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

Change: the empty word — It's hard to think of a more meaningless political watchword than "change," but "change" is what the presidential candidates are promising. Barack Obama's endless repetition of the word won him the Iowa caucuses, prompting other Democratic and Republican presidential candidates to make it their mantra too.
Feb 08, 2016

("Change" was considered so desirable a thing to be associated with in 1988 that Reagan said: "We ARE the change."…)

Whose nominee is it, anyway? — The big-picture political-science story of the 1972 presidential election was the enfranchisement of the primary voter. In 1968, the states had held 15 primaries in which 34 percent of all convention delegates were selected. In 1972, the states held 22 primaries in which 53 percent of all convention delegates were selected.

Timothy Noah: When Did ‘Christian’ Become a Synonym For ‘Conservative Evangelical’? — In November I introduced a periodic blog feature called "Language Cop" to "keep track of unacceptable words and catchphrases that enter the political dialogue." In that column I exiled the terms "optics" and "inflection point." Earlier this month I inveighed against "pivot," and last week I suggested this euphemism be replaced with a new term, "shake," in deference t...
Feb 06, 2016

Why did u weigh in on what Christian means?…? By ur logic: stay out of interfaith debate @TimothyNoah1 @jonathanalter

Pret A Manger: When corporations enforce happiness — Emotional labor is not itself new. Prostitutes have faked orgasms for millennia. With greater sincerity (one hopes), undertakers calm the grieving, nurses comfort the sick, and migrant nannies lavish on other people's children the love they aren't present to furnish back home.
Jan 18, 2016

Reminds me of this piece on emotional labor in the service industry…

How the New York Times Screwed Martin Luther King Jr. — Harvey Shapiro would have likely preferred to be remembered as a poet, and perhaps also as one of the better editors of the New York Times Book Review. But his Jan. 7 Times obituary plays up another aspect of his life of which I was previously unaware.
Jan 18, 2016

How the NYT Mag blew it with Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail."…

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The legend of Strom's Remorse. — For many years, there's been a cherished Washington lie about Strom Thurmond. The lie is that Thurmond, though once a leading segregationist, later renounced that view as morally wrong. Trent Lott repeated the lie at his Dec. 13 press conference. Thurmond, he said, came to understand the evil of segregation and the wrongness of his own views.
Jan 14, 2016

Strom Thurmond never even admitted his racist segregationist ideas were wrong, even 50 years later.…

JFK, Monster | New Republic — I knew that John F. Kennedy was a compulsive, even pathological adulterer, given to taking outlandish risks after he entered the White House. I knew he treated women like whores. And I knew he had more than a few issues with his father about toughness and manliness and all that.
Jan 05, 2016

4. For the record, though, JFK's sexual dalliance with White House intern Mimi Alford was more abusive and shocking.…

Abolish the editorial page! — "What happens to the institutional voice?" asks Jack Nelson, former Washington bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times. He is complaining about my friend and former boss Michael Kinsley's plan to have outsiders write some of the L.A. Times' editorials. It's a question best put in the past tense.

Washington Post Building for Sale: Remembering its Iconic Newsroom — The news that the Washington Post is looking to sell its 15th Street headquarters, where it's resided since 1950, makes me very sad, because my first job in journalism was in that newsroom. Or rather, an ersatz version of that newsroom. Perhaps I should explain.In June 1972, some burglars broke into the offices of the Democratic National Committee.
Dec 09, 2015

End of the real WashPost newsroom (new digs) prompts memories of the fake one where I began my journalism career.

Dec 09, 2015

RT @TimothyNoah1: End of the real WashPost newsroom (new digs) prompts memories of the fake one where I began my journalism career.

Life on the terrorist watch list. — On April 6 the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the Transportation Security Administration over its administration of the "No-Fly List" used by airlines to identify any passengers who might be connected to terrorist organizations. The No-Fly List has generated a lot of complaints for subjecting a great many innocent people to delays and other inconveniences as they try to board their flights.
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Feb 08, 2016

Christie's still rattling Rubio two days after debate. Observe this Max Headroom moment in NH:…

Feb 08, 2016

2. This same David Brock told AP on Jan. 21 that " black lives don't matter much to Bernie Sanders."…

Feb 08, 2016

1. David Brock says he's "stayed too quiet in the face of ... character attacks" against Hillary.…

Feb 08, 2016

RT @nytpolitics: How New Hampshire saved the 1992 Clinton campaign. An oral history:

Feb 08, 2016

"Hillary Clinton" is to "staff shakeup" as a.) mac: cheese; b.) franks: beans; c.) Laurel: Hardy; d.) all of above

Feb 08, 2016

@noamscheiber Washington policy types NEVER fail on Wall Street. It's just not allowed, I guess. Somewhat contrary to textbook capitalism.

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