Washington

"By Doing Nothing in Syria, Obama Ensured That There Is Nothing We Can Do."
November 08, 2013

The grim morality of our realpolitik stance on Syria

Betsy Rothstein, Washington's Strangest Gossip, Does Not Explain Washington
November 07, 2013

Go ahead and try to use Betsy Rothstein as a lens to understand the capital. It can't be done.

The Truth About the Obamacare Rollout
The feds botched the website. But the states are doing much better.
October 18, 2013

The feds botched the website. But the states are doing much better. 

How Obama’s Take on a Football Team Name Explains His Presidency
October 06, 2013

Addressing the name of the Washington, D.C.

No, Washington, Syria is Actually Not All About You
September 06, 2013

In today’s paper, The Washington Post writes that President Obama has “staked the credibility of the United States—and his presidency—on his call for a military operation.” In the Wall Street Journal, Bill Galston warned more darkly of the consequenc

Which City Has the Most Status Anxiety?
July 26, 2013

An irregular video-interview series with New Republic Literary Editor Leon Wieseltier 

Queen of Suck-Up City
How the Obama administration fell prey to a very determined operator
July 16, 2013

How the Obama administration fell prey to a very determined operator.

The #ThisTown Hashtag Proves the Book's Point
July 15, 2013

Mark Leibovich's This Town, released tomorrow, is a chronicle of Washington, D.C.'s political-media class's unparalleled insideriness. Perhaps nothing proves the author's point more than the chatter surrounding the publication of the book.

Ratting Out Washington's Tiresome Anti-Baltimore Contempt
June 24, 2013

As someone who just moved back to Baltimore, where I lived for five years before spending the following six bouncing around greater Washington, I was glad to hear that the Washington Post, my former employer, had a big piece in its magazine about my

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