Washington

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.

In Fiscal Talks, It's Groundhog Day
December 20, 2012

Yes, the House Republican caucus is still crazy.

Susan Rice Isn’t Going Quietly
December 20, 2012

BY THE TIME Susan Rice withdrew her name from the running for secretary of state earlier this month, she had emerged in the media as one of Washington’s most nefarious personalities.

Are Democrats Reverting to Wimps?
December 19, 2012

In negotiations over the fiscal cliff and the filibuster, Democrats revert to their natural state: wimpy.

Meet John Lott, the Man Who Wants to Arm America's Teachers
December 19, 2012

He claims to be a rigorous academic. He's not.

Don't Let Chuck Hagel's Hardline Israel Critics Sink His Nomination
December 18, 2012

The former Republican senator deserves a fair shot to become the next Secretary of Defense.

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