The Corner

Re: Amtrak

If you buy your ticket by credit card and use the computers at the big metro stations to print out your ticket, you really never encounter anyone. Dude looks at your ticket from two-three feet away as you are fighting to get down to a good seat when the gates open, and the ticket-taker once the train is moving doesn’t do more than take your ticket–at least in my experience. Have never seen a bombsniffing dog, rarely even see Amtrak police. (I say this, too, with the hope that this is history since yesterday–that new rules are in effect–I hope.) I confess that everytime I do the NY-Philly-DC trip, I am reminded how simply amazing it is Madrid has not happened here. Maybe that’s kudos to the DOJ and others. But I still wonder, too, if we’re just lucky, in some specific respects like rail travel (MetroNorth, Long Island Railroad…).

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

The Coming Shellacking

Two years ago Donald Trump hijacked the Republican party. Now it’s time to think about what steps might have to be taken to regain control of it. The tocsin of doom that sounded this week in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District could hardly have been more clear in its meaning: This November the GOP ... Read More

The Anthropology of Manhood

A friend once told me that being a man meant two things: taking care of your loved ones and burying your dead. Everything else flows from that. If only it were that simple. Always hard to define but easy to flunk, manhood has become even more fraught in recent years. A slew of sexual-assault and -harassment ... Read More
White House

The Real Collusion Story

Barack Obama keeps a close watch on his emotions. “I loved Spock,” he wrote in February 2015 in a presidential statement eulogizing Leonard Nimoy. Growing up in Hawaii, the young man who would later be called “No-Drama Obama” felt a special affinity for the Vulcan first officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise. ... Read More