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Social Security Trust -- Or, Never Lend Money to a Conservative

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Never lend money to a conservative. That's one conclusion to be drawn from recent attacks on Social Security by Bloomberg View columnists Megan McArdle and Ramesh Ponnuru. Apparently promises, even legally executed ones, don't mean much to their crowd.

The Upside of Your Dark Side, Free Speech, and 'Problems of Comfort'

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 03.30.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

I believe that we can expect threats to freedom of speech to get worse as human beings are likely to expect not just greater physical comfort as time goes by, but greater "intellectual comfort" as well.

Why I'm So Annoyed by the Recent Debate Over Home Cooking

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 11.08.2014 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

Last week a debate over family dinner and home cooking erupted in the blogosphere -- and I'm here to tell you that just about everyone involved is ticking me off.

Jason Linkins

No, Kids, Do Not Listen To The Lady Who Thinks You Should 'Run At The Guy With The Gun' | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

You know what the dumbest thing I've read since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is? It's the same thing everyone else is calling the dumbest...

Shanah Tovah: It's Not About Being Happy -- It's About Doing Good

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 11.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

There are two Hebrew words that we say many, many times over these High Holy Days. Those two Hebrew words are, of course, shanah tovah. And yet we almost always mistranslate them.

Newsweek's Numbers Are 'Alarmist,' Economist Says

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.10.2012 | Money

Newsweek just published a cover story arguing that college is not worth it for many young people. But there is little evidence to support that claim. ...

TV's Show Depiction Of D.C. Irks 'Atlantic' Blogger

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.03.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Yet another TV show gets D.C. wrong. The latest offender? Showtime's "Homeland," the critically acclaimed show about a troubled if lo...

The Transformative Power of Failure?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Justin Snider

Can failure transform us in important -- and healthy -- ways? Should we champion failure as much as we do success? And in the field of education, should we learn not just to live with but to love leaders who fail?

As the Aging Stoop to Their Labors, Prosperous Pundits Lecture Them About Sacrifice

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

The aging American workforce is being vilified, in much the same way the poor were in previous decades. Politicians and pundits who once might have spread myths about "welfare queens" are now describing retired people as "greedy geezers."

There Are Zero Good Reasons to Block Elizabeth Warren

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

The political case for appointing Warren is even stronger than the policy case. Choosing anybody other than Warren will not make Obama appear reasonable or moderate--it will make him look weak and corruptible.

Elizabeth Warren and Her Discontents

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

President Obama must choose between appointing Ms. Warren or placating the big banks. There is no Third Way. Unfortunately for the President, Elizabeth Warren is a yes or no question.

Who Duped Rolling Stone Gonzo Reporter Matt Taibbi?

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Tucker

Taibbi, Rolling Stone magazine's teen heartthrob, became a sensation last month after calling Goldman Sachs "a giant vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity."

The Atlantic: Taibbi Is 'Becoming The Sarah Palin Of Journalism'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Matt Taibbi's much-discussed take down of Goldman Sachs in Rolling Stone has begun to get its share of criticism. Today, Joe Weisenthal at Clusterstoc...

NY Times Writer and His Mortgage Woes

Yvette Kantrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Yvette Kantrow

It does make you wonder: What would this story read like if his wife wrote it? And I'm not convinced that Andrews' airing of his dirty laundry is such an act of bravery.

The iPhone Refugee

August J. Pollak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
August J. Pollak