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The Nationals Make the Playoffs! A View from New York
September 21, 2012

A Washington sports fan had to go to New York to become a fan of the playoff-bound Washington Nationals.

The Aimless Career of James Carter IV
September 20, 2012

Before Jimmy Carter's grandson found the secret Romney video, he was a drifting, unmotivated policy researcher. Now, he's found his calling.

Russia’s Wild Fantasies of an All-Powerful State Department
September 17, 2012

When journalist Arkady Mamontov aired his television exposé on Pussy Riot last week, the central question was who was behind their riotous performance? Mamontov’s investigation yielded two culprits: oligarch-in-exile Boris Berezovsky, and “some Americans” who hired Pussy Riot and choreographed their act in order to corrupt the souls of Russian youth. Mamontov didn’t need to spell out who those Americans were; everyone watching got the message anyway.

Why the New Pre-9/11 Disclosures Matter
September 11, 2012

If nothing else, the NYT report today of additional pre-9/11 warnings about Al Qaeda serves to puncture our disconcerting national amnesia.

The Trouble with Measuring 'Tweets Per Minute'
September 07, 2012

All those election-night references to Tweets Per Minute? Here's why they don't tell us much

Slouching Towards Charlotte: The Alienating Spectacle That is the Democratic Convention
September 05, 2012

CHARLOTTE—For me, who had never been to a convention until I arrived in Charlotte Monday night, and who had never been a straight political journalist until I felt compelled to act like one because I was suddenly surrounded by them, the problem of watching a speech from the convention floor, is the problem of the convention generally: With so much manufactured spectacle right up in your face, and so much interpretative press machinery grinding away loudly on every side, you don’t know where to look, or how to look, or even if you’re actually there at all.

Michelle Obama’s Most Important Title Really Is Mom-in-Chief
September 05, 2012

Michelle Obama has been the most active Fisrt Lady in memory. She can only do that by being "Mom-in-Chief."

Kal Penn’s Pitch to the Youngfolk: Tin-Eared, On-Message
September 05, 2012

Kal Penn goes after the youth vote for Obama, with mixed results.

Europe on 5 GB a Day: What Does It Mean When Smartphones Replace Travel Guides?
August 27, 2012

Google might be the first to kill a travel publisher's print edition, but it likely won't be the last. Is there anything you can't do with an app?

The Tweeps on the Bus
August 24, 2012

BuzzFeed constructs its political content for the Twitter-fied world.

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