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Jonathan Alter

Can GOP Modernize? 'Yes' Since Boomers Economically Insecure, 'No' Due to Rush/FOX Poison

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio


Frum-Alter disagree on two big topics: is Obama's ISIS strategy of "containment" capable of driving the group back? Can Republicans come back by developing economic solutions for anxious middle-class boomers and by being culturally tolerant? How do either when right-wing media dumbs base down?

BOTH SIDES NOW: Obamacares, Popenomics, Bill O'Really?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpg Mary Matalin and Jonathan Alter debate whether Obamacare's Relaunch retook the health offensive and can revive it. Mary then describes what a Catholic conservative thinks about a Pope attacking "trickle down" policies and Limbaugh attacking the Pope for "pure Marxism." Also: What War on Xmas?

BOTH SIDES NOW: After Shutdown, Nader and Alter Discuss 'Vote Against Extremism' As Slogan for 2014

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.27.2013 | Media
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgNow that Congress crashed on Cruz Control, Ralph and Jonathan concur that that Ted and the Tea Party are fringe but disagree on how Obama is taking them on. And they debate the prospects of Cruz, Booker, Brown.

Obama Legacy Project Should Focus on Judicial Appointments

Scott Porch | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Scott Porch

There are many things that Obama cannot control about his legacy, but he should use every tool available to leave the broad mark on the judiciary that he is constitutionally required to make.

A Politico Snack Before the Main Course of 2012 Campaign Books

Scott Porch | Posted 08.25.2013 | Media
Scott Porch

The Playbook 2012 series is a breezy, fly-on-the-wall, real-time reporter's notebook. It is not a definitive history of the election and does not purport to be.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Scandals-Without-Headines I: Constitution-Gate!

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgShow trials and screw-ups do not make for true "scandals." But what about GOP efforts to in effect deny the original intent of Article II when it comes to Obama's constitutional power to name judges? Spitzer & Matalin debate this as well as the NSA and Rice-Power appointments.

Fox News Chief Is Unbelievably Paranoid

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 06.04.2013 | Media

Bloomberg View columnist and NBC News contributor Jonathan Alter joined HuffPost Live Tuesday to discuss his new book, The Center Holds: Obama And His...

Howard Fineman

Where Is The Obama Of Ohio 2012? | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Barack Obama was so focused and organized in Ohio for his reelection last year that he had 1,000 neighborhood teams in place in the st...

Rupert Murdoch Reportedly Thinks Roger Ailes Is 'Cuckoo'

Posted 05.07.2013 | Media

Another tidbit about Roger Ailes from Jonathan Alter's new book: Rupert Murdoch reportedly thinks the Fox News chief is "cuckoo." New York magazin...

Andy Borowitz: On Campaign 2012 and Mothers

92nd Street Y | Posted 03.05.2013 | Comedy
92nd Street Y

Andy Borowitz: Countdown to 2012 took place on October 24, 2012. In this clip, Andy talks to his panel about the wives of the 2012 presidential candi...

A Primer for Non-Education Writers

John Thompson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Education
John Thompson

Education beat writers demonstrate the same excellence as other journalists. The problem is Op Ed columnists and other writers who seem to know no more about schools than what they hear at cocktail parties.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Can Mitt's 'Rope-a-Hope' Tactic Work?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgReagan and Clarke debate whether 44 won a Pyrrhic victory at Boca -- crushing content as Romney passed a 'commander-in-chief' test? And they talk taboos: does the Gingrich-Sununu crowd race-bait? Kosher to discuss Mitt's Mormonism? Who lies more?

Andy Borowitz: Countdown to 2012

92nd Street Y | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
92nd Street Y

Andy Borowitz: Countdown to 2012 took place on October 24, 2012. In this clip, Andy talks to his panel featuring Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Al...

Bad Air Day

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 08.22.2011 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Every so often, I step back to see what staunch proponents of "corporate reform" are saying now. Maybe there's new evidence? Maybe I've missed some ...

Michael Calderone

Will Bloomberg's Opinion Section Echo Mayor Bloomberg? | Michael Calderone | Posted 06.28.2011 | Media

NEW YORK -- Will Bloomberg View ever diverge from Bloomberg's view? Executive editor David Shipley, tapped in December -- along with former assista...

Jonathan Alter Leaves Newsweek | Posted by Keach Hagey 10:30 AM | Posted 06.11.2011 | Media

Jonathan no longer with [Newsweek]. He sent a note to his contacts over the weekend saying, "With changes afoot, my old Newsweek email a...

EXCLUSIVE: Obama Team Dysfunction Hurt Economic Policy, Says New Epilogue To Book

The Huffington Post | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Some revelations about the Obama administration detailed in the new epilogue to the upcoming paperback release of Jonathan Alter's bestseller, "The Pr...

Open Letter to Bill Gates

Peter Zucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

I think it is time that Bill, and others of his ilk get, pardon the pun, schooled on tenure.

Delaying an Afghanistan Drawdown Is Political and Policy Suicide

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

By moving away from 2011 Afghan withdrawal date, President Obama will have shown that he can be bullied into whatever policy the Republicans and the generals want. That's political and policy suicide.

McClatchy: Obama to Renege on Afghan Drawdown

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

If you were going to draw up a list of five things that President Obama could do that would be likely to draw a primary challenge in 2012, throwing the Afghanistan drawdown in the trash would surely be on that list.

Is David Petraeus a 'Lying Liar' About the Drawdown?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

No reporter has asked Mr. Petraeus during his current media tour about the contradiction between his current advocacy for delaying the withdrawal and his "Yes, sir" under explicit questioning that he would not ask for more time.

Jason Linkins

America Needs A Nancy Pelosi-John Boehner Debate Like It Needs A Gaping Head Wound | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

By all means, what the voters need right now is some sort of superfluous television event that will allow the media to indulge themselves in an orgiastic display of their worst instincts.

Education Reforms Will Miss the 'Top' Without Broader Consensus

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

I am sure that Jonathan Alter's recent column in Newsweek, is as funny to the lobbyists of teacher unions as it is to me. The column is in fact not about Congress, but rather about Rep. David Obey (D-WI).

The War For Financial Independence: The Call to Surrender

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There's a new conventional wisdom forming in Washington, DC: the American dream of financial independence and security is gone. The ideal of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is dead. Deal with it.

Why Are the LGBT and Immigration Movements Vibrant as the Labor Movement Dies?

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

This White House has made it clear it will only take on controversial issues if it is forced to through vocal protest against the White House. Its time for labor to turn up the heat on the White House.