presidential contender, is at it again. This time it's a review, by Ira Stoll, of Stephen Hayes's hagiograpic Cheney. Stoll enthuses: My own guess - okay, hope - is that Mr. Cheney has taken a look at the Republican presidential field and sees an opening.

On Siegelman

Before we turn former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman into a liberal icon, a few words of caution. While I don't find it hard to believe that there was some Rove-an conspiracy behind his prosecution--and, if accusations of that conspiracy turn out to be true, then Siegelman's conviction should be thrown out--the guy was a bad governor. On the issue in Alabama that liberals should care most about--which is the state's highly regressive tax code--Siegelman didn't lift a finger.

Jesse And Charles
June 04, 2007

As all of the news services have reported, Charles Taylor did not show today up at the opening session of his trial for war crimes at the Hague. He was once an ally of the United States, and it was precisely at the time when--as the prosecutors charge--he was tyrannizing his country by mass murder, mass rape and mass mutilation of body and limb. And soul, too. Ryan Lizza told the story first--in The New Republic, as it happens--of how the Clinton administration coddled Taylor through the years of his most brutal rule.

Charles Taylor Skips His Day In Court
June 04, 2007

The war crimes trial of Charles Taylor gets off to a predictably rocky start. --Jason Zengerle

Libby's Sword
March 11, 2007

By Stanley I. Kutler I. Lewis Libby's conviction for obstruction of justice and perjury has left a wake of unresolved questions. For one, we have Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's curious refusal to move against Richard Armitage, who acknowledged he was the original leaker in the case. Armitage, of course, is that invaluable Washington commodity--he leaks. More in question are Fitzgerald's unwillingness to secure an indictment of Karl Rove, and his failure to call Vice President Richard Cheney as a witness.