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David Brooks

Cut Spending Today to Save Tomorrow

Tony Blankley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tony Blankley

Winning a majority of Republicans in November without electing a majority for radical, immediate rollback will be essentially as good as losing.

The David Brooks Spin Machine: From Roberts to Kagan

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Scher

You might expect that David Brooks, who regularly lauds pragmatism and meritocracy, would react similarly to Elena Kagan as he did to John Roberts -- but you'd be wrong.

The Independents Sweepstakes

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Campion

There is indeed "unprecedented levels of distrust in Washington," at least since the decades prior to and following the Civil War.

Michael Falcone

Evan Bayh Predicts Third-Party Candidate Could Win Presidency: 'Ross Perot Moment' | Michael Falcone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), who announced he would retire from his U.S. Senate seat at the end of his term, is already looking into his 2012 election cry...

Avatar Afterthought

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Rugnetta

Amidst all of the chatter about Avatar being anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-military, blah blah blah -- which I think is mostly nonsense -- one ...

The Tea Party: Economic Populists or Wall Street Toadies?

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Les Leopold

If the Tea Party fears taxes and big government more than it fears taking on Wall Street, then it will forfeit the mantle of populism.

Mr. President: Find Your Inner Niebuhr

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

As Obama stumbles across the first anniversary of his presidency, he needs to find the inner Niebuhr he knew so well on the campaign trail, and especially reflect on his understanding of power.

Matt Taibbi Accuses David Brooks Of 'Racist Elitism'

True Slant | Matt Taibbi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Normally one would have to be in the grip of a narcissistic psychosis to think that a columnist for the New York Times has written an article for your...

Matt Taibbi Blasts David Brooks Colum On Populism

True/Slant | Matt Taibbi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

But leaving aside any discussion of Brooks the human being, this latest column of his is something that has to be discussed. The propagandistic argume...

Populism and Regulatory Reform, Cont'd

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Somewhere among the finger-pointing, the paralysis and the stark-raving fear of electoral defeat in Massachusetts there may be some rethinking going on, but it has little to do with substance.

Haiti: Negative Commentary and MLK Jr.

Martha St Jean | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Martha St Jean

It is a shame that David Brooks chooses to see the situation in Haiti only in terms of dollars and cents, when he should view it in light of humanity.

Matt Taibbi Blasts David Brooks: 'Wait Until After The Bodies Were Cold' | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A friend of mine sent a link to Sunday's David Brooks column on Haiti, a genuinely beautiful piece of occasional literature. Not many writers would ha...

Thoughts on Haiti, And the Spirit of Activism in Film

John Farr | Posted 06.28.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Great activist movies portray the ongoing struggle between the welfare of working people and larger societal forces, seemingly beyond their control, that threaten their integrity, livelihood, and often, their very survival.

Avatar: No Fantasy

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John McQuaid

Take a look at a real-world situation that tracks Avatar's concerns rather closely: mountaintop removal coal mining.

Learn To Love The Lie, and Other Lessons From David Brooks

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Allison Kilkenny

David Brooks perfectly describes the Washingtonian culture that disguises itself in "pragmatism." He calls this, "The Analytic Mode," but it could also be titled, "See Spot Learn To Love The Lie."

Reaction to President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is Another "Teaching Moment"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Are we incapable of recognizing the simple fact that it is much better for America to have a president who is admired and respected in the world than one who is despised and feared?

John Thune: The GOP's Answer To Obama?

Politics Daily | Matt Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While names like Palin, Romney and Huckabee get most of the attention when it comes to 2012 presidential speculation, a dark horse may be rising out o...

Obama Has Off-The-Record Lunch With Journalists At White House

Politico | Posted by Michael Calderone 03:13 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The attendees for Friday's lunch were as follows: CNN's David Gergen, Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, Newsweek's Jon Meacham and Howard Fineman, the...

After the Underwear Bomber, Republicans Have Shown Their True Color: Weakness

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Where are the tough-guy Republicans now? When did fear and whining replace the gunslinger persona? The Republican reaction has been to give the terrorists exactly what they want.

David Brooks on Palin: A Profile in Cowardice

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

It was amusing -- if appalling -- to watch David Brooks yesterday declare that Sarah Palin is a "joke" and only qualified to be a TV "talk show host." During the 2008 campaign he believed the same thing but refused to put it in print.

When Pundits Attack: The Beck-Brooks Fight

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

After the summer of townhalls and what's shaping up as the autumn of Glenn Beck, it is hard to see things through David Brooks' bifocals.

Improviser in Chief

Mike Bonifer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

David Brooks expresses a mystifying lack of comprehension at how the Obama team rolls.

Keep Going, Republicans! You're Doing Great!

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

If recent polling is any indication, people don't want to be associated with the party that elevates the self-satirical wackaloons. Especially when they refuse to be honest about who they are.

David Brooks Picks The Best Long-Form Magazine Journalism Of 2009

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Every year, I give out Sidney Awards to the best magazine essays of the year. In an age of zipless, electronic media, the idea is to celebrate (and pr...

The Big Confusion: "Moderates" and "Independents" Are Not the Same Thing

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

In a recent New York Times piece, David Brooks divided the electorate into liberals, conservatives and independents. This view mistakes a lack of party affiliation for ideological innocence.