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

What does "off the record" mean?

slate.com — Marcus Brauchli, editor of the Washington Post, was revealed this week to have misled Politico and the New York Times-inadvertently, he claims-when he said that information gleaned from controversial "salons" that the Post planned to charge lobbyists $25,000 to $250,000 to attend (with Post reporters and government officials as bait)...

Bob Novak's imaginary sourcing.

slate.com — The spy-unmasking scandal Plamegate sent one reporter to jail for protecting the identity of a confidential source and very nearly put a second one behind bars for the same reason. Yet the climactic revelation-that the blabbermouth who set events in motion was former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage-has failed to...

‘On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller,’ by Richard Norton Smith

nytimes.com — "I am imaginative," Nelson Rockefeller said of himself near the end of his life. "I am not bright." This wasn't false modesty. Reading Richard Norton Smith's fat biography is a task "Rocky" himself, who had severe dyslexia, probably couldn't have completed.

Walker victory humiliates labor

politico.com — Scott Walker’s victory is a humiliating loss for organized labor. The Wisconsin governor’s challenger was Democrat Mary Burke, a former executive at Trek Bicycle Corp. It was no photo finish; with 72 percent of precincts reporting, Walker was up 6 points. But Walker’s true adversary in this re-election race - and for the four...

Minimum wage increase wins in four red states

politico.com — The passage of minimum wage ballot initiatives in three red-leaning states - Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota - and an expected victory in Alaska provided some rare good news to Democrats in desperate need of some. But as a wedge issue, the minimum wage proved a disappointment.

Labor gets aggressive under Tom Perez

politico.com — ldquo;We suck,” Labor Secretary Tom Perez said last week in a roomful of reporters. “We really do.” Perez was talking about the minimum wage. At $7.25, it represents only 37 percent of the median hourly wage, which ranks the U.S. near the bottom in a survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Defining bullshit.

slate.com — "We live in an era of unprecedented bullshit production," observes Laura Penny, author of the forthcoming (and wittily titled) Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit. But what is bullshit, exactly? By which I mean: What are its defining characteristics? What is its Platonic essence? How does...

Ralph Nader warns against GOP Congress

politico.com — Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, whose 2000 Green Party presidential bid left many Democrats smarting, delivered a full-throated warning against a Republican Senate majority. “Even a cursory look at their dozens of House-passed votes [blocked in the Senate] in just their first session in control of the House, paint a clear picture of what full...

Why Dems are winning on minimum wage

politico.com — For Republicans this year, the minimum wage is the wedge issue from hell. Even as Democrats lurch toward a potentially disastrous midterm election, support for raising the federal minimum wage is resonating with voters. In fact, it may be the only issue on which Democrats are winning: A Pew Research Center poll earlier this year found 90 percent of...

The case against the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.

slate.com — 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...
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Nov 25, 2014

Morning Shift: Labor's Ferguson response; SEIU gets more faculty adjuncts; a franchisor insurance boom; etc. politico.com/morningshift/

Nov 24, 2014

Morning Shift: GOP v. EEOC; NLRB defines soliciting (SFW); the dog ate my final rule; Zillow sued about overtime. politi.co/1Fjz5D0

Nov 24, 2014

The Rockefeller family is vacating its midtown aerie of 81 years, room 5600 at 30 Rock. If these walls could talk... nyti.ms/1vFGtXC

Nov 24, 2014

@brooks_rosa @tomricks1 @jackshafer Then I guess it'll have to be Jack. He's looking for a job anyway, and the hours aren't too punishing...

Nov 23, 2014

According to @robertwrighter, I'm the cure for partisan rancor in America. Who knew? Anyway: You're welcome, America! theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

Nov 23, 2014

@JamesFallows @ErikWemple had any precise meaning to start with. And that's because it works out better that way for reporters.

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