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Emily's husband, Charlotte, Tommy, Molly's dad, author, THE CENTER HOLDS: Obama and His Enemies, MSNBC analyst, DailyBeast columnist, exec prod, Alpha House.

The Democrats’ Closing Argument Needs to Be J-O-B-S — As Democrats mutter privately that their Senate majority is sinking beneath the waves, their leadership has sent out an SOS. It's all hands on deck, unless those hands belong to the President of the United States. Because only Michigan Rep.

Exposed: The White House’s Professor-in-Chief — When Vice President Joe Biden told a Harvard audience last week that it was "inappropriate" for former administration officials to write critically about President Obama before he leaves office, Biden didn't mention that a full accounting of the Obama policy in Iraq might not reflect too well on him, either.

This Really Is Obama’s Moment of Truth — We read so many stories about this "critical juncture" or that "pivotal moment" in foreign policy that it's hard to know which to take seriously. "Whither NATO?" has been a hardy if sleepy perennial since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded in 1949.

The United States Needs Corporate ‘Loyalty Oaths’ — On top of all the wars and global messiness, 2014 will be remembered for the plague of "corporate inversion," which the news media should start routinely calling "corporate desertion." So far, 47 American-based companies have renounced U.S. citizenship and bought foreign subsidiaries in order to dodge American taxes.

These Undocumented Teens Outsmarted MIT-and Still Cant Get Real Jobs in America — The subtext of the tough talk about the tens of thousands of child refugees flowing up from Central America is that like Mexicans they will be a drag on the American economy-wards of the state who suck taxpayers dry. Governments at all levels will face short-term costs, of course, but the economic fear of immigrants has never been warranted.

It’s Time for Obama to Heed McChrystal’s Call for the ‘Service Year’ — Of President Obama's failures, the most puzzling may be his record on national service. Now, thanks to a military man he fired, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, he has a chance to redeem himself. Obama started off well, championing service repeatedly during the 2008 campaign. Within months of taking office, the president signed the Edward M.

The Crisis Leadership of No-Drama Obama — When President Obama strode to the microphones on the South Lawn at midday Friday, Americans were primed for an important announcement about the crisis in Iraq. After all, the tectonic plates of history are shifting beneath our feet, as a major Sunni-Shiite rumble threatens to rip apart the Middle East.

Matt Freedman’s extraordinary graphic journal of his cancer treatment. — I'm a cancer survivor-now 10 years out from mantle cell lymphoma-and I confess to anyone who asks that I mostly handled it badly. During my treatment I was often cranky and depressed. For years I've rationalized this by saying that no one handles it well-that the non-cancer world imposes a...

Six Catholics, Three Jews and Not Much Memory at the Supreme Court — So far, liberal analysis of the decision in Greece v. Galloway was best summarized by Andy Borowitz's satirical headline: "In Landmark Decision, Supreme Court Strikes Down Reason Country Was Started." How did we get to a point where five members of the court would believe that opening a public town board meeting in the community of Greece, New York, with an explicitly Christian prayer about Easter is no big deal?

What a Campaign Donor Wants : The New Yorker — Justice John Roberts, in his decision for the majority in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, said that there was a difference between the "quid pro quo corruption" of someone buying off a politician and "the general gratitude a candidate may feel toward those who support him or his allies, or the political access such support may afford."
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Oct 24, 2014

Season 2 of #alphahouse is live today. Here's Bill Murray's character -- Sen. Smits--interviewed from jail.…

Oct 24, 2014

How Ben Bradlee pursued a young black woman reporter right after Janet Cooke.…

Oct 22, 2014

@RalstonReports Hi, Jon....Your big cameos will be available for viewing Friday....

Oct 22, 2014

RT @AlphaHouse: Senator Guzman is no stranger to controversy. Find out why when Season 2 of #AlphaHouse premieres on #AmazonPrime!

Oct 22, 2014

@jimj02155 I wrote a fair amount about it in "The Center Holds", my book on 2012.

Oct 22, 2014

@geeman215 yes, this is upsetting...i've been following the story. Sun Times not paper i was raised on

Oct 22, 2014

New raves re Season 2. ‘Alpha House’ Review: Dominic Patten Welcomes Back Amazon’s D.C. Boys… via @deadline

Oct 22, 2014

@jimj02155 PBO unpopular with white males everywhere, especially in red states. Racism is only partial explanation....Tea Party too

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