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

The tragic MooLatte.

slate.com — A friend recently alerted Chatterbox that Dairy Queen is marketing a new frozen drink called the MooLatte. Isn't that, he observed, er, kind of in poor taste? What he meant was that "MooLatte" sounds a lot like "mulatto," which is a word, not in much use nowadays, that describes a person whose father is white and mother is black or (less common in bygone days) the other way around.

Voters Don’t Like God-Talk

newrepublic.com — With the GOP's congressional wing hostage to the Bible-thumping hard right and Rick Santorum bringing the Word to Republican primary voters nationwide, it's easy to forget that Americans still cherish the separation of church and state. Indeed, the more politicians pander to evangelical Christians, the less the public at large wants to hear them spout any God-talk at all.

Opportunity for sale.

slate.com — Three years ago, Ellen Gamerman reported in the Wall Street Journal on a deeply discouraging trend: Summer internships were being put up for bid at charity auctions for elite private schools. You could see immediately how so grotesquely inegalitarian a practice might evolve.

Honoring the Brilliant Caricaturist, Vint Lawrence by Timothy Noah

washingtonmonthly.com — Honoring the Brilliant Caricaturist, Vint Lawrence By Timothy Noah Vint Lawrence, a brilliant caricaturist for the Washington Monthly, the New Republic, and the Washington Post, died April 9th at the age of 76 of complications from acute myeloid leukemia.

Timothy Noah: Who Really Benefited from Citizens United?

newrepublic.com — Who really benefited from Citizens United? In 2009, Ralph Nader published a fantasia titled Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!, in which he imagined a group of maverick billionaires banding together to defeat corporate power in America. Declaring themselves "the Meliorists," these enlightened oligarchs force Walmart to unionize, elect Warren Beatty governor of California, establish single-payer heal...

Timothy Noah: Komen’s Problems Go Far Beyond the Planned Parenthood Dust-Up

newrepublic.com — The Susan G. Komen Foundation's once-spotless reputation is getting dirtier by the minute. First it yanked funding for Planned Parenthood. Then it changed its story about why it pulled the money. (Both versions denied that the reason had anything to do with Planned Parenthood's support for abortion.)

Why Bush was right to spare Libby.

slate.com — President Bush's commutation of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 30-month prison sentence will likely prompt many people with politics similar to my own to cry bloody murder. It will be called a cover-up. It will be called a payoff for Libby's failure to implicate Vice President Dick Cheney, and perhaps even Bush himself, more directly in the Plamegate scandal.

Obama College Tuition Plan: 2012 Version Flopped

newrepublic.com — Updated, August 22, 2013: President Obama this week plans to announce an ambitious plan to control college tuition costs. Earlier this year, TNR wrote about the last grand plan to do that-a plan, as it happens, that is barely a year old.

The Myths of Cesar Chavez

nybooks.com — The civil rights movement of the 1960s gets a much better press than the labor movement. Yet the two causes were intertwined. Walter Reuther, president of the United Auto Workers, stood beside Martin Luther King while he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. King spent the last day of his life speaking to sanitation ...

Al-Qaida's dumbed-down recruitment manual.

slate.com — The Latin Mass is long gone, the Metropolitan Opera beams subtitles from seat backs, and Wikipedia is depopulating library stacks. Now even al-Qaida is cutting corners and dumbing down. The evidence is A Course in the Art of Recruitment, a document that started appearing on jihadi Web sites this past summer.
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Apr 28, 2016

RT @POLITICOMag: “I helped make the myth of Donald Trump. And for that, I am very, very sorry.” politi.co/1rlkXr4

Apr 28, 2016

Gotta agree here with the squares: Making fun of Reagan's Alzheimer's is not OK. variety.com/2016/film/news…

Apr 28, 2016

Oh, and Stanford Daily? Learn to write a lede. That was your lede, not that lame "boner" joke.Oh, and Stanford Daily? Learn to write a lede. That was your lede, not that lame "boner" joke.

Apr 28, 2016

"Lucifer in the flesh.... I have never worked with a more miserable son-of-a-bitch in my life." stanforddaily.com/2016/04/28/joh…

Apr 28, 2016

You can stop praising James Monroe for inhabiting a more modest dwelling than Thomas Jefferson. washingtonpost.com/news/education…

Apr 27, 2016

@jendeaderick "Country went temporarily insane, sort of like lapels in 1975."

Apr 27, 2016

@jendeaderick Useful metric: That the likely winner is a woman, which never happened before, is just about the least weird thing about it.

Apr 27, 2016

@jendeaderick Our grandchildren will ask us about Donald Trump and I'm not sure how I will explain him.

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