25 May 2017

Mr. Complicit

William Saletan

Why Staying Put Was McMaster’s Most Patriotic Act

The National Security adviser was called a hypocrite for defending Trump’s handling of classified intelligence. But critics misread his book and his motives.

Mark Perry

17 May 2017

Will Trump Be the First to Politicize the FBI?

Shortlist names like Kelly Ayotte and John Cornyn sound like ideal Washington department heads—until you realize why the FBI has never had a political leader.

Garrett M. Graff

01 May 2017

If you really respect Trump voters, tell them the truth

The ultimate irony of today’s era of nostalgia politics, after all, is that the era people are nostalgic for was itself an era of incredibly rapid change. The “good old days” were a time when new industries were rising, the population was growing fast, and the built environment shifted rapidly in the direction of suburbanization. The country didn’t dig out of the trials of the Depression and World War II by “bringing back” the economic conditions that prevailed during the McKinley administration. Instead, a country that embraced new ideas built new communities populated by people who moved to new places to work in new fields.

Matthew Yglesias

Widespread scalping is a sign of poor revenue management by event organizers

Andris Strazds & Thomas Grennes

18 April 2017

One of Trump’s central problems? He doesn’t get policy.

Andrew Prokop

The Return of the King of Debt

Reihan Salam

70 days in, Donald Trump’s presidency is flailing

The outcomes we're seeing look like what you'd expect from an inexperienced, unfocused president who's more interested in tweeting out cable news commentary than learning about the government he runs and the policies he wants to change.

Ezra Klein

The myth of the 70,000-page federal tax code

Dylan Matthews

Nunes Can’t Be Trusted

William Saletan

American health care can be free market or cheap. It can’t be both.

Ezra Klein

The Year Nixon Fell Apart

John A. Farrell

The Greatest Trick the Government Ever Pulled Was Convincing Us We Aren’t Already on Welfare

Chris Ladd

30 March 2017

Judicial originalism as myth

The first condition required to justify constitutional 'originalism' in anything resembling an intellectually honest manner is that any constitution that may be interpreted this way have a sunset provision. In other words, successive generations must not be bound to the strict interpretation of a document in which they had no voice in creating. -ed. 

A brief guide to Kevin Hassett, Trump's new chief economist

Dylan Matthews

Farewell to Kenneth Arrow, a Gentle Genius of Economics

Larry Summers

Unemployment versus Underemployment: Assessing Labor Market Slack

John Robertson

13 March 2017

The Axe Files with David Axelrod: 118 - Carl Berns...

Dashed Expectations Power White Anger

So this is a possible explanation for why white Americans were angrier at banks and large companies than their minority counterparts. Their extrapolative expectations were more optimistic to start with. Having known nothing but enrichment for three straight decades, they suddenly found that this wasn’t just the way the world worked -- that in fact, wealth doesn’t just build itself for most people in most time periods.

The case for Supreme Court term limits has never been stronger

Lee Drutman

27 February 2017

It's a lot harder to fight lies about invisible things

Alvin Chang

What It Means to Speak for the United States

Your credibility as a spokesperson for the U.S. government is everything, and the consequences of losing it are potentially very serious. The same Trump administration personnel putting forward inaccurate statistics about Metro ridership and the size of the crowd on the national mall are the same ones who will – at a moment’s notice – be called on to explain President Trump’s decision to use force on the battlefield or rally our allies if we were attacked. They are the same people who need to call out foreign hackers intruding into our networks or talk about where to seek help after a natural disaster. Our fellow citizens and leaders in foreign capitals alike should not be left to debate why there is a contrast between the Trump administration and empirical analysis available to the rest of the world.

13 January 2017

05 January 2017

Partisanship is a helluva drug

Matthew Yglesias

How James Comey and Loretta Lynch made Donald Trump the president of the United States

The next time you shake your head at the sight of Republicans yelling into cameras or talk radio microphones about how terribly angry they are at whatever they're supposed to be angry at today, remember how politically useful all that noise can be.

Paul Waldman