25 July 2017

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How MLK Turned JFK Into a Civil Rights Champion

Nathalie Baptiste

Don Trump Jr.’s Emails Are the Smoking Gun

The people closest to Trump intended to collude with Russia and had the blithe sense of corrupt impunity to spell out that intention in an email chain. They unapologetically sided with a hostile foreign power against their fellow citizens. The biggest question now is whether Republicans in Congress will do the same.

Michelle Goldberg

03 July 2017

Is Michael Flynn Cooperating with the FBI?

Jeremy Stahl

Trevor Noah on the Philando Castile verdict: the NRA should “be losing their goddamn minds”

"'How does a black person not get shot in America? Because if you think about it, the bar is always moving. The goalposts are always shifting. There's always a different thing that explains why a person got shot ... at some point you realize, there's no real answer.'"

"'It's interesting how the people who define themselves by one fundamental American right — the right to bear arms — show that once race is involved, the only right that they believe in is the right to remain silent.'"

29 June 2017

How to Deal With North Korea

There are no good options. But some are worse than others.

Watergate Fueled Conspiracy Theories, Too

Both today and back in the 1970s, defenders of the president wove wacky tales to explain away wrongdoing. And the myths just kept going.

David Greenberg

21 June 2017

This profile of Trump's budget director has an unintentionally revealing anecdote

Mulvaney was a US representative for South Carolina for nearly six years before being appointed to the Trump administration and calls himself a “policy wonk and government junkie.” Just not a jobs data junkie, perhaps.

Tara Golshan

We’re Not Even In Kansas Anymore

But what we’re getting instead is a raw exercise of political power: the GOP is trying to take away health care from millions and hand the savings to the wealthy simply because it can, without even a fig leaf of intellectual justification.

Paul Krugman

20 June 2017

A tweet from Trump’s legal team shows he doesn’t understand what being president is about

Trump, in short, ran the public company as if it were for his private benefit. And his legal team seems to think it’s okay for him to run the American government in the same way.

Matthew Yglesias

Watching the Detectives

As the Waldorf Astoria transforms into posh condos, there’s one luxury amenity it’s unlikely to get back: its intrepid in-house sleuths.

Katrina Gulliver

15 June 2017

Trump Can Commit All the High Crimes He Wants. Republicans Aren’t Going to Impeach Him.

The conservative movement takeover of the Republican Party began in the 1960s and took decades to complete. Conservatives still have not lost their sense of being an insurgent movement that might at any moment be betrayed by the party Establishment. Conservatives think of their role as quasi-independent, but they also imagine it as focusing exclusively on enforcing fealty to their doctrine by politicians who might otherwise be inclined to wander. The scenario they are built to fight against is the Republican president who colludes with Democrats, not one who colludes with foreign dictators. If the president is fighting against the opposition party, they assume he is acting correctly. Conservative organs like National Review originally viewed Richard Nixon with hostility, and — perverse as it may sound — came to his defense because of Watergate.

07 June 2017

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