Monthly Archives: June 2011

Insider Job

Eric Cantor walked out of debt-ceiling negotiations last week, increasing the liklihood of a bond market freakout if the U.S. Treasury is unable to make good on the nation’s financial obligations. As the WSJ reports, a resulting collapse in the … Continue reading

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On Overtreatment in Health Care, Or: The Dr. Hibbert/Dr. Nick Problem

Certainly the main goal of health reform was to make sure more people have access to decent medical care. But for the 90%+ of Americans who already have decent access, I’d say that redundant, unnecessary, and just plain over-treatment is … Continue reading

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The Odious but Strangely Admirable Honesty of Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell is a strange and fascinating politician. Yes, he is a breathing, blinking humanoid machine of pure political calculation, but that’s not the strange or fascinating part. What’s strange and fascinating is that he’s sort of incapable of lying … Continue reading

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Spending Through the Tax Code is Still Spending

Congress and the White House have been haggling over long-term deficit cuts as they try to reach agreement on raising the debt limit. After years of repeating the incantation "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem," Republicans are … Continue reading

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Jon Huntsman: Why?

I really enjoyed this long profile of Jon Huntsman in the NYT Magazine. Huntsman is announcing for president tomorrow, and the piece offers a fascinating look at the process by which a smart, rich, accomplished guy convinces himself—or gets convinced … Continue reading

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Turkey Has a Refugee Problem, Which Means the Refugees Have an Even Bigger Turkey Problem

History says that if you are displaced from your home under physical threat from your brutal government, you should really hope that the border to which you flee to save your own life is not one shared by Turkey. Yes, … Continue reading

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Republican Candidates Struggle to Find a Way to Oppose Every Single Thing Obama Stands For

In a dream last night I did a one-on-one interview with Mitt Romney. The interview was conducted (why not) at former Massachusetts governor William Weld’s house. I hadn’t prepared at all for it so when I arrived I idled in … Continue reading

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On L’Affaire Weiner

One of the more (ok, only) interesting questions to come out of the Weiner scandal—which is becoming more sordid all the time—is, should we care? Or, since “we” don’t have a vote in the matter; should his constituents care? Or … Continue reading

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Continuity in American Policy, Fuck Yeah

Politico has an interesting interview with Robert Gates as he prepares to leave the Pentagon at the end of this month. One thing that struck me was what Gates sees as the source of American foreign policy strength: There are … Continue reading

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