12 March 2014
- How Vladimir Putin is twisting international law to his advantage in Crimea.
Crimea’s planned March 16 referendum on whether it should leave Ukraine and join Russia is underhanded, dishonest, and absurd—and completely legitimate. Vladimir Putin has yet again maneuvered the West into a corner. Jujitsu-like, he is using one of our most prized institutions—international law—against us. This is not the first time, and so calls to punish Russia and start a Cold War II are understandable. Yet we should swallow our pride and let him bask in his victory. In the long run, it gets him nothing.
- What is the Obama foreign policy ideology?
Syria presents an ambiguous test of Obama’s ideology. On the one hand, he did decide against intervention even in the face of a humanitarian catastrophe. On the other hand, Obama clearly did not make this decision on Realist grounds that the United States shouldn’t care about the massacre of Syrian civilians, but rather on the small-r realist grounds that we lacked any practical recourse. (I lean toward sharing this analysis, but it’s hard to hold a strong view in the absence of the kind of intelligence only the administration itself could access.) A prudential judgment that intervention was unlikely to work in this case, but that he'd be open to undertaking it if it could, is very different than believing it was not America’s business. Obama gave up trying to pass cap and trade after 2010, but that hardly puts him in the same category as an ideological opponent of cap and trade.
- On political journalist Joe McGinniss, who died this week.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Joe – at the tender age of 26! – transformed political journalism with The Selling Of The President, the legendary expose of the cynicism of media optics in presidential campaigns – and, by the by, a lovely, ornery rebuke to the magisterial tomes of Theodore H White, as Ann Althouse notes. And the first thing to say is that the man could write. He couldn’t write a bad sentence. His narratives powered along; his prose as clear as it was vivid; his innate skill at telling a story sometimes reaching rare moments in non-fiction when you’re lost in what is, in effect, a factual novel.
- Can a Democrat and a Republican get together to fix the Senate?
During several weeks in January and February, aides said, Schumer and Alexander quietly orchestrated what both described as a “modest experiment” based on a simple premise: Senators should be able to debate, amend and pass legislation supported by members of both parties.
“I’ve only been here 14 years, and Alexander’s been there about 11,” Schumer said. “But we were there, both of us were there and remember when the Senate used to legislate, and thoroughly enjoyed it and wish it would return.”
- Zach Galifianakis interviews Barack Obama for his Between Two Ferns series.
11 March 2014
- Newsweek claims to have found Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin.
Satoshi Nakamoto stands at the end of his sunbaked driveway looking timorous. And annoyed.
He's wearing a rumpled T-shirt, old blue jeans and white gym socks, without shoes, like he has left the house in a hurry. His hair is unkempt, and he has the thousand-mile stare of someone who has gone weeks without sleep.
- The myth of the iron-willed Vladimir Putin.
Putin didn't invade Crimea because the decadent West was aimlessly sunning itself on a warm beach somewhere. He invaded Crimea because America and the EU had been vigorously promoting their interests in a country with deep historical ties to Russia. He invaded because his hand-picked Ukrainian prime minister was losing, and the West was winning. He invaded because he felt that he had been outplayed by an aggressive geopolitical opponent and had run out of other options.
- Is the "Texas miracle" really miraculous?
So rest assured that Texas boosterism will loom large again in the next presidential election, and not just because Rick Perry is showing clear signs of another run at the White House. Texas has indeed outperformed the nation as a whole in job creation during the Obama years. And it has done so with a state government under the total control of ever-more-conservative Republicans, who now hold up that fact as validation of their whole economic agenda. Progressives, and everyone earnestly interested in improving the nation’s economic performance, need to confront all this Texas bragging and find out what, if anything, it proves.
- Is Seattle really as racially homogeneous as its reputed to be?
In fact, Seattle’s diversity is also lower than the nation’s as a whole. The diversity index for the United States is 56.
But that isn’t the end of the story. Even though Seattle, overall, doesn’t have a high degree of diversity, if you focus on its neighborhoods, a different picture emerges.
- Colorado collected $2 million in tax from its first month of legal marijuana sales.
Colorado residents voted for an aggressive 25% tax on recreational marijuana in November 2013. Revenue also comes from a standard sales tax as well as license application fees.
Of the total revenue for the fiscal year, $40 million will go to public school construction. State lawmakers are currently debating what to do with the rest of the money.
7 March 2014
- Have foreign policy realists got Ukraine wrong?
Russia and the West do indeed have competing interests in the post-Soviet space. The problem with the realists is that they fail to see the moral, tactical and legal disparities that exist between the aims and methods of East and West. When Brussels and Washington propose EU and NATO membership, they are offering association in alliances of liberal, democratic states, achieved through a democratic, consensual process. Russia, meanwhile, cajoles, blackmails and threatens its former vassals into “joining” its newfangled “Eurasian Union,” whose similarity to the Soviet Union of yore Putin barely conceals. The right of sovereign countries to choose the alliances they wish is one Russia respects only if they choose to ally themselves with Russia. Should these countries try to join Western institutions then there will be hell to pay.
- How national media gets Texas politics wrong.
So how did Politico and the Times miss the big picture? Texas is complicated because there’s no binary opposition between “establishment” candidates and those affiliated with the Tea Party. Should we define “establishment” as Speaker of the House Joe Straus, who has himself a relatively moderate record but has presided over one of the state’s most conservative legislatures? Outside Tea Party groups have tried to topple Straus, yet he also commands support from Tea Party-backed state representatives. Or is the “establishment” closer to Governor Rick Perry, the state’s longest-serving governor, who gave one of the first major speeches at a Tea Party rally in 2009? Or is it David Dewhurst, who hung tight to Perry’s message, passed extreme measures, but then watched his political dreams crumble as Cruz rose to power by accusing Dewhurst of being a moderate?
- Anti-incumbent sentiment doesn't mean incumbents losing elections.
Of course, it’s one thing to say your representative doesn’t deserve to be re-elected, or even that you’re open to voting him or her out, and actually doing so. Historically, Americans have been more favorably disposed toward their own representatives than to Congress as a whole (a phenomenon dubbed “Fenno’s Paradox,” after eminent political scientist Richard Fenno). That disjuncture that has been reflected in typically high re-election rates. On average, in each of the seven House elections between 1978 and 1990 (inclusive), fewer than 20 representatives were defeated for re-election.
- Can Los Angeles give up the automobile?
The political class in Los Angeles, once more wary of New Urbanist nostrums, has rallied around channeling sustainable economic growth around specific transit stations and corridors. Eric Garcetti championed transit-oriented development for his Hollywood district while serving on the City Council. Now he’s the mayor—and he sounds like a latter-day Jane Jacobs. “We’re not trying to dictate way people live their lives, but we’re giving people options to live way they want to,” says Yusef Robb, a Garcetti spokesman. “We’re taking a multipronged approach to get people moving. How do we ramp up neighborhood circulator buses, bike sharing, even parking apps? We tried it in the ‘50s with one method of transportation, the freeway, and it doesn’t work anymore.”
- Gay rights activism in Mississippi.
Wilson was in the capital with a group called the LGBTQ Union of Starkville. He had made the trip to protest SB2681 with other residents of that small city in the northeastern part of the state, which is home to the main campus of Mississippi State University. That town made history in January by becoming the first municipality in the state to pass an "inclusivity resolution" that affirmed the worth of LGBT people in the city. The resolution said that discrimination based on sexual orientation (as well as color, religion, and several other categories including source of income) is an "anathema to the public policy" of Starkville.
Starkville’s action was followed quickly by similar resolutions in two other college towns: Hattiesburg, home of the University of Southern Mississippi, and yesterday Oxford, where the University of Mississippi is located.
6 March 2014
- The White House has released its 2015 budget proposal.
On Tuesday, the White House released its proposed 2015 budget, a document that The Los Angeles Times describes as "policies far more likely to be written into a campaign ad than a federal law." The $3.9 trillion proposal fits squarely within President Obama's recent policy push: ending tax loopholes for the wealthy to increase spending for infrastructure and to expand a key tax break for low-income Americans. Which is precisely the sort of trade-off that Democrats hope to pitch on the 2014 campaign trail.
- Will Republicans go for the budget's proposal to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit?
But both these factors also demonstrate why the GOP’s interest in the EITC is so fragile. The EITC plays the role here of a protective shield against populist attacks. Republicans may at some level believe their own defenses of the program, which appear at those moments when it is needed to assail the minimum wage and then predictably disappear. What’s more, actually enacting such a plan would destroy its value as a Republican campaign proposal. A proper Republican anti-poverty proposal can’t be something that Obama has endorsed, let alone something he’s already signed into law.
- Five theses on Ukraine.
This doesn’t mean, however, that we should be relaxed about Putin’s Crimean incursion. It just means that we should be clear about the actual danger here. Russia probably isn’t about to successfully reassemble its old empire, one province at a time. But by flouting the post-Cold War norm against cross-border wars and exposing the limits of American hegemony as a guarantor of territorial integrity, Moscow’s actions threaten to encourage a wider sort of instability — in which regional arms races pick up because smaller nations decide that they need stronger military deterrents against their larger neighbors, revisionist powers see their room for maneuver increasing, nuclear arsenals look more attractive than they did before, and the odds of any given crisis turning into a shooting war go up. Russia doesn’t have to be working from a position of real geopolitical strength, in other words, to make the Pax Americana look weaker than it did two weeks ago.
- Is it time to take Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill?
Symbols matter. Many people, for example, are inspired by the symbolic implications of Jackson’s path to the presidency: He was born two weeks after his father’s death to a widowed immigrant mother and, despite his poverty and lack of education, reached the highest office in the land. That’s a powerful story. So is the more precise telling of how Jackson climbed the American socioeconomic ladder. Jackson was the only president who worked as a slave trader, and he accumulated much of his fortune that way. In fact, Jackson later pursued his “Indian Removal” policies specifically so that the stolen lands could be used to expand cotton farming and slavery.
- The first marijuana commercial to air on a major American TV network.
3 March 2014
- The US has acknowledged Russia has taken control of the Crimean peninsula.
Senior US officials dismissed claims that Washington is incapable of exerting influence on the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, but were forced to admit that Crimea had been successfully invaded by 6,000 airborne and ground troops in what could be the start of a wider invasion.
- Obama doesn't have a great deal of options in Ukraine.
Under such circumstances in a crisis of this potential magnitude, Obama should be looking for common interests. One such interest is ending the bloodshed. Even Putin couldn’t want to send troops to the Ukrainian heartland. The Russian army is hardly in tip-top shape: It could probably mount an invasion, but who knows how long it could sustain an occupation, especially in the face of nationalist insurgents who have a fierce, even ancestral hatred of Russia.
- America's 25 most awkward allies.
Obama, an idealist at home, has turned out to be more cold-blooded than most recent presidents about the tough choices to be made in the world, downgrading democracy and human rights accordingly. From Syria to Ukraine, Egypt to Venezuela, this president has shied away from the pay-any-price, bear-any-burden global ambitions of his predecessors, preferring quiet diplomacy to the bully pulpit—when he is engaged at all.
- Saying the word the NFL doesn't want to hear.
That may be because I still don’t like saying “nigga” in front of white people. I know some people who do, almost as a way of reminding white people that there is still something in this world a black person can do that whites can’t. And, to a significant degree, I understand that feeling — it stems from the need to claim ownership of something in a world where there is little left for black culture to own. That’s not my relationship with the word, and that doesn’t make me any better or worse, more intelligent or respectful than people who take that position. Our histories with the word, and perhaps with white people, may be different.
Saying it has never felt dangerous or edgy. There’s no adrenaline rush in it. I’ve used it less with purpose, and more on purpose, which could be seen as admirable or unintelligent. But I understand where it exists in my vernacular. It’s a part of it, but not an inherent part of me. Present, but not so ingrained that it’s a crutch. Or a substitute for “friend.” I use it only around those I’m familiar with and those whose relationship to the word I’m familiar with. Because of this, the circle of people with whom I use it is quite small. It falls somewhere between an inside joke and a secret handshake. A word with horrid origins has become reserved for some of my closest black friends and family.
- Can Detroit rebuild its middle class?
Stand at the Woodward Avenue overpass above Interstate 75, and you'll see the two faces of Detroit. On one side is beautiful Comerica Park, a symbol of downtown economic revival, where city residents and suburbanites alike pack in to watch professional baseball in a world-class venue. Then, across the expressway looms an empty 13-story building, with the word "ZOMBIELAND" scrawled across the top.
28 February 2014
- Governor Jan Brewer vetoes Arizona's anti-gay "religious freedom" bill.
“Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona,” Brewer told reporters during a press conference Wednesday evening. “The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences.”
- Is the "religious liberty" campaign backfiring on conservatives?
Two years later, the “religious liberty” crusade shows signs of backfiring. This very day, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer may veto a bill just passed by a legislature controlled by her own party that provides a broad exemption from discrimination laws to businesses and individuals claiming compliance violates their beliefs. And more generally, an argument that once distracted from the extremist nature of conservative Christian objections to gay rights and reproductive rights is drawing attention to them in a dangerous way.
- What's worse than Congressional gridlock? No gridlock.
But what if there is no majority? In the terminology of political science, our single member simple plurality electoral system manufactures majorities. But the fact that the winners in two-party competition get more votes or seats than the losers by no means guarantees that the winners’ positions are those actually favored by a majority of the voters, only that those positions are likely to be preferred to those of the losers. Consider abortion. The 2012 Republican platform plank stated essentially: never, no exceptions. The Democratic platform plank stated the opposite: any time, for any reason. How many Americans would want a government in which either a powerful Democratic or Republican government was able to enact its abortion platform plank? Given public opinion on the issue, 75-80 percent would answer in the negative. Unleashing the majority would unleash a policy with nothing approximating majority support among voters.
- The midterms could be especially bad for Democrats in state legislatures.
Political junkies are familiar with the so-called "six year itch" effect in federal elections. If you're not, it goes like this: The party of a re-elected president tends to get walloped in the following midterm election. Since 1912 (that's when the House expanded to 435 seats), the president's party has lost an average of 29 House seats in the following midterm election. (As Aaron Blake notes, however, that is a smaller number of seat losses than presidents have averaged in the midterm election of their first term.)It turns out that the six-year itch is even more devastating at the state legislative level, which, as we documented in a post late last week is a critical piece of the political and policy equation for both parties nationally.
- The music most distinct to each state of the Union, according to listenership stats:
26 February 2014
- The difference in how Democratic and Republican presidents talk.
There are two major differences between Democratic and Republican presidents: Republicans tend to claim electoral mandates more often than Democrats – an average of about nine percent of Democratic communications had a mandate reference, compared with more than twelve percent of Republican communications in a comparable window.
Furthermore, in these speeches, Democratic presidents not only tend toward laundry-listing proposals, they also play “small ball,” talking about narrow issues and wonky solutions like zero-base budgeting. Carter and Clinton also cited government reforms, specific budget proposals, and environmental issues. Obama added stem cell research and foreign policy to the list.
- Why Jan Brewer might veto Arizona's anti-gay "religious freedom" bill.
While Brewer has supported a number of far-right conservative bills in her tenure, the delay in taking action on SB 1062 is similar to the moment last year when she bucked the expectations of her party’s fringe and expanded Medicaid in Arizona. Brewer pushed for months to pass the expansion which could add $2 billion to the state’s economy and thousands of jobs.
- After signing with the Brooklyn Nets, Jason Collins will be the first out player in a big four sport.
Collins announced he was gay when, after a slew of injuries, he wasn't on any team's roster and he remained unsigned until the Nets recently reached out to him. Collins will likely make his first appearance in the Nets' Sunday night game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Is Whole Foods as anti-science as creationism?
I’m talking, of course, about Whole Foods Market. From the probiotics aisle to the vaguely ridiculous Organic Integrity outreach effort (more on that later), Whole Foods has all the ingredients necessary to give Richard Dawkins nightmares. And if you want a sense of how weird, and how fraught, the relationship between science, politics, and commerce is in our modern world, then there’s really no better place to go. Because anti-science isn’t just a religious, conservative phenomenon—and the way in which it crosses cultural lines can tell us a lot about why places like the Creation Museum inspire so much rage, while places like Whole Foods don’t.
- The George W. Bush Presidential Library will exhibit the 43rd president's paintings.
The exhibit, "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," will feature his paintings, as well as artifacts, photographs, and personal reflections about his relationships made on the world stage, according to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, which is hosting the exhibit.
25 February 2014
- John Cornyn is in no trouble in Texas.
Cornyn’s eyes darted around the table, seeking someone else to talk to, finding him in another businessman who’d talk more generally about Obamacare. The roundtable only lasted 30 minutes, and the crowd wasn’t hostile. It just wasn’t satisfied as the senator explained that the GOP could finally deliver for them if it won six more Senate seats. It wasn’t quite satisfied with Cornyn. Still, Cornyn isn’t losing.
- The double standard applied to women politicians' biographies.
Women’s worth has never been assessed based on easily calculable, publicly available statistics, like innings pitched or bills passed. There is no accounting of female professional achievement that does not also add up the raw data on personal, familial effort; there is no admiration that is not instantly accompanied by interrogation: How does she do it? No. Really. How does she do it? How many nights does she spend with her kids? How many hours does she work and is that why she is single? How many affairs has she had, or has she forgiven, or, most insidiously, has she inspired through her inattention to wifely duty?
- Washington is losing lobbyists.
Therefore, it is possible that the number of professional lobbyists is declining, in part, because groups, corporations, and other interests are becoming expert at getting “regular citizens” to do their lobbying for them. As the cost of such communication goes down, the prevalence of it goes up. Perhaps some firms are calculating that “outsider” lobbying via social media is low cost and effective, so they are not only integrating it into their menu of lobbying tactics, but starting to favor it over the traditional, and more expensive, insider tactics.
- Conservatives should not mistake their enemy's enemy for a friend.
It’s not just celebrities. Political candidates who pick the right enemies are too often supported, regardless of their failings. Most recently, we have seen this in the effort to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell, of course, is no conservative hero, but conservatives were too quick to latch onto a flawed replacement.Matt Bevin’s campaign has been plagued with mistakes and odd revelations (did he really go to MIT?), the most recent of which is that he signed a letter in support of TARP. Bevin’s in a different category from Trump and Nugent, but conservatives are supporting him for many of the same reasons, including the fact that he has the right enemy. For a lot of conservatives, it’s better the devil you don’t know than the devil you do.
- Arizona's senators want Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing discrimination against gays.
Monday morning, Sen. John McCain tweeted his hope that the governor will veto Senate Bill 1062, echoing a tweet sent Saturday by Sen. Jeff Flake.
The bill was passed by the Senate last Thursday. The governor’s office expects it to be delivered Monday afternoon, Brewer’s press secretary Ann Dockendorff said in an email. Brewer has five days from the time the bill arrives to veto the bill or it will become law.
24 February 2014
- The downfall of Marco Rubio.
We can now, in hindsight, identify last February as the apex of the Rubio bubble. Over the next few months, conservatives shook off Rubio’s charm offensive and whipped themselves into a familiar frenzy against his immigration-reform plan. They picked apart details just as they had every major legislative proposal of the Obama era—it was long; it was complicated; it gave power to bureaucrats; it would hand Obama a victory. A May National Review cover depicted Rubio, smiling between no-longer-tolerated deal-maker John McCain and loathed liberal Democrat Charles Schumer, under the headline “Rubio’s Folly.” By June, Hannity and Limbaugh had turned unreservedly against Rubio’s plan. By October, the Rubio compromise had grown so radioactive on the right Rubio had to, humiliatingly, renounce his own legislation.
- Can Democrats paint the South blue?
Often you need to hit bottom before you can start working your way back up. We Southern Democrats are basically at that point. With control of only two of 22 legislative bodies, three of 11 governors’ mansions and precious few other statewide offices, Southern Democrats are an endangered species indeed. In 1969, Republican strategist Kevin Phillips argued that the South was “shaping up as the pillar of a national conservative party.” He was half right: Although Democrats have made great strides elsewhere, between 1992 and 2012 Republicans won the governorships and legislatures of all but two Southern states. The last Democratic presidential candidate to campaign seriously throughout the South was Lyndon Johnson. And this year, Democrats aren’t even fielding a candidate for Alabama’s U.S. Senate race
- Amtrak is offering residencies to writers.
But first: how did this beautiful reverie come to fruition? It seems we have Twitter to thank. After reading Alexander Chee’s interview in Pen America, in which he said “I still like a train best for [writing]. I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers,” Gross tweeted her mutual wish for an Amtrak-sponsored writing experience.And though such lofty fantasies often die unrealized, by the grace of some transportation-and-prose-loving god, Amtrak actually responded to Gross on Twitter, and liked the idea.
- One venture capitalist's proposal to split California into six states.
When we first read over superstar tech capitalist Tim Draper's "Six Californias" plan to make Silicon Valley its own state, we were a little skeptical. Was dividing California into six new states a sound idea? Maybe—let's wait and see. A new government study shows there might be some snags, like forming an arbitrary zone of extreme American poverty.
- Piers Morgan and CNN are parting ways.
It’s been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate — the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt — and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America.
21 February 2014
- The administration is trying to win progressives over on the TPP.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman -- President Barack Obama's top trade official -- ventured into it Tuesday evening, meeting with a group of liberal leaders in a ritual known as Common Purpose -- an off-the-record weekly gathering that features an administration official and representatives of the Democratic coalition, from labor and environmental groups to consumer advocates and online progressive groups.
Froman's appearance was part of a stepped-up charm offensive the U.S. trade representative is waging, hoping to soften liberal opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the free trade deal Obama is attempting to cut with Asian nations. The same day, Froman spoke publicly at the Democratic-aligned think tank Center for American Progress.
- A plurality of Americans now consider the Afghanistan War to be a mistake.
We've now amassed over 2,300 American dead there, in addition to the hundreds of billions of dollars we've spent. We didn't get Osama bin Laden when we invaded. Our "partner" Hamid Karzai increasingly looks like he has lost his mind and is determined to make sure that when American troops leave later this year, the country will promptly get taken over by the Taliban again. So it isn't too surprising that so many Americans are asking what the whole thing was for.
- Gender, race, and rape during the Civil War.
Murphy’s book states that there are records of 450 rape or attempted rape cases in Union military courts (destruction of the Confederate records leaves the stats on that side a mystery). Outside the courtroom, societal pressures and the value placed on chastity made it difficult for women to come forward at all. And there was a huge race factor—even Mitchell admits, two paragraphs down from his dissection of the era’s conception of manhood, that “most of the rapes that northern soldiers committed were of black women,” and Murphy writes that “most states had laws stating that no crime of rape against slave women existed,” leaving them even less recourse to seek justice.
- Is San Francisco getting more conservative?
University of San Francisco politics professor Corey Cook, who says “there is definitely a shift going on in San Francisco’s population,” points out that “while we’re seeing a surge in jobs in San Francisco and increasing tech presence … there’s simply not a lot of evidence to suggest that electoral outcomes have been affected by the changing population.” Professor Cook believes that a rightward shift is happening in San Francisco regardless of the tech boom and population change: “Absent the tech boom and population change, we’re seeing a significant change in the local political context. The city has moved in a pro-growth, pro-business direction.” On the prospect of witnessing another 2003 Matt Gonzalez-type campaign, Cook says that is unlikely in this decade, given the mayor’s popularity and voters’ overall satisfaction with the city’s direction despite the increase in the cost of living.
- Why government is to blame for gentrification.
As Ta-Nehisi Coates has written, the ghetto is public policy. So, to an amazing extent, is gentrification, which is really only another face of the ghetto. If the market is amoral, casting aside Darwinian losers without regard for human dignity, then the legacy of urban governance in postwar America is deeply immoral, a targeted annihilation and segregation of any and all people — blacks, Appalachians, immigrants, the poor of any color or language — who happened to be of the wrong crowd. Gentrification on the scale we see it today would be nearly impossible without help from exclusionary zoning laws; nor is it clear what would have happened to the major American downtowns around which gentrification now orbits without the government removing hundreds of thousands of undesirables during urban renewal.
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