American Daily: May 16, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

16 May 2012



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Blogbook: May 15, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

15 May 2012


  • Gay marriage won't harm Obama's support among black voters, says Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • Are the Sunday talk shows ignoring Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein?
  • JPMorgan Chase's big derivatives loss shows markets need to be regulated, says Jared Bernstein.
  • Should the NHL bother with the sunbelt?
  • Red state parents give their babies different names to blue state parents.

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Blogbook: May 14, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

14 May 2012



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Blogbook: May 10, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

10 May 2012


  • Will Senator Dick Lugar's primary loss lead to a greater systemic crisis?
  • Lugar's vanquisher, Richard Mourdock, has a strange idea of bipartisanship.
  • America needs to treat tourists better, says Matt Yglesias.
  • How low would the unemployment rate be without government job cuts?
  • The Avengers: "a post-9/11 revenge fantasy."

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Blogbook: May 9, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

9 May 2012


  • The Senate has changed since the days of Lyndon Johnson, says Ezra Klein.
  • Will Mitt Romney be hurt by the unpopularity of Congressional Republicans?
  • You can't take the politics out of politics, says Jamelle Bouie.
  • American food changes when it leaves America, Ted Burnham discovers.
  • Charlotte has shown how sprawling cities can nurture thriving downtowns, says Tom Eitler.

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Blogbook, May 8, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

8 May 2012


  • Obama has no real advantage in the electoral college, says Steve Kornacki.
  • Has Ben Bernanke run out of ways to help the economy?
  • Why is the Obama administration cracking down on medical marijuana?
  • The Pentagon stopped working on The Avengers because it was too unrealistic.
  • Gary Johnson is the Libertarian Party's strongest candididate yet, says Conor Friedersdorf.

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Blogbook: May 7, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

7 May 2012



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Blogbook: May 4, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

4 May 2012


  • The Richard Grenell resignation says a lot about Mitt Romney, says Jonathan Cohn.
  • Today's jobs report will probably be lousy, reports Brian Beutler.
  • Al Qaeda: terrible at media.
  • On Afghanistan, Obama has changed since 2008, but not too much.
  • Matt Yglesias explains why everyone in politics thinks everyone else is extreme.

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Blogbook: May 3, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

3 May 2012


  • How does Mitt Romney's platform compare to that of George W. Bush in 2000?
  • Why isn't Barack Obama more unpopular?
  • What if realists were in charge of American foreign policy?
  • Can a bad economy in his first year in office help a president get re-elected?
  • Is Obama using the death of Osama bin Laden to end the Afghanistan War?

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Blogbook: May 2, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

2 May 2012


  • Newt Gingrich's campaign: "More endings than The Return of the King."
  • Who won the Ron Paul v Paul Krugman debate?
  • Michael Lind on the economic influence of government and technology in US history.
  • Federal politicians shouldn't ignore state and local governments, says Ed Kilgore.
  • The cast of The West Wing re-unites for one final walk-and-talk.

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Blogbook: May 1, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

1 May 2012



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Blogbook: April 30, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

30 April 2012


  • Where will money will have the biggest effect on elections? Congress.
  • New York Times writer discovers Colorado has history.
  • Television has a history of whitewashing New York, writes Cord Jefferson.
  • Which region of America produces the most NFL players?
  • Will Manhattanites accept gold as currency?

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Blogbook: April 27, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

27 April 2012


  • Jennifer Rubin's not impressed by talk of a Romney/Condi ticket.
  • Fergus Hanson reviews Bob Carr's first major Washington address.
  • A draft wouldn't keep America out of war, says Spencer Ackerman.
  • What does Ryan Seacrest's celebrity say about America?
  • Veep veep Selina Meyer contributes to the Huffington Post.

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Blogbook: April 26, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

26 April 2012



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Blogbook: April 24, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

24 April 2012


  • Matt Glassman on what liberals miss about polarisation.
  • Marty Lederman on what critics of Obama's use of executive power miss.
  • Running mates don't give much of a home state advantage, says Nate Silver.
  • The Supremes punt on the constitutionality of New York City rent control.
  • Should America ditch the dollar bill?

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Blogbook: April 23, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

23 April 2012


  • Obama's campaign strategy has turned Clintonian, says Noam Scheiber.
  • Will Wilkinson wonders why wealthy Americans don't voluntarily pay higher taxes.
  • The right should rebuke anti-gay conservatives, says Jennifer Rubin.
  • Don't look to Gary Johnson to shake up the race, warns Patrick Caldwell.
  • Jordan Weissman reveals Florida's "rent-a-cow" tax loophole.

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Blogbook: April 20, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

20 April 2012


  • The Afghanistan War has not been a failure, argues Nick Bryant.
  • Who would a President Romney nominate to the Supreme Court?
  • Remember the grand third party project, Americans Elect? Dave Weigel checks in.
  • Do stay-at-home moms work? Money and marriage make the difference, says Katha Pollitt.
  • Seattle is repainting its Space Needle "galaxy gold" to celebrate the tower's 50th birthday.

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Blogbook: April 19, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

19 April 2012


  • The US does not have a deficit problem, says David Frum.
  • Obama has an early lead over Romney on the campaign ground game, says Micah Cohen.
  • A Dem bill stoking the "War on moms" controversy is politically tone deaf, says Kevin Drum.
  • Atlanta is a model for Southern cities looking to go green, says Emily Badger.
  • Why don't presidents have beards any more?

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Blogbook: April 18, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

18 April 2012


  • No one should be surprised Romney's poll numbers are improving, says Jennifer Rubin.
  • Geoff Dyer sees opportunity for the US in North Korea's failed missile launch.
  • The Republican Party is the most conservative it has been in a century.
  • The US gets better value from its big cities than other countries, says Brad Plumer.
  • And Will Oremus wonders why conservative cities tend not to be walkable.

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Blogbook: April 17, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

17 April 2012


  • Jennifer Rubin looks at the woman leading the hunt for Romney's running mate.
  • The electoral map looks good for Obama, says Paul Waldman.
  • Fake controversies can be dangerous, says Brendan Nyhan.
  • Spencer Ackerman's unimpressed by the name of a new Navy vessel: the U.S.S. Lyndon Johnson.
  • George Washinton signed a law that mandated purchases, says Einer Elhauge.

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Blogbook: April 16, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

16 April 2012


  • Lawrence Lessig suggest why Justice Scalia might vote to uphold Obamacare.
  • Why do medical marijuana groups oppose a measure to legalise weed in Washington?
  • Matt Glassman defends political tribalism.
  • K. Scott Krieder on the man who's trying to save Detroit with art.
  • Dave Weigel matches the GOP candidates with their pop music equivalents.

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Blogbook: April 13, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

13 April 2012


  • Journalists do a poor job of reporting vice-presidential picks, says Walter Shapiro.
  • Mitt Romney won't have a problem winning over Santorum voters, says Joshua Tucker.
  • If Romney loses, the Republican Party will go moderate in 2016, predicts Daniel Larison.
  • Zerlina Maxwell looks at what comes now George Zimmerman has been charged with murder.
  • Alyssa Rosenberg traces Hillary Clinton's journey to cool.

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Blogbook: April 12, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

12 April 2012


  • Rick Santorum doesn't have a clear future direction, says Nate Silver.
  • The Trayon Martin case is about police failure, not race, says Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • Gabriel Arana recounts his experience using therapy to "treat" his homosexuality.
  • Erin Riley on why Mitt Romney might not choose Paul Ryan as VP.
  • Revealed: The "Fox News mole."
     

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Blogbook: April 11, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

11 April 2012


  • Rick Santorum dropping out was "inevitable" says Erick Erickson.
  • Dave Weigel grades the Santorum campaign.
  • Politico lists the top ten Santorum quotes.
  • Tom vanderbilt asks why Americans walk so infrequently.
  • Texts From Hillary update: Now features one from the real Clinton!

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Blogbook: April 5, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

5 April 2012


  • A Bush administration official says the CIA committed war crimes, reports Spencer Ackerman.
  • Inexperienced vice-presidential picks have a poor track record, says Jon Bernstein.
  • Mitt Romney's a generic candidate, says Steve Kornacki — and that could hurt him.
  • Joey Fishkin says the Supremes can strike down the individual mandate but leave Obamacare intact.
  • Bill Kristol says Romney is the nominee and Santorum should stop attacking him. 

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Blogbook: April 4, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

4 April 2012


  • Romney has begun winning over Santorum's core constituency, writes Jay Cost.
  • The right wasn't as powerful in the GOP primaries as it hoped, says Dave Weigel.
  • The GOP can't play the patriotism card on foreign policy anymore, says Jacob Heilbrunn.
  • John Metcalfe catalogues April Fools Day pranks played by American cities.
  • DC is the last bastion of the BlackBerry, writes Cecilia Kang.

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Blogbook: April 3, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

3 April 2012



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Blogbook: April 2, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

2 April 2012



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Blogbook: March 30, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

30 March 2012


  • America's recovery has been better than the UK's. Suzy Khimm explains why.
  • A victory on Obamacare won't solve the GOP's health care problem, says David Frum.
  • Has the court challenge been helpful for a future single payer system?
  • Polls show Obama's approval is now higher than his disapproval rating,  reports Jon Bernstein.
  • John Metcalfe catalogue the imaginary monsters of America's cities.

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Blogbook: March 29, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

29 March 2012



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Blogbook: March 28, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

28 March 2012


  • Ryan Lizza tracks how Obama changed his mind on the health care mandate.
  • The Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare will be a photo finish, says Dahlia Lithwick.
  • It's a toss-up, says Orin Kerr, and today was a good day for the law's opponents.
  • Brian Beutler has some comfort for the law's supporters.
  • National Geographic maps America's most common surnames.

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Blogbook: March 27, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

27 March 2012


  • If Republicans lose on health care in the courts, they'll win at the ballot box, predicts Jennifer Rubin.
  • Greg Sargent has a guide to decoding the arguments the Supreme Court will hear this week.
  • Trayvon Martin's Twitter feed isn't actually incriminating, says Dave Weigel.
  • Obama was recorded telling the Russian president he'd have "more flexibility" after the next election.
  • Contemporary political debates make Mad Men's sexism seem familiar, says Amanda Marcotte.

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Blogbook: March 26, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

26 March 2012


  • Sabato's Crystal Ball has everything you need to know about November's Senate races.
  • Sarah Kliff has put together a guide to this week's Supreme Court health care hearing.
  • Obama's comments on Trayvon Martin mark a turning point in his presidency, says Major Garrett.
  • Obama has embraced the Obamacare label.
  • Matt Yglesias analyses the economics of The Hunger Games.

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Blogbook: March 23, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

23 March 2012


  • Stephen Walt lists the top 10 lessons from the Iraq War.
  • The police chief investigating the death of Trayvon Martin has stepped aside.
  • Richard Florida catalogues the cities with the fastest job growth in America.
  • The Occupy movement must make demands if it is to continue, says Rick Perlstein.
  • Etch-a-Sketch stocks are up, thanks to a Romney campaign gaffe, reports Ezra Klein.

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Blogbook: March 22, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

22 March 2012


  • GOP comments on Sonia Sotomayer might cost the party Latino votes, says Jamelle Bouie.
  • Bound delegates aren't as bound as you might think, says Jeff Greenfield.
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be privatised sooner or later, says Suzy Khimm.
  • Obama will be the last Democratic president not to support gay marriage, predicts Paul Waldman.
  • Is a Detroit developer too tacky to revitalise the declining Midwestern city?

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Blogbook: March 21, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

21 March 2012


  • In Illinois, Romney "wins by not losing," says Howard Kurtz.
  • Ezra Klein explains why you shouldn't trust the figures in Paul Ryan's new budget.
  • Daniel Larison thinks Marco Rubio would be a poor running mate.
  • Automatic defence cuts aren't looking so automatic, finds Dave Weigel.
  • Ann Coulter has begun attacking her own side, says Conor Friedersdorf.

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Blogbook: March 20, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

20 March 2012


  • Molly Ball asks if Romney has run a poor campaign.
  • Things look grim for Santorum in Illinois, says Nate Silver.
  • Jonathan Cohn reports experts' predictions on the Supreme's health care ruling.
  • Greg Sargent sheds some light on why Obama focused on the deficit so heavily last year.
  • Al Qaeda has a "dog food problem" says Adam Serwer.

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Blogbook: March 19, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

19 March 2012


  • Michael O'Brien says the Republicans' 2012 will not be like the Democrats' 2008.
  • The housing bubble increased segregation, reports Suzy Khimm.
  • Asks Aaron Blake: Does Barack Obama also have a turnout problem?
  • Asks Alec MacGillis: Is the GOP too Southern for the South? 
  • The next generation of progressives doesn't identify itself as Democrats, says Rick Perlstein.

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Blogbook: March 16, 2012

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16 March 2012



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Blogbook: March 15, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

15 March 2012


  • David Merritt says Republicans should start cooperating on Obamacare.
  • Benedict Coleridge says US politicians appeal to goodness, not just efficiency.
  • The GOP race has so far been shaped by demography, says Sean Trende.
  • How conservative are California conservatives? Matt Glassman investigates.
  • Americans don't even agree on the same facts, says Larry Bartels.

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Blogbook: March 14, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

14 March 2012


  • Matt Lewis says Gingrich should drop out after losses in Mississippi and Alabama.
  • Alex Massie says US policy on Afghanistan revolves around one question.
  • Suzy Khimm finds Americans hate regulations until you ask them about specifics.
  • Greg Sargent thinks he's found a new issue that will divide the GOP.
  • Al Kamen thinks Romney might have given Obama a shot at winning Arizona.

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Blogbook: March 13, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

13 March 2012


  • A massacre in Afghanistan has turned some GOP candidates against the war, reports Spencer Ackerman.
  • American opposition to the war is a good thing for Obama, says Jon Bernstein.
  • Mitt Romney is now eligible for Medicare, but he hasn't signed up, reports Julie Rovner.
  • Nick Bryant finds the Al Gore in Mitt Romney.
  • Olvier Wang discusses what Jeremy Lin means for Asian Americans.

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Blogbook: March 12, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

12 March 2012


  • Another good jobs report has further improved Obama's standing, says Jon Chait.
  • Illinois is the next big contest in the GOP primary, says Dave Weigel.
  • The delegate math facing Rick Santorum is daunting, argues Nate Silver.
  • Ben Bernanke should be more like Tigger, say Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers.
  • A new paper suggests health care reform cost Democrats the House.

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Blogbook: March 9, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

9 March 2012


  • The National Journal handicaps the veepstakes.
  • Timothy Noah suggests one the Journal missed: Rick Santorum.
  • Red states suffer more from high gas prices, Brad Plumber reports.
  • The Sarah Palin narrative in "Game Change" says nothing new, says Alyssa Rosenberg.
  • Juli Weiner describes the political generation raised by "The West Wing."

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Blogbook: March 8, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

8 March 2012


  • Mitt Romney is winning the GOP race, says Alex Pareene.
  • Rick Santorum is the GOP's future, says Ross Douthat.
  • Economists failed to respond to the financial crisis, says Paul Krugman.
  • Political failure exacerbated the recession, says Ezra Klein.
  • Kevin Drum suspects liberals are re-discovering the politics of emotion.

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Blogbook: March 7, 2012

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7 March 2012



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Blogbook: March 6, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

6 March 2012


  • Spencer Ackerman reports the Administration's rationale for killing Americans overseas.
  • Pete Spiliakos explains why Santorum keeps stumbling.
  • Micah Cohen looks at the candidates' chances in the caucus states.
  • Jon Chait describes Mitt Romney's history of endorsing Obamacare.
  • Barack Obama vs "Parks and Recreation" star Aziz Ansari.

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Blogbook: March 5, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

5 March 2012


  • Obama: More austere than Reagan, says Paul Krugman.
  • Super Tuesday is unlikely to derail Romney's path to victory, says Ross Douthat.
  • Romney's victory in Washington shows how he can win the nomination, says Nate Silver.
  • John Cassidy wonders what Newt Gingrich is trying to achieve.
  • Victoria McNally lists American TV's most racially stereotypical characters.

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Blogbook: March 2, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

2 March 2012


  • Rick Santorum has never been popular among Catholics, says Ed Kilgore.
  • Matt Glassman considers what makes a presidential election consequential.
  • Congress is trying to give the Navy more ships than it wants, reports Spencer Ackerman.
  • An increase in car sales is good news for the economy, says Mike Konczal.
  • Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart passed away yesterday. Conor Friedersdorf eulogises him.

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Blogbook: March 1, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

1 March 2012


  • Nate Silver says Dems have a good chance of picking up Olympia Snowe's Senate seat.
  • Republicans are souring on the design of their primary calendar, says Benjy Sarlin.
  • Michael Levi considers how much rising gas prices could hurt the economy.
  • Chas Freeman, Nixon's translator, recalls Nixon's 1972 visit to China.
  • Men still outnumber women in the media landscape, finds a study by VIDA.

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Blogbook: February 29, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

29 February 2012


  • A bipartisan proposal: America should balance its budget with a price on carbon.
  • A deadlocked convention won't necessarily lead to a dark horse winner, says Matt Glassman.
  • Alexandra Petri sums up US politics in Venn diagram form.
  • Why is the State of California so happy about the Facebook IPO?
  • A lawsuit filed in Alaska challenges Obama's re-election... because he's a "mulatto.

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Blogbook: February 27, 2012

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27 February 2012



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Blogbook: February 24, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

24 February 2012


  • Gay folks are making gains at the same time as women are losing them, writes E.J. Graff.
  • There's little evidence that negative advertisements are effective, says John Sides.
  • Greg Sargent suspects Romney's praise of Arizona's immigration law could cost him Latino support.
  • Obama's opponents continue making him the subject of "paranoid fantasies," says E.J. Dionne.
  • Did a Romney-affiliated SuperPAC break the law?

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Blogbook: February 23, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

23 February 2012


  • The losers of the latest GOP debate? Republican voters, says Jonathan Bernstein.
  • It'd be a bad idea for talk radio hosts to moderate GOP debate, says Conor Friedersdorf.
  • Ben Howe says conservatives need to change their rhetoric on taxation.
  • Can Mitt Romney break what Abby Ohlheiser calls the "Hoover curse"?
  • An Eric Cantor staffer finds a "secret room" in the Capitol building.

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Blogbook: February 22, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

22 February 2012


  • Mitt Romney and Ron Paul: BFFs.
  • Tyler Cowen considers why conservatives tend to oppose monetary expansion.
  • Jonathan Bernstein explains why delegate counts are so imprecise.
  • Rick Santorum has a problems attracting women voters, writes Ron Elving.
  • Mitt Romney isn't a robot, thinks Conor Friedersdorf — he doesn't pander well enough.

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Blogbook: February 21, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

21 February 2012


  • There's no such thing as the "Catholic vote," says Ed Kilgore.
  • Romney's polling is improving in Michigan, says Ed Morrissey, but not at Santorum's expense.
  • Asks Emily Badger: Why have Americans stopped rioting?
  • David Frum imagines presidencies that might have been.
  • Matt Glassman doesn't like Presidents Day.

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Blogbook: February 20, 2012

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20 February 2012



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Blogbook: February 17, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

17 February 2012


  • Republicans are showing themselves to be tone deaf on contraception, says Andrew Sullivan.
  • The contraception debate might be boosting Obama's support among unmarried women, says Greg Sargent.
  • Senator Richard Burr tells Sarah Kliff about his proposal for Medicare reform.
  • Jonathan Cohn thinks Mitt Romney home state advantage in Michigan is overrated.
  • More on the "mediocre" Bartlet presidency from "West Wing" writer Lawrence O'Donnell.

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Blogbook: February 16, 2012

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16 February 2012



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Blogbook: February 15, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

15 February 2012


  • The tax and spending figures in Obama's budget don't add up, says Keith Hennessey.
  • The compromise on contraceptives didn't win over Republicans, says Sarah Kliff.
  • High gas prices might not affect the economy as much as in previous years, says Ryan Avent.
  • Local economic conditions don't influence presidential elections much, says John Sides.
  • Michigan voters don't like an anti-Chinese ad promoting Pete Hoekstra, says Dave Weigel.

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Blogbook: February 14, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

14 February 2012


  • The Pentagon wants $3 billion to fight a war Obama says has ended, writes Spencer Ackerman.
  • House Republicans offered to extend the payroll tax cut to the end of the year, reports Brian Beutler.
  • Alyssa Rosenberg has some advice for men writing about women's health policy.
  • Romney needs some enthusiastic supporters if he wants to win in Michigan, says Nate Silver.
  • But nobody's particularly enthusiastic about this election, says Andrew Sullivan.

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Blogbook: February 13, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

13 February 2012


  • Republicans are losing their credibility on defence issues, argues George F. Will.
  • Molly Ball discerns the appeal of Rick Santorum.
  • American Review's James Fallows takes questions from Reddit users.
  • Funny or Die reveals the Republican candidates' Netflix queues.
  • Ann Powers eulogises Whitney Houston.

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Blogbook: February 10, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

10 February 2012


  • Hugh White and Malcolm Cook debate American decline and Chinese power.
  • Sarah Kliff speculates on why the White House courted controversy on contraception.
  • At CPAC, a professional pick-up artist provided young Republicans with dating tips.
  • Nancy Pelosi cuts a commercial denouncing superPACs and Stephen Colbert.
  • Victoria McNally lists some of the wacky reasons foreign countries ban US films.

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Blogbook: February 9, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

9 February 2012


  • Seth Masket explains how Rick Santorum won Colorado.
  • Is the White House trying to hurt Mitt Romney's standing with social conservatives?
  • An Oklahoma state senator proposes protection for sperm in a "personhood" bill.
  • Jon Bernstein catches a GOP senator implying Obama's recess appointments were legit. 
  • Is a US commander right to say more suicide bombings in Afghanistan is a sign of US success?

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Blogbook: February 8, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

8 February 2012


  • After three losses yesterday, Romney plans on getting tough on Santorum, reports Rachel Streitfeld.
  • The Ninth Circuit Court's ruling on Prop 8 was aimed at Justice Kennedy, says Rick Hasen.
  • Americans opposed to contraception are driven by ideology, not religion, argues Kevin Drum.
  • "Second City" parodies the Chrysler Super Bowl commercial, complete with a swipe at Romney.
  • American Review is now on Tumblr

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Blogbook: February 7, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

7 February 2012


  • This year's Super Bowl scandal: Half time performer M.I.A. gave 152 million viewers the finger.
  • This year's Super Bowl scandal II: Was Clint Eastwood's Chrysler commercial a political ad?
  • Voters are increasingly polarised, says Ryan Lizza, so who are the true swing voters?
  • If Romney loses the GOP nomination, says Nate Silver, it will be due to lack of support in the Midwest.
  • Josh Kraushaar has a good sign for Obama: He's gaining support from working class whites.

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Blogbook: February 6, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

6 February 2012


  • A new study shows that Obama has governed as a moderate, says Paul Krugman.
  • Jennifer Rubin declares Newt Gingrich's campaign to be finished.
  • Whether the US is in decline depends on what decline means, says Michael Beckley.
  • Stephen Marche hails the esteemed tradition of the Super Bowl commercial.
  • Cord Jefferson defends Los Angeles.

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Blogbook: February 3, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

3 February 2012


  • Eric Holder was grilled by Congress yesterday over the growing "gunwalking" scandal.
  • The Komen/Planned Parenthood furore is more complex than it appears, finds Sarah Kliff.
  • A new report finds racial segregation is declining. John McWhorter dissects its findings.   
  • The Gingrich campaign in Nevada is a bit of a mess, reports Amy Gardner.
  • Alex Pareene explains why it's too late for a new GOP presidential candidate to enter the race.

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Blogbook: February 2, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

2 February 2012


  • Nick Bryant recounts the history of declinist rhetoric from presidential candidates.
  • The Mitt Romney-endorsed policy of "self-deportation" began as a joke, says Robert Mackey.
  • Nate Berg lists the top five US cities for gang violence.
  • Matt Yglesias on how the NFL uses trademark law to interfere with free speech.
  • ?uestlove explains the social significance of recently deceased "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius.

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Blogbook: February 1, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

1 February 2012


  • The GOP race isn't over, but the end is near, says Erick Erickson.
  • Turnout was down in the Florida primary as compared to 2008, finds Nate Silver. 
  • A cancer charity parts ways with Planned Parenthood. Jezebel smells anti-abortion influence. 
  • Republicans won't have a problem with Romney's Mormonism, predicts Rick Perlstein. 
  • Racialicious examines the subtext of the Jan Brewer/Barack Obama confrontation.

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Blogbook: January 31, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

31 January 2012



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Blogbook: January 30, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

30 January 2012


  • American Review's James Fallows annotates the State of the Union speech.
  • Tea Partiers in Florida like Rick Santorum best of the GOP nominees, reports Alexis Levinson.
  • Politico interviews Harrison Tyler, the 84 year old grandson of tenth President John Tyler.
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates asks if Ron Paul is right that the Civil War could have been avoided. (Pts II and III).
  • Matt Gaffney figures out the most famous celebrities according to the New York Times crossword.

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Blogbook: January 27, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

27 January 2012


  • PM Carpenter on the latest GOP debate: Good night for Romney, bad for Gingrich.
  • Zeke Miller tracks down Gingrich's 1981 plan to set up states on the moon.
  • Clean energy is a wedge issue that favours Democrats, David Roberts argues.
  • NFL players in Indiana for the Super Bowl should back the state's unions, says Travis Waldron.
  • Seattle's airport will use announcements from local pop stars to welcome visitors, reports Patti Payne.

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Blogbook: January 26, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

26 January 2012


  • Brian Beutler has three important questions about Mitt Romney's tax returns.
  • Crooks and Liars catalogues the TSA's extensive failures and abuses.
  • Dave Weigel checks: Is Mitt Romney Mexican?
  • Jonathan Bernstein clarifies: The GOP convention could be deadlocked, not brokered.
  • Ronald Brownstein explains how Romney can win the showdown in Florida.

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Blogbook: January 25, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

25 January 2012


  • Obama's State of the Union address today was an easy crowd-pleaser, says Kevin Drum.
  • It had more in the way of partisanship than new ideas, says Jennifer Rubin.
  • The speech was Obama's response to Republican attacks, says Brian Beutler.
  • Daniella Gibbs Leger has mixed feelings about The Help's Oscar nominations.
  • It looks like gay marriage is headed for legal status in Washington state.

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Blogbook: January 24, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

24 January 2012


  • Mitt Romney paid an effective tax rate of 15.4% in 2011, his newly released records show.
  • Ryan Lizza has Larry Summers's 2008 memo advising Obama on the economic crisis. 
  • Paul Krugman says the memo is inconsistent with what Obama now says about the stimulus.
  • Senator Rand Paul says he was "detained" by the TSA for refusing a pat down. 
  • William Galston has five things to watch for in today's State of the Union address.

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Blogbook: January 23, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

23 January 2012


  • Even after losing in South Carolina, Romney is still the favourite, says Jon Bernstein.
  • Romney's political style is a reaction to his father's losses, argues Rick Perlstein.
  • Newt Gingrich doesn't actually have any big ideas, says Ezra Klein.
  • Ross Douthat agrees; Newt's campaign has been one of glibness and "grandstanding."
  • Gingrich's victory resulted from GOP disgust at its lack of choices, says Erick Erickson.

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Blogbook: January 20, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

20 January 2012


  • Rick Perry has dropped out of the GOP race, and endorsed Newt Gingrich.
  • It turns out Rick Santorum actually won Iowa after all. Nate Silver has the details.
  • Mitt Romney has been an incredibly lucky candidate, thinks Jon Chait.
  • Ryan Lizza lists five people conservatives blame if Romney wins the GOP nomination.
  • There's not much sense in keeping the capital gains tax low, argues Paul Krugman. 

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Blogbook: January 19, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

19 January 2012


  • For Obama, the long game is more important than anything else, argues Andrew Sullivan.
  • Steve Kornacki considers how a Romney victory in South Carolina will affect the GOP race.
  • Romney's candidacy  runs counter to "every political trend in the book," says John Hawkins.
  • Obama has quashed the Keystone XL pipeline. Brad Plumer looks at what comes next.
  • Matt Yglesias thinks carbon pricing will only return to the agenda as part of budget considerations.

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Blogbook: January 18, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

18 January 2012


  • Charles M. Blow examines Newt GIngrich's race-baiting in South Carolina.
  • One million Wisconsinites have signed a petition to recall Governor Scott Walker.
  • "Anybody but Romney" has been exposed as a myth, says Nate Silver.
  • Bad economic news: The housing market is still underwater, writes Stephen Grenville.
  • Alyssa Rosenberg doubts Stephen Colbert can use his presidential run disruptively. 

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Blogbook: January 17, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

17 January 2012


  • Jay Smooth quotes ten lesser known things Martin Luther King said.
  • Huntsman's poor skills as a candidate are partly to blame for his loss, says Ross Douthat.
  • John Cassidy has a user's guide to the Romney/Bain story.
  • Nate Silver thinks attacks from fellow Republicans could damage Romney in November.
  • Paul Krugman explains the "Great Gatsby Curve."

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Blogbook: January 16, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

16 January 2012


  • Jon Huntsman will drop out today, endorse Romney, reports Maggie Haberman.
  • Obama's co-opting GOP arguments with his administrative reorganisation, says Greg Sargent.
  • Campaign coverage is still a field heavily dominated by men, says Meryl Gordon. 
  • According to a series of CIA memos, Israel, not the US, is assassinating Iranian scientists.
  • Marcus Cederstrom asks if devout NFL star Tim Tebow would be as beloved were he Muslim.

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Blogbook: January 13, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

13 January 2012


  • A film by a Gingrich-affiliated SuperPAC attacking Romney is "devastating," says Andrew Sullivan.
  • The film, focused on Romney's time at Bain Capital, is "a disgrace," says Andrew C. McCarthy.
  • The Justice Dept weighs in on Obama's recess appointments. John Elwood looks at the details.
  • The New York Times public editor wants to know if journalists should fact check in news articles.
  • Clarence Thomas's dissent in an 8-1 ruling says a lot about him, writes Adam Serwer.

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Blogbook: January 12, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

12 January 2012


  • Mitt Romney's taking the wrong tack in his attacks on Obama, says Peter Beinart.
  • The GOP is worried Gingrich's attacks on Romney will damage the party, says Reid Wilson.
  • A Romney advisor has a good idea that Obama could enact without Congress, says Ezra Klein.
  • Jon Huntsman's policies aren't moderate, but his behaviour is, says Kevin Drum.
  • Dan McLaughlin begs Jim DeMint not to endorse Romney — for the sake of conservatism.

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Blogbook: January 11, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

11 January 2012


  • Mitt Romney wins the New Hampshire primary. Jon Bernstein says Huntsmen's finished.
  • Ninety-six per cent of Super PAC spending on negative ads has targeted Gingrich.
  • Romney's old firm Bain Capital should not be immune from criticism, says William Kristol.
  • The opposition to online copyright bill SOPA is bipartisan, says Nancy Scola.
  • China-bashing is a bipartisan practice, writes Sam Roggeveen.

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Blogbook: January 10, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

10 January 2012


  • Bill Daley's resignation indicates Obama is shifting into campaign mode, says Greg Sargent.
  • Reporters have an incentive to exaggerate the chance of a Romney defeat, says Brendan Nyhan.
  • Mitt Romney is a Republican in the model of George H.W. Bush, says Conor Friedersdorf.
  • Bettors on politics make the same mistake racing gamblers do, says Matt Glassman. 
  • The Advocate counts down the gayest cities in America.

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Blogbook: January 9, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

9 January 2012


  • It would be a huge upset if Mitt Romney lost New Hampshire, says Nate Silver.
  • Rick Santorum is poised to find success in South Carolina, says Jennifer Rubin.
  • The US added 200k jobs in December. Karl Smith digs into the "decent" figures.
  • Romney's Iowa vote this year matched his '08 total, but different people voted for him. 
  • Mother Jones has a neat GOP primary predicting gadget. Check it out!

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Blogbook: January 6, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

6 January 2012


  • New Hampshire is four days away, and Mitt Romney looks strong, says Larry Sabato.
  • Josh Marshall says the GOP race could be over fast, if early South Carolina polls are accurate.
  • The Iowa caucus shows that Twitter is really bad at predicting elections, says Tom Webster.
  • The US's high level of inequality reduces its social mobility, says Jared Bernstein
  • Politics-meets-TV themed Tumblr of the Day: Ron Paul Swanson.

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Blogbook: January 5, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

5 January 2012


  • Rick Santorum was a lucky campaigner, not a good one, argues Ezra Klein.
  • Rick Santorum is a big government conservative, writes Michael Tanner.
  • Obama placed Richard Cordray as CFPB head in a recess appointment, reports Brian Beutler.
  • Timothy Noah doesn't think the appointment is constitutional.
  • Michele Bachmann is dropping out of the presidential race. Dave Weigel farewells her.

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Blogbook: January 4, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

4 January 2012


  • The Iowa Caucus results are in: Romney grabs first place over Santorum by eight votes.
  • The Republican primaries are chaotic because George W. Bush had no successor, says Erick Erickson.
  • Dave Weigel lists three lessons to learn from Iowa.
  • Ross Douthat catalogues Rick Santorum's strengths.
  • The GOP accuses Obama of anti-Americanism so routinely no one remarks on it, says George Packer.

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Blogbook: January 3, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

3 January 2012


  • Today is caucus day in Iowa! Nate Silver predicts a narrow Mitt Romney victory.
  • Jennifer Rubin agrees Romney will win, with Santorum and Paul second and third.
  • Jay Cost wants to go back to the old presidential nomination system.
  • Sasha Issenberg lists the 12 kinds of undecided voters.
  • Obama's fight against EU airplane emissions rules is a "betrayal," says Elizabeth Kolbert.

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Blogbook: January 2, 2012

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

2 January 2012


  • In the last few days before the caucus, Iowa turns its attention to Rick Santorum.
  • Republicans still struggle to appeal to Hispanic voters, says Scott Clement.
  • Mitt Romney has a good reason not to want to release his tax returns, thinks Josh Marshall.
  • Ezra Klein announces his Wonky Awards, for notable efforts in policy making.
  • Ron Paul has long had a fondness for conspiracy theories, says James Kirchick.

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Blogbook: December 30, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

30 December 2011


  • Ross Douthat finds one nice thing to say about each of the GOP candidates.
  • Both the left and right hate an anti-piracy bill currently before Congress, says Brad Plumer.
  • Americans perceive themselves to be ideologically closest to Jon Huntsman, finds Gallup.
  • Presidential contenders can't skip Iowa, says Jonathan Bernstein.
  • Ron Paul has secured the mid '00s pop-rockstar vote, finds Dave Weigel.

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Blogbook: December 29, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

29 December 2011


  • Erick Erickson warns Iowa social conservatives away from Rick Santorum.
  • After a disappointing campaign, Iowa is all or nothing for Rick Perry, says Jennifer Rubin.
  • Peter Laarman lists the top ten underreported religious stories of 2011. 
  • GOP-backed voter ID laws make it harder for college students to vote, says Steve Greene.
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin deserves its "Titletown" nickname, says Richard Florida.

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Blogbook: December 28, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

28 December 2011


  • Obama's up in the polls, but that doesn't mean much, says Dave Weigel.
  • Forecasting Senate races is tough, but Nate Silver thinks the GOP could win big next year.
  • Ryan Grim says Ron Paul is right about the racist origins of the War on Drugs.
  • Ron Paul's investment portfolio is a bet on economic disaster, says Jason Zweig.
  • Sommer Mathis lists the year's dumbest scandals in local politics.

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Blogbook: December 27, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

27 December 2011


  • The Washington Post lists the richest members of Congress.
  • Josh Putnam explains the GOP primaries' delegate allocation rule changes.
  • Dave Weigel has some old radio ads from Obama's failed primary bid in 2000.
  • Devin Dignam lists six cities that should lose their NBA team.
  • Stephen Colbert sought naming rights for the GOP's South Carolina primary.

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Blogbook: December 23, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

23 December 2011


  • Happy Holidays! 32 000 unemployed people will have their benefits expire next month!
  • House Republicans will stop obstructing a two month extension of the payroll tax cut, says Dave Weigel.
  • New EPA regulations on mercury will make a huge difference to health, says David Roberts.
  • Ron Paul isn't a bigot, says Ta-Nehisi Coates, but he consorted with bigotry in pursuit of power.
  • Ron Paul might be this year's Jesse Jackson, suggests Steve Kornacki.
  • I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas weekend — or continues to enjoy their Hannukah. Thanks for reading, guys. Monday is a holiday in Australia and the US, so we'll be back on Tuesday.

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Blogbook: December 21, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

21 December 2011



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Blogbook: December 20, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

20 December 2011


  • The US underestimates the staying power of North Korean nationalism, says Michael Hirsh.
  • Benjamin Wittes explains the counterterrorism measures in the controversial NDAA bill.
  • Small Midwestern cities are the future of green urbanism, says Catherine Tumber.
  • Colin Seiler reviews a bacon beer inspired by Portland, Ore's favourite donut shop. 
  • New game: Supervillain or Newt?

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Blogbook: December 19, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

19 December 2011


  • Obama should have vetoed a law allowing military detention for some terror suspects, says Adam Serwer.
  • Nikki Haley has endorsed Mitt Romney. That's important, Jonathan Bernstein says.
  • John Boehner's stuck between his party and the Senate on the payroll tax cut.
  • Jonathan Chait digs up the racism in Ron Paul's past.
  • Greg Sargeant previews a line of attack Dems will use against Romney.

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Blogbook: December 16, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

16 December 2011


  • Christopher Hitchens has passed away. Vanity Fair memorialises him.
  • Congress has come to a deal, and the government won't shut down, reports Brian Beutler.
  • Iran will have a tough time replicating the US drone it's captured, reports David Axe.
  • Support for Newt Gingrich is easing off, finds Nate Silver.
  • Ari Berman appreciates Eric Holder's push against laws making it harder to vote

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Blogbook: December 15, 2011

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15 December 2011



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Blogbook: December 14, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

14 December 2011


  • Nate Silver maps out Jon Huntsman's path to the GOP nomination.
  • Donald Trump won't moderate a GOP debate after all, reports the HuffPo.
  • GOP candidates might be advertising too early in Iowa, suggests Danny Hayes.
  • Newt Gingrich's tax plan would give the rich a big tax cut, says Suzy Khimm.
  • 42 per cent of Americans say this is the Worst. Congress. Ever.

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Blogbook: December 13, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

13 December 2011


  • It's been evicted from Pakistan, but the CIA will still launch drones from Afghanistan.
  • Tea Party solidarity is eroding, says Conor Friedersdorf.
  • The US jobs market might never recover, writes Edward Luce.
  • How did liberals get so snobby, enquires Tom Carson.
  • New York's worst tippers are in the financial district, finds Visual.ly.

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Blogbook: December 12, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

12 December 2011


  • Newt Gingrich won his first debate as Republican front runner, says Dave Weigel.
  • There won't be a late entrant to the GOP race, predicts Josh Putnam.
  • Liberals are too focused on taxes as a solution to inequality, argues Matt Yglesias.
  • Ezra Klein has 21 reasons Gingrich won't be the GOP nominee.
  • How would the characters of The Breakfast Club vote today?

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Blogbook: December 9, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

9 December 2011


  • The GOP fears Gingrich's candidacy because of his chaotic management, says David Frum. 
  • Conservatives are losing some of their most potent wedge issues, believes Timothy Egan.
  • There's no secret way to activate the Hispanic vote, writes Ross Douthat.
  • The US needs to heed changing perspectives in Pakistan, says Alicia Mollaun. 
  • Jon Bernstein matches the current GOP field with their 1988 Democratic equivalents.

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Blogbook: December 8, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

8 December 2011


  • The 2012 GOP field might be weak, but the prospects for 2016 are bright, says James Paterson.
  • Obama's speech in Kansas included a few subtle digs at Mitt Romney, writes Jon Chait.
  • Presidents don't actually age faster than normal people, reports Peter Wehrwein.
  • An Oregon blogger is out $2.5 million because a court decided she wasn't a journalist.
  • Nate Berg looks at the evolving state of the fence along the US-Mexico border.

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Blogbook: December 7, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

7 December 2011


  • Conservatives should learn to love Mitt Romney, says Ramesh Ponnuru
  • A negative campaign would help Obama govern in a second term, argues Ed Kilgore.
  • Jon Hunstman's no longer sure climate change is man-made, reports TPM.
  • Interest in Huntsman proves how nervous the Right is about Gingrich, says Jennifer Rubin.
  • TV should be more comfortable showing characters with political beliefs, says Alyssa Rosenberg.

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Blogbook: December 6, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

6 December 2011


  • A new poll suggests a broad cross-section of Republicans accept Newt, says Greg Sargent.
  • Congress is coming to a compromise on extending payroll tax, reports Suzy Khimm.
  • But a GOP leader wants to make it conditional on extension of the Bush tax cuts.
  • Kevin Drum wonders why GOP donors have been so thrifty this year.
  • GOP advisers don't like the idea of a Donald Trump-moderated debate.

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Blogbook: December 5, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

5 December 2011


  • Herman Cain's presidential bid is over. Dave Weigel eulogises his campaign.
  • "A sad ending for a good man," says Erick Erickson. The "allegations threw [Cain] off his game."
  • Did race cost Obama votes in 2008? John Sides rounds up the research.
  • Jon Huntsman's financial reform plan looks a lot like Dodd-Frank, writes Mike Konczal.
  • Conor Friedersdorf lists ten reasons to anticipate the GOP's Donald Trump-moderated debate.

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Blogbook: December 2, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

2 December 2011


  • Ross Douthat discusses the effect a Palin endorsement might have on the GOP race.
  • A consensual affair is derailing Herman Cain more than harrassment allegations, notes Dave Weigel.
  • Fox News has been bad for conservatives, argues Conor Friedersdorf. 
  • American cities are moving away from sprawl, says Kaid Benfield.
  • Mike Barthel considers what Miley Cyrus's support for Occupy Wall Street says about the movement.

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Blogbook: December 1, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

1 December 2011


  • The US isn't even leaving a residual force in Iraq in 2012, reports Spencer Ackerman.
  • Americans are growing more tolerant of tax increases, finds Catherine Rampell.
  • Ezra Klein makes the case against an inevitable Romney victory.
  • Newt Gingrich proves the GOP primary is about immigration, argues Ed Kilgore.
  • The GOP will have a tough time winning Barney Frank's old seat, says Jessica Taylor.

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Blogbook: November 30, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

30 November 2011


  • Congress needs more members like the retiring Barney Frank, says Jonathan Bernstein.
  • Conservative intellectuals have more ideas than conservative candidates, argues Ross Duthat.
  • The NBA lockout, like other lockouts of unions, was all about control, thinks Charles P. Pierce.
  • The right was as critical of Reagan in the '80s as the left is of Obama today, says Steve Kornacki.
  • Conservative media is failing the conservative movement, writes Jennifer Rubin.

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Blogbook: November 29, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

29 November 2011


  • US-Pakistan relations have taken a bad turn, writes Michael Wesley.
  • But Pakistan hasn't stopped the US using its airspace, says Spencer Ackerman.
  • The war on terror will soon be illegal, says Conor Friedersdorf.
  • Cord Jefferson on the awkward position of wealthy black folks who support Occupy Wall Street. 
  • A Kansas teen who insulted Gov Brownback on Twitter shouldn't apologise, says E.D Kain.

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Blogbook: November 28, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

28 November 2011



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Blogbook: November 25, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

25 November 2011


  • Jon Huntsman is developing some smart ideas on financial reform, says Ezra Klein.
  • Jonathan Bernstein makes a conservative case for state and local automatic stabilisers.
  • Amanda Erickson lists the most popular cities for Americans to go to over Thanksgiving.
  • The ANZUS alliance doesn't require Australia to back the US on China's currency, says Bob Carr.
  • In "Parks and Rec," America has a sitcom that respects small towns, says Hampton Stevens  

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Blogbook: November 24, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

24 November 2011


  • Nate Silver tries to explain Newt Gingrich's recent boost in the polls.
  • Matt Yglesias celebrates Thanksgiving by looking at the economics of turkey sales.
  • David Bosco considers why conservatives dislike the United Nations.
  • The music "Fallon" chosen for Michele Bachmann's appearance was inappropriate, says Maura Johnston.
  • "The West Wing" exemplifies American faith in the office of the President, writes Sertan Saral.

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Blogbook: November 23, 2011

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23 November 2011



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Blogbook: November 22, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

22 November 2011


  • Two political scientists predict the Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act.
  • Congress did not declare pizza a vegetable, says Sarah Kliff.
  • Kevin Drum is glad the supercommittee "failed."
  • The Left's disappointment and the Right's contempt for Obama baffles Andrew Sullivan.
  • The Tampa Police Dept owns an Armoured Personal Carrier.

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Blogbook: November 21, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

21 November 2011


  • The supercommittee has failed to reach an agreement, reports Brian Beutler.
  • Steve Pearlstein explains how the NBA lockout is like the Great Recession.
  • Police brutality goes beyond Occupy Wall Street, says Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • Polls suggest Occupy Wall Street is losing public support, writes Dave Weigel.
  • The left should appreciate Democratic defeat of a balanced budget amendment, says Jonathan Bernstein.

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Blogbook: November 18, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

18 November 2011


  • There's no evidence the White House tried to kill the public option, says Jonathan Bernstein.
  • The Associated Press doesn't want its reporters breaking news on Twitter, reports Joe Coscarelli.
  • Herman Cain's presidential run has polarised opinion on the pizza chain he used to run.
  • If Gabby Giffords can't run for re-election, her husband might, speculates Steve Fishman.
  • Hendrik Hertzberg wants an Alexander Hamilton biopic.

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Blogbook: November 17, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

17 November 2011


  • Conservative loathing of Romney is media hype, not voter sentiment, says Jennifer Rubin.
  • NYC Mayor Bloomberg was hostile to protests before Occupy Wall Street, writes Ben Adler.
  • Sam Roggeveen reacts to Obama's speech before Parliament. 
  • Congress: More popular than Fidel Castro, less than Hugo Chavez. 
  • Don't take Newt Gingrich seriously, warns Alex Massie.

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Blogbook: November 16, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

16 November 2011


  • Obama has arrived in Canberra. Graeme Dobell considers the strength of the alliance.
  • Occupy Wall Street protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park today, reports Jillian Dunham
  • Rick Perry's proposed government reforms would increase corruption, argues Jamelle Bouie. 
  • Suzy Khimm rounds up the supercommittee's budget proposals.
  • Newt Gingrich can't beat Romney cause he can't beat Obama, says Josh Marshall.

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Blogbook: November 15, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

15 November 2011


  • The Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Sarah Kliff has a handy primer covering the relevant issues of the case. 
  • Justice Kennedy will vote to uphold the ACA, predicts Fazal Khan. 
  • Sam Roggeveen has info on what to expect from Obama's visit to Australia.
  • Jon Hunstman is a bona fide conservative, says Erick Erickson.

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Blogbook: November 14, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

14 November 2011


  • The religious right isn't as influential as supposed. That's because it's too divided, says Amy Sullivan.
  • Obama might have a tough 2012, but the electoral map is on his side, says Chris Cillizza.
  • Language changes in a campaign because parties are trying to articulate values, says Mike Barthel.
  • How accurate is Nate Silver's presidential election forecaster?
  • Why are the producers recalling the DVD of the adapation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged?

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Blogbook: November 11, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

11 November 2011


  • A failed campaign to restrict union rights may harm Mitt Romney in Ohio, says Greg Sargent.
  • Firing Joe Paterno was the easy part, writes Andy Hutchins, but Penn State must do more. 
  • Look at the reaction to the firing to understand the noxious culture at Penn State, says Andrew Sullivan.
  • The poverty rate would be twice as high as it is now without safety net programs, finds Arloc Sherman.
  • What's the farthest you can be from a McDonalds in the contiguous states?

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Blogbook: November 10, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

10 November 2011


  • Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee "largely because of good fortune," says Jay Cost. 
  • Bill Daley's demotion shows how elites have misread politics this year, argues Jon Chait.
  • Tony Blankley imagines a brokered GOP convention.
  • Michael Weinreb reacts to the sex abuse allegations against a Penn State football coach.
  • Willy Staley's conspiracy theory: The McRib is a McDonald's arbitrage strategy.

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Blogbook: November 9, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

9 November 2011


  • It's election day! The GOP had its "weakest off-year since 2007," says Dave Weigel.
  • Obama is no FDR, writes Ezra Klein.
  • The left needs to start caring about civil liberties again, says Conor Friedersdorf.
  • An accused terrorist will be the first to face Obama's new military commission rules.
  • Dan Harmon and Alyssa Rosenberg discuss diversity in "Community."

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Blogbook: November 8, 2011

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Blogbook: November 7, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

7 November 2011


  • The Administration's "cash for clunkers" scheme wasn't a success, finds Brad Plumer.
  • Conor Friedersdorf pinpoints what enabled Jack Abramoff to "buy" 100 members of Congress.
  • What exactly is the "greatest threat" to the United States?
  • Aaron Sorkin's working on a drama about a cable news show... starring Chris Matthews's son.
  • Seth Masket takes a post-Bush Administration look at The Dark Knight's view of terrorism. 

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Blogbook: November 4, 2011 (Late Edition)

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

5 November 2011


  • Women probably don't want to be treated like Anita Hill was, suggests Conor Friedersdorf.
  • Spencer Ackerman tells the Pentagon not to worry that Congress will cut its budget.
  • Andrew Sullivan considers why Jon Huntsman can't gain traction.
  • WDET's Rob St. Mary creates an aural history of Detroit.
  • Kelefa Sanneh seeks out Herman Cain's ghostwriters.

Apologies for the late edition, folks. I was hindered by technical issues.


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Blogbook: November 3, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

3 November 2011


  • Howard Wial maps where the one per cent live.
  • Jonathan Bernstein sees new hints Romney will win the GOP nomination.
  • Herman Cain has strong support because he's the anti-Obama, says Jennifer Rubin.
  • Alyssa Rosenberg examines how Hollywood portrays financial regulation.
  • Tumblr Of The Day: Newsweek tracks politicians' requests for pork.

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Blogbook: November 2, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

2 November 2011


  • Four senior citizens allegedly planned a terrorist attack against Waffle House, reports Adam Serwer. 
  • The Occupy movement may have won a victory over Bank of America, writes Dave Weigel.
  • In Oakland, it's the police who are breaking the rules, argues Conor Friedersdorf.
  • Michael Bloomberg doesn't understand the financial crisis, says Paul Krugman.
  • Tim Pawlenty would probably never have experienced a surge, says Nate Silver.

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Blogbook: November 1, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

1 November 2011


  • The Rangers' World Series loss might make Dallas sports fans love the team, says Ross Douthat.
  • Culture still significantly drives partisan affiliation, reports Ronald Brownstein.  
  • Hillary Clinton understands the limits of power, says Massimo Calabresi.
  • Timothy Bella lists the cities with the most to lose from the NBA lockout.
  • Obama must stop avoiding a debate on legalising cannabis, argues Andrew Sullivan.

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Blogbook: October 31, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

31 October 2011


  • Herman Cain is accused of sexual harrassment. Will he raise the spectre of Clarence Thomas?  
  • Matt Yglesias considers how freeway design affects city life.
  • Sarah Kliff has the lowdown on Mississippi's "personhood" movement. 
  • Justice Scalia thinks his church is OK with the death penalty. Lisa Miller says they're not.
  • The FBI thinks Insane Clown Posse fans are a gang, reports Spencer Ackerman.

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Blogbook: October 28, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

28 October 2011


  • Rick Perry's considering skipping forthcoming GOP debates, report Neil King Jr. and Danny Yadron.
  • Aaron Bady describes the violence at Occupy Oakland, as does Mother Jones.
  • "The Cosby Show," says Adam Serwer, "is a black revenge story." 
  • The TSA suspended an officer who left an unpleasant note in a journalist's bag after searching it.
  • Richard Florida advises on the best cities in which to go trick-or-treating.

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Blogbook: October 27, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

27 October 2011


  • Even if America is not in decline, it will have to make tough decisions, writes Sam Roggeveen
  • Is America an empire? No, says Jacob Heilbrunn, but it thinks imperially.
  • Mitt Romney's political style shows he learned from his father's mistakes, argues Reihan Salam.
  • Protesters at Occupy Atlanta need to understand Georgia's racial history, says Kung Li.
  • Leslie Knope might be corrupt, considers Alyssa Rosenberg.

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Blogbook: October 26, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

26 October 2011


  • A Karl Rove memo advises the GOP on spin to use against Obama's jobs bill.. 
  • This recession is different. Suzy Khimm explains why.
  • The US has just dismantled its biggest nuke, reports Spencer Ackerman.
  • Republicans are beating Democrats on social media, says Jess Dweck. 
  • Erin Keane wonders if a parody of Portland, Ore. fashion ended a trend.

 


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Blogbook: October 25, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

25 October 2011


  • Rick Perry is flirting with birtherism, says Dave Weigel.
  • Health reform supporters are taking back the pejorative "Obamacare," reports Sarah Kliff. 
  • Is Barack Obama's failure Mitch McConnell's top goal? Steven Benen looks at the evidence.
  • American cities need some form of gentrification, argues Kaid Benfield.
  • The President joins Tumblr.

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Blogbook: October 24, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

24 October 2011


  • The Iraq War isn't ending, it's just entering a new phase, argues Spencer Ackerman.
  • New Hampshire fends off a Nevada bid and retains its first primary status, reports Alex Pareene.
  • Businesspeople don't necessarily make good politicians, says Jamelle Bouie.
  • Monetary policy is like a can of Pringles, muses Matt Yglesias.
  • GOP criticism of the Fed is symptomatic of poor US economic debate, writes Stephen Grenville. 

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Blogbook: October 21, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

21 October 2011


  • David Kestenbaum unearths an old government report imagining a debt-free USA. 
  • Don't eulogise income inequality just yet, warns Timothy Noah.
  • The median US wage in 2010 was $26 363, reports Suzy Khimm.
  • Progressive tax brackets don't make tax systems complicated, says Ilya Gerner.
  • Foreign Policy investigates whether the new iPhone is smarter than Herman Cain.

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Blogbook: October 20, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

20 October 2011


  • Will Wilkinson considers how race and gender affect opinion on the death penalty.
  • Immigrants to the US are increasingly moving to the suburbs, reports Nate Berg.
  • GOP debate audiences continue to embarrass the party, says Steven Benen.
  • Jamelle Bouie accuses Herman Cain of "racial hucksterism."
  • "2 Broke Girls" is the Occupy Wall Street of TV, says Alyssa Rosenberg.  

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Blogbook: October 19, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

19 October 2011


  • Erik Voeten considers how crises induce partisan shifts.
  • GOP attacks on Romney's health care record are failing, says Andrew Sprung 
  • Michael Marder analyses the tricky art of the joke-telling politician in times of crisis.
  • Conor Friedersdorf thinks Chris Christie shows how the GOP should respond to Occupy Wall Street. 
  • Erick Erickson to fellow conservatives: "The president is not going to Africa to kill Christians."

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Blogbook: October 18, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

18 October 2011


  • John Edwards's career has ended, but his legacy hasn't, says Chris Cillizza.
  • Kevin Drum dissects Ronald Reagan's economic legacy.
  • Ezra Klein finds the wonkiest signs from Occupy Wall Street.
  • There's a key difference between elections and baseball, says Elspeth Reeve.
  • David Frum is really unimpressed with Rick Perry's jobs plan.

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Blogbook: October 17, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

17 October 2011


  • A group of swing voters called "Wal-Mart moms" will be crucial in 2012... according to Wal-Mart.
  • Blame algorithms, not censorship, for #OccupyWallStreet's inability to trend on Twitter.
  • Mitt Romney has a Rush Limbaugh problem, says Steve Kornacki. 
  • Mitt Romney's moved into "spring training" for the general election, argues Ross Douthat.
  • Funny or Die has a guide to the GOP primary field.

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Blogbook: October 14, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

14 October 2011


  • A President Romney would have a tough time repealing Obamacare, says Jonathan Chait. 
  • Occupy Wall Street is more popular than the Tea Party.
  • Rick Perry has stirred up conflict even outside US borders, writes Matthew Clayfield.
  • John McCain plans to override the supercommittee trigger on defence, reports Suzy Khimm.
  • Asks Amanda Terkel: Did Herman Cain get his tax plan from Sim City?

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Blogbook: October 13, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

13 October 2011


  • Republicans are desperate to nominate anyone but Mitt, says the Economist.
  • GOP voters like the environmental rules the GOP is trying to remove, reports David Grist. 
  • Conn Carroll thinks Rick Perry should just quit going to debates.
  • Herman Cain: Frontrunner. (For now. In one poll.) 
  • Bruce Bartlett breaks down the details of Herman Cain's "9-9-9" tax plan.

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Blogbook: October 12, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

12 October 2011


  • Chris Christie endorses Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, reports Chris Cillizza.
  • Brad Plumer explains why that matters.
  • The GOP won't let the Senate debate the jobs bill, but it's not good news for Dems.
  • Mike Barthel considers how left wing protest has changed since the late '90s
  • The NBA lockout is not just a squabble among rich people, argues Scott Keyes. 

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Blogbook: October 11, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

11 October 2011


  • Obama's jobs plan is winning back independents, says Ruy Teixeira.
  • Spencer Ackerman is unimpressed with Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech.
  • James Madison's influence on politicking is underappreciated, argues Kevni Holtsberry.
  • Mitt Romney once considers his health care reform his crowning achievement, writes Ben Smith. 
  • Erick Erickson sets up We are the 53% in response to Occupy Wall Street's We are the 99%.

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Blogbook: October 10, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

10 October 2011


  • Sarah Binder explains why people are saying the Senate "went nuclear" last week.
  • Long term unemployment isn't going away, writes Felix Salmon.
  • Sarah Palin won't become a GOP elder stateswoman, predicts David Frum.
  • Steve Benen on a 96 year old Tennessean who can't vote thanks to voter ID laws.
  • The top ten Minor League Baseball caps.

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Blogbook: October 7, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

7 October 2011


  • Five things to know about civil rights activist Fred Shuttlesworth, who died on Wednesday.
  • The Tea Party never had anything to do with anger at Wall Street bailouts, argues Will Bunch.
  • Jonathan Bernstein explain why Obama's jobs bill is a campaign strategy, not a legislative vehicle. 
  • The House GOP looks like it won't allow a vote on a currency bill that has had bipartisan support.
  • William E. Ketchum, III has five reasons to pay attention to Detroit rap

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Blogbook: October 6, 2011

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Blogbook: October 5, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

5 October 2011


  • Chris Christie's decision not to run for the presidency is New Jersey's gain, says Ross Douthat.
  • The IRS is undermining California's medical marijuana program, writes Conor Friedersdorf.
  • Occupy Wall Street should demand a Tobin tax, says John Quiggin.
  • TPM sums up Sarah Palin's national political career in 100 seconds
  • Karl Smith predicts the US will avoid a double dip recession.

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Blogbook: October 4, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

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Blogbook: October 3, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

3 October 2011


  • Micah L. Sifry is an Occupy Wall Street convert.
  • A President Romney would rediscover Keynesian economics, predicts Jonathan Chait
  • Alabama's new immigration law is causing consternation for students, reports Rena Havner Philips.
  • The Obama Doctrine has not been a continuation of Bush foreign policy, argues Matt Yglesias.
  • Appalachia might be better off when its coal runs out, suggests Brad Plumer.

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Blogbook: September 30, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

30 September 2011


  • America has always had a "black agenda," writes Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • Florida plans to jump to the head of the primary calendar queue, reports Alex Pareene.
  • Before the Tea Party was a political movement, it was a rock band — who now owns a valuable web address.
  • Lauren Ellis explains why the Occupy Wall Street protests are failing.
  • Chris Bowers explains why the Occupy Wall Street protests are not failing.

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Blogbook: September 29, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

29 September 2011


  • Adam Serwer explains why immigration is such a troublesome issue for Rick Perry.
  • Conor Friedersdorf explains why health care isn't a problem for Mitt Romney.
  • Charles P. Pierce visits the Florida Straw Poll for Esquire.
  • Dan Amira explains why the GOP wouldn't welcome a Chris Christie presidential run.
  • Sarah Palin is still a wild card in the GOP contest, says Jonathan Bernstein. 

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Blogbook: September 28, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

28 September 2011


  • Sarah Palin has "lawyered up" over Joe McGinniss's book, writes Dave Weigel.
  • Al Qaeda's official magazine did its own 9/11 anniversary issue, reports Spencer Ackerman.
  • The Economist extols the virtues of the South's English.
  • The "sensible center" ignores Obama's real bind, argues Hendrik Hertzberg
  • William Egginton explains why Stephen Colbert is like Don Quixote.

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Blogbook: September 27, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

27 September 2011


  • The government won't shut down this week, reports Brian Beutler.
  • Reality show conflict is bad for the GOP debates, writes Conor Friedersdorf.
  • Obama's small donors should send their money elsewhere in 2012, says Matt Yglesias.
  • Alabama is giving some convicts a choice between jail and church.
  • Voters with information on a policy will disregard their party's stance, reports Suzy Khimm.

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Blogbook: September 26, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

26 September 2011


  • The US Ambassador to China is too good at his job, writes Elizabeth C. Economy.
  • Santa Fe is not the future of the American city, thinks David Frum.
  • Obama should become an Angry Black Man, says John McWhorter.
  • The sole GOP opponent to DOMA has personal reasons for her stance, says Alfred Soto.
  • Tom Toles explains why he loves Buffalo, NY.

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Blogbook: September 23, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

23 September 2011


  • Will the GOP shut down the government over disaster relief?
  • Kevin Drum thinks the latest GOP debate has undone Rick Perry. 
  • Troy Davis didn't need to be executed for justice to be done, says Will Wilkinson.
  • The "Ground Zero Mosque" opened on Wednesday... and no one cared.
  • Santa Monica is turning trailer parks into affordable urban housing, reports Alison Arieff.

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Blogbook: September 22, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

22 September 2011


  • Mike Konczal maps what ails the US economy with Venn diagrams.
  • Obama's polling figures are bad, not plunging, says Jonathan Bernstein.
  • MA Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren pushes back against class warfare rhetoric.
  • Marian Wang finds out whether regulations really do kill jobs.
  • The Department of Justice says Texas gerrymandering violates the Voting Rights Act.

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Blogbook: September 21, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

21 September 2011


  • Obama's confrontational approach is an outgrowth of his conciliatory one, thinks Steve Kornacki.
  • Obama's jobs plan may spark a debt limit fight before the 2012 election, reports Brian Beutler.
  • Cities around the Great Lakes are recovering quickly from the recession, writes Nate Berg.
  • A gay wedding on "Modern Family" would be a great moment for gay rights, says Erik Kain.
  • Alyssa Rosenberg examines the alliance between Tea Partiers and Gibson guitars.

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Blogbook: September 20, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

20 September 2011


  • Obama's deficit plan draws a sharp contrast with the GOP, writes Jamelle Bouie.
  • The big news isn't Obama's deficit plan but his veto threat, says Matt Yglesias.
  • Matt Glassman compiles a glossary of congressional insider speak.
  • John Sides reports that polling underrepresents the support for women candidates.
  • Mark Riffee on how the CIA gets Hollywood to make movies it likes.

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Blogbook: September 19, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Newcastle, Australia

19 September 2011


  • Foreign Policy's Passport blog is watching for signs of US decline.
  • The US is cosying up to the despotic ruler of Uzbekistan, reports Justin Elliott.
  • There's growing support for the CBO scoring the impact on jobs of the supercommittee's cuts.
  • Touré asks prominent African Americans about the most racist thing that's ever happened to them.
  • Paul Krugman explains how America's demand-side problems could become supply-side ones.

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Blogbook: September 16, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

16 September 2011


  • The labour market never really recovered from the 2001 recession, says Scott Winship.
  • The media gives too much coverage to vanity candidates, argues Matt Steinglass.
  • Power in the GOP is shifting away from the party establishment, says Fareed Zakaria.
  • Alfred Soto urges the left as well as the right to turn away from government.
  • Feministe's BFP outlines the consequences of "ruin porn."

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Blogbook: September 15, 2011

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Blogbook: September 15, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

14 September 2011


  • Rick Perry might be the Republican version of Howard Dean, writes Ross Douthat.
  • The GOP debates are revealing unpleasant things about the GOP base, says Steven Benen.
  • The 2012 contest is a critically important election for both parties, argues Ezra Klein.
  • President Obama told an Illinois farmer to contact the USDA for regulations help. Politico tried.
  • Kevin Drum lays out the options for fixing Social Security.

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Blogbook: September 13, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Newcastle, Australia

13 September 2011


  • Obama's jobs bill would create 1.3 million jobs before 2013, estimates Macroeconomic Advisors.
  • Eric Cantor says House Republicans will support about half of the bill, reports Brian Beutler.
  • The most recent GOP debate exposed Rick Perry's Achilles heel, writes Steve Kornacki.
  • Greg Sargeant discovers Republican voters think Rick Perry is their most electable candidate.
  • Will Wilkinson has started a new blog.

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Blogbook: September 12, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Newcastle, Australia

12 September 2011


  • Spencer Ackerman knows how America can end the 9/11 era: stop being terrified.
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates considers the difference between white Washington and black D.C.
  • Suzy Khimm lists five things we don't know about Obama's jobs plan.
  • Will Americans like Obama's jobs plan? Depends how you ask them, says Nate Silver.
  • Mike Barthel photographs a Seattle shop devoted to 9/11 memorabilia — including confetti.

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Blogbook: September 9, 2011

By Jonathan Bradley in Newcastle, Australia

9 September 2011


  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor desn't like President Obama's infrastructure bank idea.
  • Rick Perry is an experiment, says Ross Douthat. Can the exact kind of candidate conservatives want win?
  • The supercommittee can't reach a deal if it meets in public, argues Matt Yglesias.
  • Spencer Ackerman reports on a 9/11 Truther comic book.
  • Sam Roggeveen is relieved that terrorists are stupid.

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    Blogbook: September 8, 2011

    By Jonathan Bradley in Newcastle, Australia

    8 September 2011


    • Of the GOP Reagan Library debate, Josh Marshall thinks Perry did well but Romney won.
    • The debate confirmed Rick Perry as the front runner, argues Stanley Kurtz. 
    • Rick Perry's electability may cause issues for him in the GOP primary, says Nate Silver.
    • Haley Sweetland Edwards recounts a history of people snubbing invitations from the President.
    • Jay Smooth on what the GOP presidential field shares with Insane Clown Posse.

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    Blogbook: September 7, 2011

    By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

    7 September 2011


    • Mitt Romney's economic team is more notable than his jobs plan, writes Ezra Klein.
    • "Enough is enough," RedState's Erick Erickson tells Sarah Palin.
    • Jon Huntsman talks '70s rock with Dave Weigel.
    • Democrats on the supercommittee want more spending cuts so they can get more stimulus.
    • Reihan Salam argues cutting some regulations will help the environment.

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    Blogbook: September 6, 2011

    By Jonathan Bradley in Newcastle, Australia

    6 September 2011


    • Andrew Carr is collecting examples of bad writing on 9/11.
    • Amy Sullivan lists what journalists should be asking politicians about religion.
    • Jonathan Bernstein says Sarah Palin is acting like a presidential candidate, and should be treated like one.
    • Andre R. W. Schmiechel recounts the pain of being married to a Wisconsin public school teacher.
    • Ilya Gerner examines the propensity for partisans to interfere in opposing parties' primaries.

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    Blogbook: September 5, 2011

    By Jonathan Bradley in Newcastle, Australia

    5 September 2011


    • Environmentalists are furious that Obama has abandoned a stricter level of smog regulation.
    • Stricter smog regulations would actually create jobs, argues Paul Krugman.
    • Erik Loomis highlights presidents with the best record on the environment.
    • Texas is getting ready to execute two more possibly innocent men under Rick Perry, writes Alex Pareene.
    • Gordon Block identifies a Simpsons equivalent for each NFL head coach.
    • Happy Labor Day!

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    Blogbook: September 2, 2011

    By Jonathan Bradley in Newcastle, Australia

    2 September 2011


    • Mitt Romney's problem is that he's bad at politics, argues Scott Galupo
    • ...Maybe not that bad, according to Daniel Larison.
    • The Tea Party has fallen out of love with Christine O'Donnell, writes Conor Friedersdorf.
    • Sam Roggeveen ponders the future of American manufacturing.
    • Alyssa Rosenberg rates the rock bands of the Republican presidential field.

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    Blogbook: September 1, 2011

    By Jonathan Bradley in Newcastle, Australia

    1 September 2011


    • We don't remember significant historical events like 9/11 as well as we think we do.
    • "My friend Ronnie Frye ... was poisoned to death in the middle of the night by the government of the State of North Carolina."
    • Kevin Drum wants to know why conservative politicians get a pass on saying crazy things.
    • Charge a tariff on immigration visas, suggests Alex Nowrasteh.
    • Rosie Gray explains why the Twitter policy for CBS/The National Journal reporters is so absurd.

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    Blogbook: August 31, 2011

    By Jonathan Bradley in Newcastle, Australia

    31 August 2011


    • Allison Gaudet Yarrow grades Barack Obama on what he has achieved for women.
    • Bruce Bartlett outlines the problems with payroll tax cuts.
    • Trevor Thrall explains why the public has no love for Obama's foreign policy.
    • Taliban leader Mullah Omar confirms he is negotiating with the US, reports Spencer Ackerman.
    • Alex Pareene explains how Rick Perry got so rich working for the government.

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    Blogbook: August 30, 2011

    By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

    30 August 2011


    • Ross Douthat on what the New Yorker's Michele Bachman profile gets wrong about Christian Conservatism. 
    • Hamed Haleaziz discovers the FBI has his mosque under surveillance.
    • Matt Yglesias imagines what an Al Gore presidency might have been like.
    • Ezra Klein thinks Obama's nomination of Alan Kreuger to lead the Council of Economic Advisors was pretty predictable
    • It would be a mistake for the US to expect Libya to be like Iraq, warns Dan Murphy.

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    Blogbook: August 29, 2011

    By Jonathan Bradley in Newcastle, Australia

    29 August 2011


    • Fareed Zakaria suggests that America needs a prime minister.
    • The federal government could not handle a Fukushima-style disaster in the Midwest, writes Noah Shachtman
    • Jonathan Cohn considers how Obama could sell Keynesian stimulus to America.
    • America should imitate Jay-Z in its foreign policy, argues Marc Lynch. 
    • Matt Taibbi thinks its time US universities started paying their athletes.

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    Blogbook: August 26, 2011

    By Jonathan Bradley in Sydney, Australia

    26 August 2011


    • Adam Serwer delineates the difference between libertarian policy and freedom.
    • The US army wastes its foreign language speakers, says Max Rosenthal.
    • Matt Yglesias on Ron Paul's strange definition of freedom.
    • Democrats wouldn't do any better in 2012 if Obama didn't run for a second term, writes Nate Silver.
    • Jessica Grose explains why few North Dakotans get divorced

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    Blogbook: August 25, 2011

    By Jonathan Bradley in Newcastle, Australia

    25 August 2011


     

  • Andrew Carr imagines a world in which the ANZUS treaty was never signed.
  • Jonathan Blanks recounts the historical relationship between gun rights and civil rights.
  • Ezra Klein looks back at Bill Clinton's welfare reform and judges its success.
  • Seattle journalist Travis Mayfield doesn't think much of the East Coast's over-reaction to its earthquake.
  • Tumblr-er Jakke revisits August 2007 to show how unreliable early polling is for presidential nominations.
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