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

Clinton’s DNC address: Fact or fiction?

politico.com — Hillary Clinton ran much of her campaign on being a pragmatist, the candidate with the knowledge, experience and, above all, the detailed plans needed to usher in the progressive change her fellow Democrats pine for.

Trump’s RNC address: Fact or fiction?

politico.eu — The GOP nominee rolled out a series of frightening statistics about the state of the nation. They ranged from accurate to incomplete to outright false. Donald Trump will paint a grim picture of America while accepting the GOP presidential nomination Thursday, describing a crime-ridden nation in economic decline whose standing is slipping abroad.

Trump’s RNC address: Fact or fiction?

politico.com — Donald Trump will paint a grim picture of America while accepting the GOP presidential nomination Thursday, describing a crime-ridden nation in economic decline whose standing is slipping abroad. In his prepared remarks , Trump makes his case with a string of eye-opening statistics.

Is Mike Gerson a glory hog, or is his accuser just unhinged?

slate.com — Memo to self: Be nice to Matthew Scully. I've never met the former Bush speechwriter and author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call To Mercy , but on the off chance that I've ever done anything to offend him let me say right now how sorry I am.

Hey, GOP: Watch Your Back With Matthew Scully

newrepublic.com — Memo to Romney-Ryan speechwriters John McConnell, Lindsay Hayes, and Stuart Stevens: Watch your back around this guy Matthew Scully! Scully, who with McConnell is credited with writing Paul Ryan's crowd-pleasing convention speech, is a former White House speechwriter and author of a well-regarded book, Dominion, that urges humans to show greater respect for the animal kingdom.

If you knew Pinky …

slate.com — I called her Pinky. She called me Pooh Bear. As Aspen Institute seminars droned on, we'd scribble anagrams of the participants' names. "Had ingrain id," I jotted during one particularly tedious lunch while Indira Gandhi extemporized about textile exports. "Rid hairy piranha disdaining," Pinky replied in a flash, incorporating Mrs.

Let us now praise Dwight Garner, New York Times daily book critic.

slate.com — Literary culture is supposed to be in decline, especially inside cash-strapped newsrooms. In recent years newspapers have been eliminating book sections and pink-slipping book critics left and right. But someone forgot to tell Dwight Garner.

GOPocalypse: A Guide To Republican Purges

newrepublic.com — "And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them." -Revelation 9:6 Between an electoral defeat that was wholly unexpected (by them, anyway) and a "fiscal cliff" that will compel them to support a tax increase, Republicans are experiencing present political reality as a sort of Apocalypse.

Obama Rushes To Secure A Trump-Proof Legacy

huffingtonpost.com — The Obama administration is shoveling out regulations nearly one-third faster in its final year than during the previous three - all to beat a May 23 deadline to prevent a President Donald Trump from overturning them.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, liar.

slate.com — Did Doris Kearns Goodwin commit plagiarism? "Absolutely not," she tells Boston Globe reporter Thomas C. Palmer Jr. "There were extensive footnotes.'' Chatterbox has had it with brand-name historians who pretend that the rules allow you to steal someone else's sentences (for examples of Goodwin's theft, click here) provided that you supply a footnote.
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Jul 29, 2016

@RickHertzberg Only in sense of common derivation, apparently.

Jul 29, 2016

@Profepps Not sufficiently textured and nuanced for Twitter? Indulge me, I have a crotchet about "Hamilton" as Veblenesque status object.

Jul 29, 2016

Here's the stuff Hillary said that isn't true. (Not the fish-in-a-barrel romp that fact-checking Trump was.)  http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/dnc-2016-hillary-clinton-fact-check-226412 

Jul 29, 2016

Hannity apparently doesn't know and is crying plagiarism on Fox News. Tocquevillegate!  https://twitter.com/jpodhoretz/status/758865688693841921 

Jul 28, 2016

Hannity is all "gotcha" b/c a single sentence in Hillary's speech is from Tocqueville and she didn't say, "as Tocqueville said..."

Jul 28, 2016

@kdm_TO Didn't see it. Just saw the movie (which I didn't finish, actually; it isn't great, even if it does have Bonnie Raitt's dad.)


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