Author, The Great Divergence, and labor policy editor at Politico. Previously with New Republic (TRB column), Slate, WSJ, Washington Monthly, etc.

March jobs report disappoints

politico.com — The economy added 126,000 jobs in March, the Labor Department reported Friday, down substantially from February’s increase of 295,000 jobs. Unemployment was 5.5 percent, unchanged from February, and average hourly private-sector earnings were up 7 cents, up from February’s 3-cent increase. Analysts had predicted the creation of about 247,000...

The hackneyed play that ended Lincoln's life.

slate.com — It's the hoariest sick joke in America: "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?" By now it isn't even a joke; it's become a familiar way to complain that undue attention is being given to some frivolous aspect of an otherwise grim and urgent matter. But...

Exxon-Mobil, Bush, and global warming.

slate.com — Al Gore is celebrating Earth Day by accusing President Bush of jettisoning Robert Watson, head of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, at the behest of an oil company. In an April 21 New York Times op-ed, Gore wrote: ExxonMobil has been allowed to veto the United States...

Marco Rubio Flunks History

newrepublic.com — From a Jan. 29 New York Times Magazine Q and A with Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), everybody's favorite choice for vice president (though he isn't endorsing anyone and tells the Times "I'm not going to be the vice-presidential nominee"): After you became the first Cuban-American speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, in 2006, your mentor, Jeb Bush, presented you with a sword.

Banner jobs year gets even bigger

politico.com — The economy added 257,000 jobs in January, the Labor Department reported Friday, up from December's increase of 252,000 jobs. Unemployment was 5.7 percent, up from 5.6 percent in December. Analysts had predicted job growth of about 230,000, an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent, and an increase in hourly earnings of 0.3 percent, according to a Bloomberg...

Why Barack Obama gave short shrift to his biggest wage proposal

politico.com — In a speech with multiple references to “middle-class economics” President Barack Obama made only glancing mention of his most significant policy to boost wages. That may be because it’s stirring tensions not only between businesses and liberals, but also between liberals and the Obama administration. “Nothing helps families...

U.S. economy adds 252K jobs in December

politico.com — The economy added 252,000 jobs in December, the Labor department reported Friday, down from November’s robust increase of 321,000 jobs. Unemployment was 5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent in November. Average hourly private-sector earnings were down 5 cents, down from November’s 6-cent increase. Analysts had predicted job growth of about...

Why the Democrats Need Labor Again

politico.com — Thomas Geoghegan is a labor lawyer and sometime journalist and author best known for his 1991 book, Which Side Are You On? Trying To Be For Labor When It’s Flat On Its Back. Geoghegan’s new book, Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs A New Kind of Labor Movement, is a sort of sequel.

(X) "Albert Shanker, Statesman" by Timothy Noah, The New Republic, Monday, June 24th, 1985

Labor's big comeback

politico.com — After a brutal battering in the midterms, organized labor will conclude 2014 with the wind at its back - thanks to two out-of-the-way corners of the Obama administration whose default posture in recent memory has been paralysis. The agencies in question are the National Labor Relations Board and the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division....
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Apr 24, 2015

"Timothy Noah rappelait toutes les maladresses commises par les terroristes ... du 11 septembre 2001." bit.ly/1DlpvNi

Apr 24, 2015

Thad Cochran's office manager Fred Pagan confessed to importing drugs from China in exchange for sexual favors. bit.ly/1EAgkP2

Apr 24, 2015

In a country with one billion people, how do you persuade anyone to attend a funeral? Easy. You hire a stripper. wsj.com/articles/BL-CJ…

Apr 24, 2015

Tesla wants to own the energy-storage business (corrected link): latimes.com/business/autos…

Apr 24, 2015

Morning Shift: SEIU, Teamsters, and AFL-CIO lobby for joint employer; Walmart lobbies agin it; WH workforce summit. politico.com/morningshift/0…

Apr 23, 2015

@DoctorSyntax Right. He might've been given a waffle belly, for instance.

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