Fellow at New America; contributing editor at slate.com.

Paul Manafort isn’t a GOP retread. He’s made a career of reinventing tyrants and despots.

Paul Manafort isn’t a GOP retread. He’s made a career of reinventing tyrants and despots.
slate.com — Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's palace, is impressive by the standards of Palm Beach-less so when judged against the abodes of the world's autocrats. It doesn't, for instance, quite compare with Mezhyhirya, the gilded estate of deposed Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych.

Yes, Washington's Out of Touch With the Heartland. You're Welcome.

Yes, Washington's Out of Touch With the Heartland. You're Welcome.
washingtonian.com — The charge: We're out of touch with the heartland. The defense: The whole country should be grateful for that. Yes, yes, America, even here in Washington-the city that can't feel your pulse-we have a dim sense of how you feel. You consider us cloistered elitists, unaware of how life is lived.

How Simon Cowell Revived American Criticism

How Simon Cowell Revived American Criticism
newrepublic.com — Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/Getty Images How the erstwhile producer of a Spice Girls knockoff revived American criticism. Highbrows widely regard the singing competition American Idol-and the contest's mascot, its tart English judge, Simon Cowell-as an omen of impending cultural apocalypse.

Donald Trump has one core philosophy: misogyny

Donald Trump has one core philosophy: misogyny
slate.com — Donald Trump holds one core belief. It's not limited government. He favored a state takeover of health care before he was against it. Nor is it economic populism. Despite many years of arguing the necessity of taxing the rich, he now wants to slice their rates to bits.

Brain Trust | New Republic

Brain Trust | New Republic
newrepublic.com — In 1994, the eminent evangelical historian Mark Noll wrote a scorching polemic about his own religion called The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. The book lamented the "intellectual disaster of fundamentalism" and its toll on evangelical political and theological thought.

Political Gabfest Live in Atlanta

Political Gabfest Live in Atlanta
slate.com — April 27 2016 7:30 PM Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 Tickets: $32.50 - $62.50 Emily Bazelon John Dickerson David Plotz Slate 's Political Gabfest is coming to Atlanta for the first time!

Why the GOP establishment was so determined to make Marco Rubio happen.

Why the GOP establishment was so determined to make Marco Rubio happen.
slate.com — For the past few months, the fate of the republic, or at least of the Republican Party, has seemed to hang on Marco Rubio. Even now, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that remains the desperate view of a swath of the party's eminences grises and billionaire benefactors.

What the RubioBot gaffe really reveals about Marco Rubio.

What the RubioBot gaffe really reveals about Marco Rubio.
slate.com — There's an unspoken premise behind the delighted glee that has greeted Marco Rubio's meltdown at last weekend's debate. When his critics call him a robot-or when they chide him for reciting talking points-they are making a nasty implication: His words are not his own. Off in the distance, some unseen machinator is feeding him his lines.

How Ted Cruz turned naked careerism into a winning campaign strategy.

How Ted Cruz turned naked careerism into a winning campaign strategy.
slate.com — SALEM, New Hampshire-The essence of Ted Cruz can be found in his tennis game. To put it mildly, he isn't a natural, except at firing shots into the fence surrounding the court. He came to the sport late in life-and only then with a very specific goal in mind.

Franklin Foer: Is Jeb Bush rising?

Franklin Foer: Is Jeb Bush rising?
dallasnews.com — George W. Bush never really suffered for his sins. But his kid brother sure has. The Jeb Bush campaign is a nine-figure boondoggle that suckered cronies from Greenwich and Dallas into investing in a can't-miss-opportunity. Pundits took so much pleasure in his plummet that they couldn't imagine it could ever be reversed.
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Apr 29, 2016

RT @dandrezner: .@juliaioffe handles her intellectual critics like a lioness playing with her food. Her anti-Semitic trolls should hope they stay anonymous.

Apr 28, 2016

Paul Manafort made a career of reinventing tyrants. Imagine what he’ll do with Trump. slate.com/articles/news_… via @Slate

Apr 28, 2016

@mattyglesias I think he's more a very representative figure of K Street and GOP-but he got super rich, because he's audacious and clever.

Apr 28, 2016

RT @KBAndersen: Wow. Manafort is a perfect caricature of corrupt, corrupting evil. A slick, handsome, Establishment Goebbels. twitter.com/franklinfoer/s…s56hDj2x1

Apr 28, 2016

Paul Manafort will make your jaw drop and stomach churn. Donald Trump is the logical conclusion of his life's work. slate.com/articles/news_…

Apr 28, 2016

You only think you know depravity. My investigation of Paul Manafort--guru to dictators, ideal Trump handler. slate.com/articles/news_…

Apr 27, 2016

RT @juliaioffe: In which I ask Melania Trump about politics, plastic surgery, and some dirty family secrets. gq.com/story/melania-…


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