Niall Ferguson Has a Sad About Liberal Bloggers

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 12:40 pm

The Niall Ferguson Newsweek saga has moved swiftly from tragedy to farce. After getting called out for numerous factual errors in his cover story on his opposition to Barack Obama’s re-election, Ferguson has now struck back with a broadside against the messenger, specifically “liberal bloggers,” who had the temerity to point out his mistakes. My [...]

National Poverty Rate Approaching Pre-Great Society Highs

By: Monday July 23, 2012 9:35 am

The gains of the war on poverty have been almost totally wiped out. The Census Bureau will report that poverty will reach a 46-year high when they announce their numbers later in the fall. The Associated Press surveyed more than a dozen economists, think tanks and academics, both nonpartisan and those with known liberal or [...]

Conservative Activists Shut Down Talk of Keeping Parts of Obamacare Within 30 Minutes

By: Friday May 18, 2012 1:35 pm

I’ve been on quite a few listservs in my career, including ones that were supposed to wield supreme influence. But I can assure you that I’ve never been involved with any listserv as effective as this. Basically, within 30 minutes of a story in Politico about how House Republicans may try to reinstate parts of [...]

President Obama Poised to Endorse Marriage Equality

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 10:56 am

It does indeed appear that Barack Obama will end years of speculation and endorse marriage equality today in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts. The hastily scheduled interview, which was arranged yesterday afternoon, is happening at this hour. The White House cancelled their daily press briefing, suggesting that news will be made in this interview. [...]

Revealed Preferences: Evidence Points to Banks Owning the Place

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 8:15 am

Steve Randy Waldman had a much remarked-upon piece about how policymakers choose to have recessions and depressions, because they have been captured by an elite rentier class. It becomes much easier to understand the decisions made in government with this perspective. We are in a depression, but not because we don’t know how to remedy [...]

Pulitzer Prizes Announced

By: Monday April 16, 2012 12:55 pm

Journalists on my Twitter feed are already buzzing about the announcement of this year’s Pulitzer Prize awards. This year’s crop actually represents a fair mirror for our failed institutions. Sara Ganim and the Harrisburg Patriot-News won in the local reporting category for their stories on Jerry Sandusky and the sex abuse scandal at Penn State. [...]

Tales From the Village: Financial Journalists Take Speaking Fees From Wall Street

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 6:15 am

Paul Starobin has a piece in the Columbia Journalism Review about financial journalists who take speaking fees from the subjects they cover. And what you learn from the story, in my opinion, is that this is just another form of lobbying. The lineup of writers on financial affairs who have spoken at Wall Street events—and [...]

Another Insider Declares Deal Was Made to Stop Public Option

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 7:55 am

I mentioned earlier in the week how the public option fight changed the progressive movement. You had a popular, compromise measure that the public supported, where advocates did everything right, getting their pledges and using allies to make demands, and none of it mattered. It bred cynicism for future fights. Underneath all that was a [...]

Slow News Week Leads to Headache-Inducing Obama Personality Profile

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 6:28 am

This feels suspiciously like “he came in and trashed the place and it’s not his place” journalism. Maybe the ghost of David Broder animated this journalist for the purposes of the story: Mr. Obama, in general, does not go out of his way to play the glad-handing, ego-stroking presidential role. While he does sometimes offer [...]

Why Were Expiring Stimulus Measures Expected to Pass in Super Committee?

By: Monday November 21, 2011 1:45 pm

There’s an emerging meme that I noticed yesterday, actually, occasioning the demise of the Super Committee. For some reason, lots of commentators are making a major assumption that cannot be proven. They are claiming that any Super Committee deal would have included extensions of expiring stimulus measures like unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cut. [...]

Occupy Wall Street Picks Up Broad Themes of Mass Popular Outrage

By: Thursday October 27, 2011 1:40 pm

I continue to believe that the crackdown on the Occupy Oakland facility will only grow the movement of the 99%. But I know the establishment has scratched their heads wondering what the goals of the movement are. Dahlia Lithwick sets them straight: I don’t purport to speak for anyone but myself here, although I spent [...]

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