Senior editor, The New Republic. Author of The Escape Artists, book on Obama admin & economy:

Cuomo, de Blasio Lied About Craig Spencer's Ebola. That's OK. — Let's not beat around the bush here: The authorities in New York clearly lied in their press conference last night about Craig Spencer, the New York physician who contracted Ebola while volunteering for Doctors Without Borders in Guinea.

Ferguson Video Shot After Michael Brown's Death Urges Citizens to Vote — Back in 2012, Tim O'Neil, the creative director of an advertising company called Mentality Creative, produced a hard-hitting spot called "Mitt Romney's America" for Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC. When he started following the news out of Ferguson this summer, he decided to put together a short video about what was going on there.

Rounds, Weiland South Dakota Race Could Decide Senate Majority — On Tuesday, a coalition of progressive groups announced they were pumping $2 million into the South Dakota Senate race. If you hadn't previously known there was a Senate race in South Dakota this year, that's probably forgivable.

Inequality in Brazil Shows Why Hillary Clinton is Wrong — To her credit, Hillary Clinton has seized on inequality as a theme of her proto-presidential campaign. She has despaired about the increasing "share of income and wealth going to those at the very top-not just the top 1 percent, but the top .1 percent or the .01 percent."

Finally, the Truth About the Bailout — WASHINGTON - TODAY is the start of the trial in Starr International Co. Inc. v. United States, the case alleging that the government's 2008 bailout of A.I.G. amounted to an unconstitutional plunder of the company's shareholders. Starr, a firm run by the former A.I.G. chief executive Maurice R.

Hillary Clinton Uses Elizabeth Warren's Book Title — As Maeve Reston points out in her Los Angeles Times analysis of Hillary Clinton's recent comings and goings, Clinton isn't giving us a ton of clues about what she would actually do as president. On the other hand, it looks like Clinton has inadvertently given us some insight into what, or at least who, is weighing on her mind.

Hillary Clinton at the Harkin Steak Fry — Granted, Hillary Clinton's appearance at Iowa Senator Tom Harkin's steak fry on Sunday was of minimal long-term consequence. It was at best a symbolic re-entry to presidential politics, a homage to the rituals of campaigning in Iowa.

Seth Bannon's Email About Harvard Extension School — Bannon wrote that he "was a senior studying Philosophy and Government at Harvard at the Extension School before dropping out." According to a Harvard administration official, the extension school doesn't use undergraduate classifications like "junior" and "senior." Full email follows: Topper, Thanks for having me at your dumpling party yesterday.

Amicus App: How Tech Investors Are Failing on Due Diligence — On July 1, Seth Bannon appeared before several hundred techies and investors at the New York Tech Meetup, the industry gathering where Tumblr and Foursquare made their debut. Even among this pedigreed audience, Bannon inspired great interest.

Scott Walker, Mary Burke Governor Race May Shape Future U.S. Politics — Everyone knows the most important political race in the country this fall is the race that determines control of the U.S. Senate, which is very much up in the air. According to The New York Times prediction model, the deciding race would be North Carolina if the election were held today.
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Oct 24, 2014

Cuomo and de Blasio clearly lied to the public last night about Ebola--and it was the right move:…

Oct 24, 2014

The lesson of Craig Spencer: Doctors really do make the worst patients.…

Oct 24, 2014

@MichaelDavSmith @juliaioffe Julia specifically exempted those folks. Public pol could also help since it's a net productivity loss to Econ.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @mims: Journalists are so ready to trade coverage for access that if you don't want to play that game, easy enough for tech cos to shut you out.

Oct 23, 2014

Some tantalizing ambiguity from Warren on whether she might run for president: "are amazing doors that could open."…

Oct 22, 2014

If this Ferguson video doesn't inspire you to vote, nothing will:…

Oct 22, 2014

Smart new approach from the CDC to dealing with travelers from the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa…

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