Category Archives: national politics

Terrible, Terrible Republican Ideas for Immigration Reform

Remember immigration reform? It doesn’t look like that will be happening in the foreseeable future because, at this point, our political institutions are struggling to simply keep the government funded. This current crisis can be blamed on the arch-reactionary Republicans … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Plans To Protect Nutrition Assistance, Despite Federal Idiocy

The federal government’s non-essential services are currently shut down. For me this means a lot of exceedingly useful tools are inaccessible. Data from both the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census are much harder to use now (which will … Continue reading

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Two Cheers for the Affordable Care Act

…which went into effect today (well, yesterday at this point). Of course, if it weren’t for our awful political system, a relic of a compromise to rope together slave-holding and free states, the law would be much better. The Affordable … Continue reading

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I’m in the latest issue of Dissent!

The Spring, 2013 issue of Dissent Magazine is here in all its glory and it contains my book review The Right and Labor in America Politics, Ideology, and Imagination, by Nelson Lichtenstein and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer. (It’s a loosely connected … Continue reading

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Philaquester: What the latest Beltway idiocy means for the city

In my latest post for Next City I take a look at what the impact of the sequester–the automatic spending cuts enacted on March 1–will be in Philadelphia. Unsurprisingly, it’ll be terrible. The city has been suffering round after round … Continue reading

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We Are All Vicious Reactionaries (In the eyes of politicians)

Dylan Matthews, at Wonkblog, lays out a new poli sci working paper from David Broockman and Christopher Skovron, who find that legislators consistently believe their constituents are more conservative than they actually are. This includes Republicans and Democrats, liberals and … Continue reading

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You’d never catch a high level Democrat saying this now

I was flipping through William Saletan’s 2004 Bearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War and I found a very telling quote from a 2003 Vogue interview with John Kerry, who attested that the Democrats lost the 2002 Massachusetts governor’s … Continue reading

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Don’t Depend on Manufacturing Jobs

In my latest post for Next City I’ve reviewed a few policies to encourage manufacturing development. But while manufacturing in America does seem to be experiencing a resurgence, that doesn’t mean manufacturing jobs are. Bruce Springsteen is right: Those jobs … Continue reading

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Murder in Urban America

I’ve just started a regular gig blogging for Next City (formerly Next American City). Nothing major, just a couple posts a month, but I’m excited to have a regular outlet. My first post went up yesterday, and it is about … Continue reading

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The left wing of the possible

In early December, I interviewed Bhaskar Sunkara, the founding editor of Jacobin magazine, about the Marxist magazine which he founded in 2010 at the age of 21.  (I meant to post this last month, but what with [insert holiday excuses … Continue reading

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