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Jonathan Chait

California's Climate Revolution: Could It Change the National Conversation?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Preeti Vissa

Largely under the radar of national and even local media, California has begun a quiet revolution in climate policy that could change the whole national conversation about curbing global warming.

Why Liberals Should Stop Predicting the Death of Conservatism

Bryan Schonfeld | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Bryan Schonfeld

Reports of conservatism's death have been greatly exaggerated. Reading recent predictions of the demise of anti-statist politics, one might think we have arrived at the dawn of a new social democratic America.

Envy and Jealousy? Gag Me With a Silver Spoon

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Michael Winship

The argument goes that instead of being jealous, we all should be working in harmony together to create jobs and opportunity. Problem is, the deeply rich talk about building the economy but do almost nothing about it.

Congress Hurtles Toward Another Constitutional Crisis

New York Magazine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Earlier this month, House Republicans provoked a constitutional showdown with President Obama over the debt ceiling, a confrontation in which Obama pr...

No, Not Everyone Can Keep Their Plan -- And That's A Good Thing!

New York Magazine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The current furor over President Obama’s broken “keep your plan” promise confusingly melds together two very different claims. The first is a si...

Krugman: Conservatives 'Don't Actually Believe In Any Rules At All'

Posted 03.25.2013 | Business

Paul Krugman is getting a bit fed up with all of this “right-wing huffiness.” The Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist c...

Why Republicans Are Facing A Grim Reality

New York Magazine | Jonathan Chait | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

Can a party rule by capturing most of the country but less than half of the people? We might be about to find out....

Why Raising Medicare's Age Is Not The Fiscal Cliff Solution

The New Republic | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics

President Obama hasn’t proposed increasing the eligibility age for Medicare. But would he agree to do so, in order to secure a broader agreement tha...

Think Again: The Color of Hollywood Is Green

Eric Alterman | Posted 10.30.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait recently published a lengthy article promoting the belief that Hollywood -- and the business of television in particular -- is dominated by a "Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy." The argument is no less subtle than it is familiar.

The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Is On Your Screen

New York Magazine | Posted 08.20.2012 | Entertainment

Two decades ago, conservative anger against popular culture burned so intensely that it seemed at the time that Hollywood had come to fill the space i...

Michael Calderone

Liberal D.C. Magazine Raises Enough To Stay Alive

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 06.20.2012 | Media

The American Prospect, the liberal politics and policy magazine that was on the verge of shutting down last month, has exceeded its fundraising goal a...

Jeb Bush Is Not the Future of the Republican Party

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

While there's no doubt that Bush would be a formidable candidate in 2016, there's also no doubt, I think, that the party will continue to drift rightward with or without Romney in the White House.

What Are Conservatives Trying to Conserve?

Ira Glasser | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics
Ira Glasser

Chait's emphasis on demographic shifts is powerful and mainly on target, but there is a broader historical context to his analysis that complements, extends and better explains the hysteria dominating the current rhetoric of the Republican party.

Guess Who Obama Was Channeling In Kansas

Jim Sleeper | Posted 02.07.2012 | Media
Jim Sleeper

You really can't get more egg on your face than Barack Obama's neoliberal Beltway apologists have after his big speech in Kansas. That's because a portion of the speech reads as if the president were channeling the pundits' nemesis, Drew Westen.

Michael Calderone

New York Magazine Ramps Up 2012 Coverage

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 12.04.2011 | Media

NEW YORK -- On Nov. 21 New York magazine hit newsstands with dueling pieces, one titled "How the GOP Went Mad," by former Bush speechwriter David Frum...

As Obama Mishandles the Economy, Pundits Misjudge the Politics

Jim Sleeper | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

About bare-knuckled politics, Beltway commentators have little to say. Ezra Klein gives us the inevitable, inexorable, crippling worldview in which the people don't exist, except in Pew polls.

Common at the White House: What's All the Fuss About?

Danny Groner | Posted 07.15.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

Jon Stewart will debate Bill O'Reilly tomorrow night about the Obama administration's decision to invite rapper Common to participate in a poetry reading at the White House last week.

Ideology, Politics and Guns

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Jonathan Chait's description of conservative economic reasoning is equally true of "gun rights" reasoning: "It begins with the conclusion and marches back through the premises."

A Progressive Primary to Push for Jobs and End the Wars

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The worst thing we must now face is that the 2010 election is likely a preview of 2012, unless some dramatic new element is introduced into our national politics that changes the character of national debate.

On False Equivalencies

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

The left side of the political divide relishes attacking progressives in a way that ensures that the boundaries of political discourse will be policed consistent with an information environment slanted in favor of the right-wing.

Sarah Palin Isn't Alaska's First Feminist

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

On the whole, I'd say Alaska is the kind of place where people don't tend to cling to outmoded ideas of what makes a woman a woman. Everybody looks equally silly in chest waders.

Hypocrisy Now!: The Pro-Israel Crowd's Sins of Omission

Sasha Polakow-Suransky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sasha Polakow-Suransky

In their zeal to demonize Goldstone, some Israel defenders miss the point that it is possible to condemn the Goldstone Report without promoting a hypocritical campaign of character assassination.

Jason Linkins

Kent Conrad's Repeated Explanation Of Budget Reconciliation Not Good Enough For Mike Allen

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

No discussion of the media's ongoing battle to understand basic seventh-grade civics would be complete without enjoying Jonathan Chait's post in which...

The Washington Post: Always Fighting the Wrong War

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

If the Washington Post will outsource financial reporting to an anti-spending conservative, why wouldn't they outsource their health reform reporting to ... insurance companies?

Right On Cue, The White House Press Corps Awakens From Its Bush Slumber

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Beltway reporters have tossed aside the blanket of calm that had descended on them during the previous administration, a blanket of calm that defined their Bush coverage.