@ProPublica. Ex-TNR, WaPo, BaltSun. Author of The Cynic (S&S). alec.macgillis [at] propublica [dot] org

Scott Walker's Toxic Racial Politics

newrepublic.com — In any case, the riff did not keep the state's governor, Scott Walker, from appearing on the show a few days later. Belling's treatment of Walker was notably more deferential. "Have you," he asked, "sat back and thought about what has been accomplished by yourself and the Republican legislature?
Feb 11, 2016

RT @JeffSmithMO: Given location & themes of tonight's debate, bone up by reading @AlecMacGillis on racial resentment & Walker's rise: https…

Feb 11, 2016

Tonite's debate is in one of the most polarized metro areas in the country. @wisvoter: jsonline.com/news/statepoli… … Me: newrepublic.com/article/118145…

Feb 11, 2016

RT @woodruffbets: .@AlecMacGillis had a great piece at TNR on racial polarization in Wisconsin + Scott Walker newrepublic.com/article/118145…

Feb 11, 2016

.@AlecMacGillis had a great piece at TNR on racial polarization in Wisconsin + Scott Walker newrepublic.com/article/118145…

Feb 11, 2016

Ifill is right: Milwaukee is one of the most racially polarized cities in the country, a toxic mix. My 2014 story: newrepublic.com/article/118145…

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Alec MacGillis: Boston Common

newrepublic.com — Elizabeth Warren's uninspiring campaign. THERE WAS ONCE A TIME, not so very long ago, that, whenever Elizabeth Warren sat down with a liberal interviewer, a lovefest was practically guaranteed. "I know your husband's backstage. I still wanna make out with you," Jon Stewart purred in early 2010 to the then-60-year-old Harvard professor whose rimless glasses perpetually slip down her nose.

Palin Energized Ohio and New Hampshire Voters, Both For and Against

voices.washingtonpost.com — By Alec MacGillis Talking to voters in Ohio and New Hampshire over the past two weeks, it was hard not to concluded that a race that for most of its duration was about Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton wound up, during its final leg, being to a great degree about Sarah Palin.
Jan 27, 2016

@mg81992 This happened in '08 too. McCain thought she'd help him in places like NH (hockey, etc.) He was wrong. voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2008/11/pal…

Obama's Dirty, Coal-Loving Past

newrepublic.com — When Obama got to Washington, his alliance with the industry was put to the test-the Bush administration came up with a new proposal, the "Clear Skies" initiative to replace rules for coal-fired power plants with a system of pollution credits. Environmentalists decried the shift as a risky loosening of limits.

Alec MacGillis: What Would George Romney Do?

newrepublic.com — There's a remarkable bit in the Real Romney, Michael Kranish and Scott Helman's new biography of Mitt Romney, where they describe George Romney starting his campaign for president in 1967, and making clear that he did not share his church's less than enlightened views on race: "Appearing in North Carolina, he took on segregationists who opposed civil rights measures on the grou...
Jan 12, 2016

Worth noting what a shift in tone/position this was for Haley. Just 4 yrs ago, she was trumpeting SC's Voter ID law: newrepublic.com/article/100786…

Jan 12, 2016

RT @AlecMacGillis: Worth noting what a shift in tone/position this was for Haley. Just 4 yrs ago, she was trumpeting SC's Voter ID law: newrepublic.com/article/100786…

John Dingell's NRA bond must be part of his legacy

newrepublic.com — In 1972, a Congress still in the activist posture of the Great Society era was on the verge of creating a new government body with sweeping powers to regulate the safety of consumer products. The Senate version of the bill left open the possibility that the new Consumer Product Safety Act could apply to the most potentially un-safe consumer products of all: firearms and bullets.

ConocoPhillips Played the Lobbying Long Game and Won Fight to Drill in Alaska Wilderness

propublica.org — From his seat in the small plane flying over the largest remaining swath of American wilderness, Bruce Babbitt thought he could envision the legacy of one of his proudest achievements as Interior Secretary in the Clinton administration.
Dec 21, 2015

My first full-length feature for @propublica: how an oil company got access to the largest remaining US wilderness: propublica.org/article/conoco…

Dec 21, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: My first full-length feature for @propublica: how an oil company got access to the largest remaining US wilderness: propublica.org/article/conoco…

Dec 21, 2015

RT @billmckibben: Sweeping investigative account of how oil lobbyists overpowered science in push to drill in Alaska's interior propublica.org/article/conoco…

Dec 21, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: My first full-length feature for @propublica: how an oil company got access to the largest remaining US wilderness: propublica.org/article/conoco…

Dec 21, 2015

RT @billmckibben: Sweeping investigative account of how oil lobbyists overpowered science in push to drill in Alaska's interior propublica.org/article/conoco…

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Why Evan Bayh, Elizabeth Warren And Others Are Wrong About The Medical Device Tax

newrepublic.com — Even as support for the Affordable Care Act builds and its prospects solidify with Barack Obama's improving reelection odds, a movement has been growing to attack one key element of the law: a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that will provide $29 billion for the first 10 years of the law.
Dec 16, 2015

I spoke to med device tax execs who said tax was no big deal and that Warren et al's oppo was "political pandering": newrepublic.com/article/107878…

Dec 16, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: I spoke to med device tax execs who said tax was no big deal and that Warren et al's oppo was "political pandering": newrepublic.com/article/107878…

Dec 16, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: I spoke to med device tax execs who said tax was no big deal and that Warren et al's oppo was "political pandering": newrepublic.com/article/107878…

Dec 16, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: I spoke to med device tax execs who said tax was no big deal and that Warren et al's oppo was "political pandering": newrepublic.com/article/107878…

Is the Mayo Clinic a Model Or a Mirage? Jury Is Still Out.

washingtonpost.com — ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Mayo Clinic looms out of the prairie here like the mecca it has become, a world-renowned medical complex that is often cited by President Obama as his model for national heath-care reform. "Look at what the Mayo Clinic is able to do.
Dec 15, 2015

And I hate to say 'I told you so,' but I identified exactly this mistake 5-6 yrrs ago: washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content… washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content… … 2/2

The price problem that health-care reform failed to cure

washingtonpost.com — The health-care law of 2010 is, as Vice President Biden put it, a "big [expletive] deal." It sets us on the road to universal health insurance. It is a favorite target for Republicans gunning to take over Congress. Lawmakers who supported it could lose their jobs. And it will remain a central foc...
Dec 15, 2015

And I hate to say 'I told you so,' but I identified exactly this mistake 5-6 yrrs ago: washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content… washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content… … 2/2

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Feb 12, 2016

@GregPacknett Because doing "as well" as he's done since GOP took control in '10 isn't good enough. Very little has gotten done since then.

Feb 12, 2016

At bottom, B. Clinton's TN comments simply underscore HRC dilemma: yoking herself to Obama while explaining why she could get more done now.

Feb 12, 2016

@samlavergne @chrislhayes @EricBoehlert Because the article overstated the swipe. And because I'm sure the paper got TONS of HRC pressure.

Feb 12, 2016

@HeerJeet I'd say both. It's deliberate in the sense that he needs to explain why she'd actually get stuff done. But it's awkward, too.

Feb 12, 2016

@chrislhayes @EricBoehlert Exactly. Yeesh. Which is understandable, in a way--he's trying to explain why she'd get more done than Obama has.

Feb 12, 2016

@HeerJeet Thing is, it's an understandable tweak! Somehow he needs to explain why she'll get more done than Obama vs staunch GOP opposition.

Feb 12, 2016

@HeerJeet Check the transcript. The article overstated it, but there was still a tweak of Obama: that she, unlike him, was a "change-maker."

Feb 12, 2016

@EricBoehlert Eh, the article may have overstated it, but there was still an implied swipe: that HRC, unlike Obama, was a true change-maker.

Feb 12, 2016

After causing stir w/ report of B Clinton's comment about Obama not being a "change-maker," Memphis paper issues cx: commercialappeal.com/news/governmen…


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