David Brooks on the Ideas Behind the March on Washington

Washington Post front page from Aug. 28, 1963

In The New York Times, columnist David Brooks wrote a remarkable piece about the revolutionary nature of the March on Washington. The demonstration, which made Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech possible, was a dramatic shift in tactics for the Civil Rights movement, and it changed the next 50 years of……


Devastating Effects of Sequestration


Washington dysfunction keeps hurting the U.S. economy. And while budget sequestration was delayed, it’s already causing damage, and more gridlock-based damage awaits. …


Obama Shifts Towards Acting Alone


[NYTimes] “…’We had been attempting to highlight the inability of Congress to do anything,’ recalled William M. Daley, who was the White House chief of staff at the time. “The president expressed frustration, saying we have got to scour everything and push the envelope in finding things we can do on our own.” For Mr.……


The Rich Get Even Richer

Steven Rattner

By Steven Rattner, The New York Times, March 25, 2012 – NEW statistics show an ever-more-startling divergence between the fortunes of the wealthy and everybody else — and the desperate need to address this wrenching problem. Even in a country that sometimes seems inured to income inequality, these takeaways are truly stunning. In 2010, as the……


To Save Israel, Boycott the Settlements

Peter Beinart

By Peter Beinart, The New York Times, March 18, 2012 – TO believe in a democratic Jewish state today is to be caught between the jaws of a pincer. On the one hand, the Israeli government is erasing the “green line” that separates Israel proper from theWest Bank. In 1980, roughly 12,000 Jews lived in……


Hurray for Health Reform

Nobel Prize-winning economist and writer Paul Krugman spoke at The Common Good on October 17th, 2012.

By Paul Krugman, The New York Times, March 18, 2012 – It’s said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies. If the same principle applies to legislation, the Affordable Care Act — which was signed into law two years ago, but for the most part has yet to take effect……


Don’t Tread on Us

Maureen Dowd

By Maureen Dowd, The New York Times, March 13, 2012 – Hillary Clinton has fought for women’s rights around the world. But who would have dreamed that she would have to fight for them at home? “Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me,” she told an adoring crowd at the Women……


Why Israel Still Can’t Trust That Obama Has Its Back


By Yossi Klein Halevi, The New Republic, March 7, 2012 – When the President of the United States repeatedly says he’s got your back, and in precisely those words, what more can you ask for? Yet as I read Obama’s interview with Jeff Goldberg in The Atlantic, then his speech to the AIPAC convention, and finally reports of……


No Super Tuesday Knockout Punch


By Jeff Zeleny,  The New York Times, March 7, 2012 – Mitt Romney won the delegates, but not necessarily the argument. His quest to win the Republican presidential nomination has always resembled a detailed, methodical business plan. Mr. Romney, who spent much of his life fixing troubled corporations, must now decide whether steps are necessary to……


Israel’s Best Friend


By Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, March 6, 2012 – The only question I have when it comes to President Obama andIsrael is whether he is the most pro-Israel president in history or just one of the most. Why? Because the question of whether Israel has the need and the right to pre-emptively attack Iran as it develops……


London Is Eating New York’s Lunch

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By Adam Davidson, The New York Times, February 29, 2012 – Every month, some young bureaucrat in the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Exchange (known, slightly menacingly, as SAFE) reaches out to a trader in London and buys or sells billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. Treasury bonds. You’ve heard the overblown fears that China……