Fellow at New America; contributing editor at http://slate.com.

How once-booming Brazil was brought low-and how it can save itself.

slate.com — RIO DE JANIERO-These Olympics should have been the triumphalist coda to the Obama era. That was an inevitable reverie for the red-eye flight that carried Barack and Michelle to Copenhagen in 2009, when they invested their full prestige in a last-ditch push to plant the 2016 games in Chicago.

Franklin Foer: The DNC hack is Watergate, but worse

dallasnews.com — A foreign government has hacked a political party's computers--and possibly an election. It has stolen documents and timed their release to explode with maximum damage. It is a strike against our civic infrastructure. And though nobody died--and there was no economic toll exacted--the Russians were aiming for a tender spot, a central node of our democracy.

Trump and Putin are using each other.

slate.com — Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are both lying. Only one of them, however, is cunning; the other is gaffing his way toward treason. Trump has emphatically denied ties to Russia-a claim refuted by his Twitter feed and a cursory Google search.

Welfare State | New Republic

newrepublic.com — The fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (anwr) may be over, but it revealed a curious truth: The most zealous proponents of dotting the Alaskan tundra with oil derricks are ... the Alaskans themselves. A poll last year showed that 75 percent of state residents support anwr drilling.

The DNC hack is Watergate, but worse.

slate.com — A foreign government has hacked a political party's computers-and possibly an election. It has stolen documents and timed their release to explode with maximum damage. It is a strike against our civic infrastructure. And though nobody died-and there was no economic toll exacted-the Russians were aiming for a tender spot, a central node of our democracy.

Donald Trump’s un-American acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

slate.com — I am your voice ... the mystical union of leader and nation. Really, that refrain is the essence of Trump's authoritarian threat. Tonight's halting, stagy address may not sound entirely like the improvisational Trump, the true Trump, but it distills the man and his program. And in the end, the program doesn't really matter.

The real winner of the RNC is the Kremlin.

slate.com — Donald Trump's convention has been marked by gross incompetence in all areas save one: He's been highly effective in moving the Republican Party toward Vladimir Putin. The deftness of this reversal of policy is so anomalous that we need to consider its causes, as well as its consequences.

Amazon's Monopoly Must Be Broken Up: A Radical Plan for the Tech Giant

newrepublic.com — Thiel makes an important point: The Internet-age monopolies are a different species; they flummox our conventional ways of thinking about corporate concentration and have proved especially elusive to those who ponder questions of antitrust, the discipline of law that aims to curb threats to the competitive marketplace.

Portugal's win over France was the dreadful ending that this terrible European Championships deserved.

slate.com — Congratulations, greedy European bureaucrats. You took the perfection of the European Championships and turned them into a bore and farce. By expanding the tournament from 16 to 24 teams, you diluted it. Portugal's turgid triumph -that dead air of a match-was the conclusion that the tournament deserved.

Vladimir Putin has a plan for destroying the West, and it looks a lot like Donald Trump.

slate.com — Yesterday, Donald Trump told the New York Times that he would not necessarily come to the aid of NATO states threatened by Russia and would make his decision to defend them from an attack after reviewing whether they "have fulfilled their obligations to us."
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Aug 23, 2016

@IChotiner @Nate_Cohn I constantly wonder: If you crave Nate's opinion so much, why do you have his texts set to "do not disturb"?

Aug 21, 2016

@bill_buford @Tom4nash @AviWoolf Among the Thugs inspired me to write that book. I revere everything Buford writes. Read it all!

Aug 19, 2016

Manafort is an evil and representative Washington figure. Guys like him so rarely go down. Rejoice.

Aug 18, 2016

RT @RyanLizza: Before parliament, Leshchenko was top Ukrainian investigative journalist. Bad for Manafort if he's digging into this  https://twitter.com/leshchenkos/status/766259584566693889 

Aug 17, 2016

After locking up the racist vote, the Trump campaign expanded its base to the genocidaires.  http://interc.pt/2blKL2l 


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