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

The case against the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. — Seven people-young relatives and their friends-will stay at my house the weekend of Oct. 30 so they can attend Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's "Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear" in Washington, D.C. That breaks my previous political-event-based houseguest record, when three people stayed with me to attend Barack Obama's...

Did the U.S. occupation really draw all the anti-American terrorists to Iraq? — This is the fifth part in a series of eight exploring why the United States suffered no follow-up terror attacks after 9/11. To read the series introduction, click here. The 9/11 attacks led to a U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, whose Taliban regime was sheltering al-Qaida. That made sense. Then it led...

McDonnell's 'family values' fall short — "What shall it profit a man," the Bible says (Mark 8:36), "if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" In the end, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a 1989 graduate of Pat Robertson's CBN (now Regent) University School of Law, never got to find out.

Al-Qaida's rule of threes. — Some jobs just seem impossible to keep filled. Hollywood studio head. United States ambassador to Iraq. Editor of the New York Daily News. Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. To these we must now add "al-Qaida's No. 3 official." John Crimmings, proprietor of...

The most challenging issue facing liberalism today — No challenge facing liberalism today is more important - or more difficult - than that of reviving the labor movement. Yet liberals show little enthusiasm for this task. The truth is that liberals and labor leaders bear little regard for one another. Such mutual alienation is an indulgence that neither group can afford.

No surprise. Marco Rubio somersaults on Syria — Sen. Marco Rubio may run for president in 2016, or he may not. The Florida Republican hasn't made up his mind. That's perfectly natural at this early stage. What's not natural is Rubio's inability to make up his mind about anything else. Rubio's latest somersault concerns Syria. On Sept.

What court rulings against FedEx mean for workers — The "fissured workplace" took another hit on Aug. 27 with the unsealing of two federal appellate decisions disputing FedEx's contention that its drivers in California and Oregon are properly classified as independent contractors.

Burger King's supremely American habit — With its acquisition of the Canadian coffee-and-donuts chain Tim Hortons, Burger King is the latest U.S. company to reduce its tax bill by reincorporating abroad, a process known as inversion. Or is it? Burger King's executive chairman, Alexandre Behring, told reporters today, "This is not a tax-driven deal.

The — The Monthly Interview: Ralph Nader By Timothy Noah Credit: Washington Post/Getty Images. In his new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, the consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader argues that on many issues, from undeclared wars to unprosecuted Wall Street crimes, liberal and conservative citizens increasingly agree with each other, and that, by working together, they can take back Washington.

McDonnell marriage is par for the course in politics — GEORGE: Martha, I gave you the prize years ago ... There isn't an abomination award going that you ... MARTHA: I swear ... if you existed I'd divorce you. -Edward Albee, " Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? " (1962) Former Virginia Gov.
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Oct 21, 2014

Morning Shift: Is a Facebook page a picket line? and other Zen riddles.

Oct 20, 2014

Congress did so little this year that it was finally jailed for loitering.

Oct 20, 2014

@NancyCooperNYC No. It is, however, first sign that Jeff Bezos's purchase of the Post has brought a malign influence from the Pacific NW.

Oct 20, 2014

Richard Preston: In "Hot Zone" I describe "a nurse weeping tears of blood. That almost certainly didn't happen." Huh.…

Oct 20, 2014

Morning Shift: What's in Perez's speech today, and what was missing--unions!--from Yellen's inequality speech Friday.…

Oct 19, 2014

This "West Wing" parody featuring my childhood friend Doug Barasch's very gifted son Nicholas is a hoot.…

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