Washington

The Real Fiscal-Cliff Message Starbucks Should Put on Its Coffee Cups
December 26, 2012

Who stands in the way of a deal on the 'fiscal cliff'? Hint, it's one party, not both of them...

Republicans are Scorpions, Democrats are Frogs (and What this Means for the Fiscal Talks)
December 23, 2012

How the fiscal cliff negotiations resemble the (slightly altered) tale of the scorpion and the frog.

Inside the NRA's Zany Press Conference
December 21, 2012

TV viewers saw a single rambling man at a podium. But at the NRA's disastrous press conference about Newtown, there was so much more crazy on display.

The NRA's Emperor Has No Clothes
December 21, 2012

Watching today's press conference by the NRA, one couldn't but think: Washington has been cowering in fear of THESE GUYS?

Boehner’s Plan B Didn’t Fix Our Budget's Biggest Problem—But Neither Will Obama’s
December 21, 2012

Both plans jeopardize America's ability to invest in its future.

Why Is Ben Bernanke The Only Man in Washington Who Cares About Jobs?
December 21, 2012

JARED BERNSTEIN, a Washington wonk and former economic adviser to Joe Biden, recently posed an interesting question. Why is it, Bernstein asked on his blog, that the only part of the government acting with any urgency to ease joblessness—the economic problem affecting the greatest number of Americans—is the unelected Federal Reserve? Bernstein was referring to Chairman Ben Bernanke’s announcement that the Fed would keep interest rates close to zero as long as unemployment remained above 6.5 percent.

The Last Men
December 21, 2012

Charlie Troop had six months to save a forgotten Afghan district. But what, and who, would they leave behind?

How One Woman Made Budget Scolding Chic
December 21, 2012

IN SEPTEMBER of 2011, a fortyish budget connoisseur named Maya MacGuineas was feeling demoralized. She couldn’t believe that Congress and the president had nearly let the country default on its debt rather than reach a major deficit-cutting deal the previous summer. So she did what she had become unofficially famous for in the wonk circles of Washington: She threw a glamorous dinner party. MacGuineas’s friend, Virginia Senator Mark Warner, agreed to open his Alexandria estate to a coterie of bold-faced names.

Lincoln in Hollywood, from Griffith to Spielberg
December 21, 2012

Spielberg's film ought to put an end to the Lost Cause mythology.

Borking Around
December 20, 2012

Bork—and his video rental history—was this writer's Watergate.

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