Reasons Liberal Debate-Watchers Should Chill Out
October 09, 2012
Maybe liberal journalists should stay away from Twitter Thursday night.
Live, From 2012, It’s The Best Essays From 2011!
October 05, 2012
The Best American book series is valuable, but needs to be saved from its own outdatedness.
What's the Matter With Gallup?
September 24, 2012
The Gallup poll is leaning even further toward Romney than usual.
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.