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

The art of the sulk.

slate.com — When William Steig, the great cartoonist and children's book author, died last week at the ripe age of 95, we lost our bard of sulking. Steig's underappreciated masterwork, the 1988 children's book, Spinky Sulks, has not figured as prominently in Steig's obituaries as his New Yorker cartoons, his Doctor DeSoto...

Rage Of The Golfing Class

newrepublic.com — Paul Krugman has posted a blog item observing, with some amusement, that Ted Cruz, Texas's Tea Party-favored GOP Senate nominee, is a man who believes that there is a global plot, led by George Soros, to eliminate golf courses. It's true! (Not that Soros wants to eliminate golf courses, but that Cruz has said he does.)

The Idea Biz | The New Republic

newrepublic.com — Today's New York Times op-ed page carries two separate citations from last week's Aspen Ideas Festival, which probably means the thing has already paid for itself.

U.S. economy ekes out 0.2 percent growth rate in first quarter

politico.com — The U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year, suffering from a triple whammy of harsh weather, plunging exports and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling. The Commerce Department says the overall economy grew at a barely discernible annual rate of 0.2 percent in the January-March quarter.

Could anything be more conservative than gay marriage?

msnbc.com — Barbara Ehrenreich, one of our shrewdest popular critics of American politics and culture from the left, had a characteristically impish response to the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Windsor to overturn a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act. "DOMA down!" she wrote on Facebook.

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...
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May 24, 2015

.@danbalz: Why a likable Latino w/ an incomprehensible position on immigration--i.e., Rubio--may be GOP's best shot. washingtonpost.com/politics/a-rub…

May 24, 2015

@ktheintz Garfunkel can console himself that he had a better movie career, though it's long past.

May 24, 2015

@jswatz There's something almost heroic about it. And of course self-destructive, wasteful, and sad.

May 24, 2015

"Tell me, I'm curious. Did [Sting] do 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'?" Art Garfunkel's still pissed off at Paul Simon. telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/…

May 23, 2015

@CleverTitleTK On Veterans Day we honor living vets and on Memorial Day we honor dead ones.

May 23, 2015

Forthcoming EPA water rule enrages country clubs. nytimes.com/2015/05/23/us/…. Be afraid: golfers are Opus Dei of the GOP: newrepublic.com/blog/timothy-n…

May 23, 2015

There are only two Howard Johnson's restaurants left, and one will soon close. mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/nyr…

May 22, 2015

Boy Scouts founder Anthony Baden-Powell: a.) would hate Gates decision; b.) was likely gay himself; c.) all of above. mobile.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/opi…

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