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Americans Still Driving Less
December 18, 2009

Just about one year ago, Rob Puentes and I published a white paper entitled ‘The Road… Less Traveled.’ As the title suggests, our research found that

Today At TNR (December 18, 2009)
December 18, 2009

Washington Diarist: Ahmadinejad’s Giggle and Obama’s Cool, by Leon Wieseltier A Blueprint for 2010: How Democrats Can Make Next Year Better Than the Last, by William Galston Does Obama Need 67 Votes For A Climate Treaty? Not Necessarily. by Michael A. Livermore A Closer Look at Hillary’s $100-Billion Copenhagen Pledge, by Bradford Plumer SLIDESHOW: The Tiny Island Nations That Don’t Want to Get Swept Away by Global Warming, by Noah Kristula-Green The Most Dangerous Word in the English Language Starts With the Letter ‘E’, by John B.

Today at TNR (December 17, 2009)
December 17, 2009

Why an American President Should Never Let the Word ‘Evil’ Cross His Lips, by John B. Judis From the Dept. of Early Bungling: Obama’s Misguided Selection of Judges, by David Fontana On Health Care, the Left Is Playing With Fire, by Jonathan Cohn Has Goldman Sachs Suddenly Lost its Soul? Or Was it Already Gone? by Noam Scheiber Dubya, the Democratic Party Turns Its Lonely Eyes to You, by E.J. Dionne Jr. By Zeus! How Freaked Should We Be by Greece’s Financial Collapse?

Barack Obama's Wisdom About Islam: Good Multicultural News
December 07, 2009

In my last Spine, I had the temerity to question the president's knowledge of the Arabs and the world of Islam. In fact, I had the temerity to question his knowledge vis-à-vis my own. Why don't you be the judge of our wisdoms! I have to admit that his is quite cheery and assuring. Mine is rather grim. The contrast between us about the Muslim orbit couldn't be sharper. Obama's view of this is almost Panglossian, which is heroic because he is a dumping ground for almost all of the world's bad news. The litany I mustered of this bad news was, after all, culled from only a very few days.

The Next Paris Hilton?
November 25, 2009

Last week, I clicked over to the CNN home page and there, in a rundown of the day’s most important news, I saw a headline announcing that Nicole Richie had pneumonia. I immediately thought of Sarah Palin: I fully expect that, five or ten or 15 years from now, I’ll be reading a similar headline about her.  That’s not because I wish pneumonia on Palin. Nor do I think any of her future illnesses will be newsworthy--like, say, the illness of an important politician would be. The notion that she has a future in electoral politics outside of Alaska (and probably not even there) is absurd.

My Dinner With Sotomayor
November 20, 2009

Well, not exactly. Ben Smith blogs my tweet about dining two tables away from the newest Justice at the modest but nice ($20 entrees), Brooklyn restaurant Po last night. Which is not a shocker, as Sotomayor once lived in the surrounding Carroll Gardens neighborhood. She was eating with two dignified-looking women perhaps in their mid-to-late fifties--and forgot her purse, which her security detail returned for about half an hour later. For what it's worth, after nearly eighteen months in New York I've had disappointingly few celebrity sightings.

Social Media Interns at TNR
October 14, 2009

The magazine is currently looking for two college students or recent graduates who are web savvy and interested in helping TNR increase its reach on the web. Internships are unpaid but offer substantial experience in both the production and marketing of a daily online publication. Interns must be able to work in our Washington DC office, and a full-time commitment is preferred. Responsibilities include: Creating and/or maintaining our presence on various social media platforms.

Social Media Positions at TNR
September 08, 2009

The magazine is currently looking for two college students or recent graduates who are web savvy and interested in helping TNR increase its reach on the web. Internships are unpaid but offer substantial experience in both the production and marketing of a daily online publication. Interns must be able to work in our Washington DC office, and a full-time commitment is preferred.

Live, Uh, Tweeting The Climate Debate...
June 26, 2009

All right, following Jon Cohn's fearless lead, I'm trying an experiment: I'll be watching the climate bill debate in the House all afternoon and covering it on (oh yes) Twitter. Feed's at @bradplumer. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Twitter Vindicated?
June 17, 2009

Andrew responds to my complaint, citing Joshua Kucera's fact-checking, about Twitter's accuracy. Score a point for Andrew/Twitter on the specific example about crowd sizes, although I'm still a Twitter skeptic. (My sense is that many other tweets have generated a lot more smoke than light--including one I saw a couple of days ago confidently predicting a phony assassination attempt on Ahmadinejad.) I suppose that so long as people take these reports with a grain of salt there's no great harm done.

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