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Fighting Between the Pentagon- and CIA-Backed Militias Portrays a Chaotic U.S. Foreign Policy

David Oualaalou | Posted 04.05.2016 | Home
David Oualaalou

In the past, struggles for dominance and strategy between U.S. intelligence and the Pentagon played out within the confines of the Beltway, in cocktail parties and congressional hearings and high-level, closed-door meetings. Not anymore.

This Is Why Americans Hate Washington

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.26.2015 | Home
Daniel R. DePetris

When you hear the common refrain about Americans hating Washington, they aren't talking about the city in general. Rather, they are referencing the politicians, lobbyists, campaign staffers, and the black-and-white, us-versus-them partisanship of U.S. politics.

Experiencing Outside the Beltway

Jana Novak | Posted 08.31.2013 | DC
Jana Novak

There is nothing that hammers this point home more than driving though middle America, stopping at gas stations in small towns and big cities, and getting to see and interact with those who do not live "inside the Beltway."

Jason Linkins

Brian Schweitzer On Washington: 'Most Of The People You Talk To Are Frauds' | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.20.2013 | Home

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) is being pretty coy about it, but it's generally understood that he is mulling a run for the Senate seat curr...

Jason Linkins

Politico's Harris And VandeHei Are Sick Of Your Politico Critiques | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.18.2013 | Home

Every interview with Politico's two-headed hydra, John Harris and Jim VandeHei, is a tiny little puzzle-box treasure. And credit must be dispensed: Th...

Jason Linkins

Paul Krugman Battles The 'Beltway Deficit Feedback Loop,' And Not By Himself | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.04.2013 | Home

Paul Krugman has become the first human I've ever witnessed escaping from the gravitational pull of something with black hole-like density: Joe Scarborough and his gang of deficit hacks.

Jason Linkins

'Bobby Jindal Is Going To Totally Denounce Washington In A Speech' Is Today's Breathless Political Nonsense | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.24.2013 | Home

Boy howdy, Washington had better barricade itself into The Palm for the next few days because a storm is a-brewin'. A storm of righteous truth, handed...

Politico Accidentally Exposes Beltway Elite

New York Magazine | Jonathan Chait | Posted 12.11.2012 | Home

Politico editors Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen today have published what may be the most revealing piece I have ever read about the Washington power eli...

Jason Linkins

Obama's Super PAC Embrace Is Secretly Loved Inside The Beltway | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.09.2012 | Home

I have nits to pick with a few parts of Jim VandeHei's column "The political transformation of Barack Obama," but I'd rather talk about the way he tak...

Jason Linkins

New York Times Provides The Ultimate Inside-The-Bubble Guide To Economic Crisis | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In a magazine piece previewed in the Times, Peter Baker drops thousands and thousands of words concerning the White House's effort to do something about the terrible economy. The piece sprawls on and on, but it never even attempts to move beyond insider sources who evince no knowledge whatsoever as to how actual Americans are living in the economy. The singular takeaway is that inside the bubble, everyone is doing pretty well in this economy. We'd send you a postcard, but who knows if you'll be in your home a week from now?

The New York Times' Versailles Manifesto

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Sirota

Today's "journalists," like Matt Bai of the New York Times, see no difference between themselves and those they serve. Indeed, when they hear the term "political elites" -- they now see themselves in the mirror.

Jason Linkins

Top Democrat: 'A Journalistic Convention That Doesn't Really Make Sense' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Dave Weigel has a hilarious piece today describing the daily adventures of the shadowy figure in American politics known as "Top Democrat."

Jason Linkins

Politico Finds 'Washington Elites' To Be Out Of Touch With America, Irony Alive And Well | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Sometimes life throws something truly, delightfully ironic at you. Like, for example, today's Politico piece on the "reality gap." Brace yourselves, people: apparently Beltway elites are out of touch with the rest of America!

Obama Can't Thumb His Nose at the GOP, and Here's Why

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

To play the centrist political game correctly requires compromise, conciliation, and bipartisanship. Obama learned early that this was the sure-fire way to bag the big financial and corporate dollars.

Obama Caving on Gays in the Military

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Aubrey Sarvis

In Washington, we know about commissions and study groups and promise-them-anything when you're trolling for votes. But after the election... well, memories fade.