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Michael Tomasky

Bill Clinton: The American Presidents Series: The 42nd President, 1993-2001

Thought Matters | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics
Thought Matters

By Michael Tomasky A Young Fellow in a Hurry It was the summer after Bill Clinton finished first grade. Roger Clinton, the man Bill grew up calling ...

Common Arguments from Prominent Hillary Clinton Supporters Debunked

Ben Spielberg | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

People support presidential candidates for a variety of reasons, and instead of jumping to conclusions about the character of those who disagree with us, we should listen to those reasons and evaluate them on their merits. At the same time, ethics and evidence matter.

Gabriel Arana

How The Nation Is Facing The New Era Of Journalism | Gabriel Arana | Posted 04.07.2015 | Media

Victor Navasky -- The Nation’s editor for 18 years, publisher for 10, and now publisher emeritus -- has a saying about the magazine: “What’s goo...

Today's GOP No Longer The Best At Politics?

The Daily Beast | Michael Tomasky | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

For years, everyone assumed Republicans were politically savvy and Democrats weren’t. But Michael Tomasky thinks that stereotype is outdated....

Saving Lyin' Ryan

Mark Hertsgaard | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Mark Hertsgaard

Shading the truth is one thing; Politicians of all stripes do that all the time. But Ryan's speech to the Republican faithful on Wednesday night abused truth so often and so shamelessly that even some mainstream media voices took notice in their post-speech coverage.

Jason Linkins

Someone Will Win The 2012 Election In A Landslide, Unless They Don't, Say People | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics

If I had just 30 words to describe the state of the 2012 race, I would say, "Obama holds a narrow but not insurmountable lead, and the lousy state of the economy offers Romney a better than average chance to win a close race." That would leave me with three words, which I would donate to a worthy charity. But even if I had several hundred words to describe the state of the race, I probably would not describe it as an imminent "landslide." At least not in August of 2012. But Dick Morris, who primarily exists as a counteragent to Clinton-era nostalgia, is doing just that, because he's seen "numbers" that are more "real" than other, less "real" numbers, and these hypothetically add up to a Romney "landslide"

The Death of al Qaeda's #2: Time to Wind Down the War on Terror

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

This is the time to start publicly acknowledging we've won the war the United States declared in 2001 against those who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the September 11 attacks, and those who harbored them. It's time to embark on a more rational counterterrorism policy.

Rebuilding America's Stock of Power

Steve Clemons | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Getting things right with the BRICS plus Turkey is vital to all national security challenges in the future -- and managing the reality that China matters more than all the rest is the vital challenge that matters.

How Rich Is Rich?

Mark Engler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Engler

On the far side of the Atlantic, a future Queen of England has been selected. The office of the Prince of Wales announced on November 16 that Prince W...

Michael Tomasky's Despairing Take on American History

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

Tomasky's notion that anything that happened before today cannot be adequately invoked to derive lessons or guidance negates the very idea of looking to history for inspiration, hope, and direction.

Health Care, Economy, War On Terror: Is Obama Delivering?

The New York Review of Books | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The New York Review of Books Obama and the Guantanamo Mess: A Way Out? By David Cole President Obama's announcement that the United States intends t...

Jason Linkins

Len Downie Novel Gets Hammered: 'J-School Literature' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Michael Tomasky cannot put me off wanting to read this book, because even if the destination is lame, the journey is mind-bending! Sources get murdered! Deus ex machinae emerge! There is an "orgy," apparently, in "Arlington."