16 May 2012
- America's first gay president? Try James Buchanan.
- The White House has been inserting its accomplishments into biographies of past presidents.
- Is the filibuster unconstitutional?
- What's behind Ron Paul's decision to scale back his campaign?
- Cord Jefferson finds a realistic portrayal of African Americans on TV — from 1992.
- We like American music: Galactic ft. Mystikal & Mannie Fresh, "Move Fast" (2012)
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.
14 May 2012
- Andrew Sullivan thinks Obama's evolution on gay marriage was genuine.
- What if Dick Lugar's loss wasn't an ideological purge?
- But Republican primaries in general polarise, while Democratic ones do not.
- What is political science research good for?
- RIP Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass player of iconic soul group Memphis Groove.
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."
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.
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.
7 May 2012
- Ezra Klein predicts how a second Obama term might look.
- Cutting taxes won't do anything to reduce unemployment, argues Bruce Bartlett.
- Was the backlash against Muslims after 9/11 exaggerated? Conor Friedersdorf says no.
- Hispanic turnout could be low in 2012, finds Ronald Brownstein.
- Jeff Weiss eulogises Adam Yauch.
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.
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?
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.
1 May 2012
- Must read of the day: Jonathan Chait on the sanctification of Paul Ryan.
- A lack of small donations might signal problems for Mitt Romney.
- Did Dems goof by picking North Carolina for their convention?
- Which American cities are best for women?
- Jim Newell profiles the worst predictions from this year's primary season.
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?
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.
26 April 2012
- Republicans and Democrats don't even agree on how well the economy is doing.
- Ezra Klein unveils his interactive election predictor.
- Is the political cartoon obsolete?
- The difference between American and British cursing.
- President Obama "slow jams" the news.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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!
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.
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.
3 April 2012
- Do African Americans only protest white-on-black violence?
- Would the Supreme Court lose its legitimacy by overturning Obamacare?
- Was Mad Men's jab at George Romney last night below the belt?
- Will the US follow Canada in abandoning the penny?
- Has Rick Santorum been cyberbullied?
2 April 2012
- Republicans shouldn't have commented on Trayvon Martin, says William Tucker.
- Mitt Romney is the first quantum politician, David Javerbaum theorises.
- Nate Silver says this is the most conservative Supreme Court in modern history.
- David Roberts decodes the EPA's stance on regulating carbon from power plants.
- Ezra Klein describes the conservatism inherent in the individual mandate.
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.
29 March 2012
- ABC News has video of George Zimmerman from the night Trayvon Martin was killed.
- Conservative bloggers drove the legal challenge to health care reform, says Adam Teicholz.
- Jack Balkin suggests limiting principles the Court could use for the individual mandate.
- "Elites" — however defined — tend to vote Republican, finds Andrew Gelman.
- Meet Don Johnson, the man who "broke Atlantic City."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
16 March 2012
- The president is black, but African American politicians still struggle, says Jamelle Bouie.
- The US is closing bases in Afghanistan, reports Spencer Ackerman.
- Ohio is a key Republican target in this November's Senate races, says Greg Sargent.
- Ronald Bailey is unimpressed with Gingrich's promise of low gasoline prices.
- A GOP House member wants to raise taxes on millionaires, reports Steve Benen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
7 March 2012
- Super Tuesday went as expected, says Jon Bernstein.
- Evan Osnos reports China's view of Super Tuesday.
- Adam Serwer gauges the legitimacy of Obama's extrajudicial killing policy.
- Ezra Klein doesn't think Obama would have supported the policy in 2005.
- Seth Masket identifies the most expensive election of all time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
27 February 2012
- Nate Silver delves into the GOP's complex delegate rules.
- Is Washington hypocritical or cynical?
- Soren Dayton wants to kill the caucus system.
- Asks Matt Yglesias: Will Romney take credit for the success of Romneycare?
- Sarah Palin is upset HBO didn't let her see the "Game Change" script, reports Zach Dionne.
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?
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.
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.
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.
20 February 2012
- Republicans have a "back up plan" to stop Santorum, reports Jennifer Rubin.
- Dylan Matthews outlines "Modern Monetary Theory."
- Xi Jinping demonstrates the value of American soft power, says Nick Bryant.
- A Dahlia Lithwick explains why a Virginia anti-abortion law is so invasive.
- Brad Plumer says online shopping might be causing Americans to drive less.
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.
16 February 2012
- Nate Silver has upgraded Obama's chances of winning in November to 60 per cent.
- Women like Romney. Men like Santorum. Jennifer Rubin explains why.
- Sam Roggeveen collects some great moments from political debates.
- The West Wing's Josiah Bartlet was a mediocre president, argues Ian Millhiser.
- The surprise NBA success of an Asian-American Harvard grad shouldn't have been a surprise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
31 January 2012
- Spending by outside groups on political ads is up 1600 per cent since 2008.
- Ezra Klein explains why Bill Clinton isn't polarising.
- Spencer Ackerman catalogues Newt Gingrich's zeal for military aggression.
- The Muppets vs. Fox News.
- Donovan Strain pinpoints the exact date of Ice Cube's "Good Day"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
21 December 2011
- Politifact announces its "Lie of the Year": The GOP voted to end Medicare.
- Ezra Klein discusses the problem with fact checking.
- Obama will announce he supports marriage equality before the next election, predicts Richard Socarides.
- John Hodgman on the hurt feelings of the one per cent.
- Sam Roggeveen on the Americanness of Steven Spielberg.
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?
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.
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.
15 December 2011
- The Obama team sees five routes to victory next year.
- Mitt Romney is not popular in the South, says Steve Kornacki.
- Empathy is a great barrier to understanding race in America, says Ta-Nehisi Coates.
- Dems may drop a millionaires tax to avoid a government shutdown, reports Brian Beutler.
- Alyssa Rosenberg outlines what Obama can learn from his favourite TV shows.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
28 November 2011
- Black Friday sales are up 6.6 per cent on last year, reports Matt Yglesias.
- That doesn't mean jobs are coming back, cautions Suzy Khimm.
- Does the Manchester Union Leader's Gingrich endorsement mean anything?
- David Andolfatto wonders whether the world needs more US debt.
- Adam Gopnik says America is split between "turkeys" and "eagles."
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
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.
23 November 2011
- Rick Perry has some good ideas for reforming Medicaid, writes Sarah Kliff.
- Obama has threatened to veto an extension of the Bush tax cuts, reports Brian Beutler.
- The USSC's Adam Locker explains the good and bad of defence sequestration.
- Extending unemployment benefits will help the economy, says Mike Konczal.
- The CBO is a "reactionary, socialist institution," according to Newt Gingrich.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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."
8 November 2011
- Sharon Bialek says Herman Cain sexually harrassed her in 1997.
- Herman Cain is "either the most unfortunate lobbyist ever to grace D.C., or he’s a pig."
- The right needn't worry, says Peter Beinart. Romney would be a conservative president.
- Ezra Klein wonders if Obama could have nominated someone other than Bernanke to the Fed.
- Polls suggest voters think the GOP is intentionally sabotaging the economy, reports Brian Beutler.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
6 October 2011
- Wired eulogises Steve Jobs.
- "Lady we all kind of forgot about decides not to do a job she didn't have a chance at."
- Fergus Hanson encounters Washington D.C.
- There's much to admire about Chicago's city planning, writes Matt Yglesias.
- Alyssa Rosenberg hopes Sesame Street's poverty-stricken muppet joins the regular cast.
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.
3 October 2011
- Nate Silver takes a look at the luck of late entrants to presidential races.
- Herman Cain is the one Republican to attack Perry over the racist name of his old hunting spot,
- Herman Cain is no Booker T. Washington, says Ta-Nehisi Coates
- US TV should make peace with obscene language, argues Gavin Polone
- Chicago is America's most moustache-friendly city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
15 September 2011
- The FBI teaches its agents mainstream Muslims are violent and radical, reports Spencer Ackerman.
- The Democrats' loss of Anthony Weiner's seat is not remarkable, says Steve Kornacki.
- Special elections are often insignificant, but these losses are troubling for Dems, writes Nate Silver.
- Jonathan Bernstein is outraged at a GOP proposal to change Pennsylvania's electoral college votes.
- Rod Dreher says Elizabeth Warren is a Democrat he'd vote for.
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.
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.
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.
9 September 2011
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
25 August 2011
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- Noah Shachtman writes an epigraph for NATO's Libyan intervention.
- A New York City plan to reduce obesity by banning the use of food stamps to buy soda probably wouldn't work, finds Sarah Kliff.
- The recall elections in Wisconsin seem to have persuaded Ohio Governor John Kasich to compromise on his own labour reforms, writes Aaron Blake.
- Jonathan Bernstein gauges the actual influence of George W. Bush as a president.
- Stephen Grenville defends Ben Bernanke.
19 August 2011
- Former White House official Elizabeth Warren looks likely to challenge Scott Brown for the Massachusetts Senate seat.
- The U.S. Postal Service is in big trouble, reports Annie Lowrey.
- Jay Cost explains how the "invisible primary" works.
- Standard & Poor's have done the U.S. a favour by downgrading its credit rating, writes Peter Costello.
- Deborah Fallows takes in America from the air.
18 August 2011
- Rick Perry's Ben Bernanke-bashing is in tune with the Republican mainstream, says Dave Weigel.
- California is planning a high speed rail link from San Francisco to San Diego. It's a boondoggle, says Kevin Drum. Maybe not, says Brad Plumer.
- Paul Burka lists eight things non-Texans may not yet know about Rick Perry.
- Don Peck asks if the American middle class can be saved.
- Liberals would love a Paul Ryan presidential run almost as much as conservatives would, writes Ed Kilgore.
17 August 2011
- Warren Buffett wants the government to put his taxes up.
- Florida is a dangerous place to be a pedestrian.
- Paul Krugman ponders how supply-driven trends have shaped the Rick Perry-stewarded Texas economy.
- Stephen Grenville has some suggestions on ways the US can escape the economic crisis.
- Preppie retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wants to pay "Jersey Shore" star The Situation to stop wearing its clothes.
16 August 2011
- Sarah Posner on what to believe and what not to believe about Michele Bachmann's religious beliefs.
- President Barack Obama's approval rating has sunk into the 30s for the first time during his presidency.
- Get ready for the return of the competitive 2008 Obama, predicts E.J. Dionne.
- Andrew Sullivan on the "Christianist takeover of the Republican Party."
- The Champ at Very Smart Brothas makes his peace with gentification.
15 August 2011
- Garance Franke-Ruta recounts the "circus" that was the Ames Straw Poll.
- Erick Erickson identifies an overlooked Rick Perry advantage: His campaign team has been in place for years and is ready to go.
- A health care law based on Medicare-for-all would have prevented challenges to the reform's constitutionality, argues Robert Reich.
- The USSC's Tom Switzer looks back at Richard Nixon's decision 40 years ago to float the US dollar and end Bretton Woods.
- The polarisation in the American electorate might help Barack Obama in 2012, suggests Ramesh Ponnuru.
12 August 2011
- ...And with the addition of House Democrats Jim Clyburn (SC-6), Xavier Becerra (CA-31), and Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), the super committee is complete.
- Keeping the super committee's activities confidential would be the best way to keep out special interests, argues Joshua Green
- Congress should convene a super committee for growth, suggests Ezra Klein.
- The Republican hoping to win former Congressman Anthony Weiner's old seat is just six points behind in the polls, reports Dave Weigel.
- Meet the gay Republican operative running for the GOP's 2012 presidential nomination.
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