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IN THE April 6, 2009, ISSUE

Democrats and Businessmen, Sitting in a Tree…

Big business is lining up to support President-elect Obama’s plan to stimulate the economy with the biggest spending spree on roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects since the Eisenhower administration.  – ...

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Articles

Politics & Policy

University Aid

America’s higher-education lobby has enjoyed spectacular success over the past three decades. By zealously marketing their degrees as indispensable to employment and a ticket to personal fulfillment, universities have convinced ...
Politics & Policy

Bush’s India Triumph

Shortly before George W. Bush left office, Harvard historian Sugata Bose told me that strengthening U.S. relations with India “may turn out to be the most significant foreign-policy achievement of ...
Politics & Policy

Eastern Exposure

Wen Jiabao was confident, even smug, at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. The Chinese premier relished criticizing America’s “unsustainable model of development” and touting his own country’s ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Media Realism

Over the past few months, a steady stream of journalists from mainstream-media outlets — at least eight, led by Time Washington-bureau chief Jay Carney — have abandoned journalism for positions ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Truth of Chile

One of the most unfortunate aspects of American book publishing is the extremely limited scope it provides for works translated from foreign languages. We speak here not just of Chinese, ...
Politics & Policy

Golden Idyll

When Charles Scribner was shown a copy of the manuscript that would become The Wind in the Willows, he experienced a sense of profound disappointment. This wasn’t at all, he ...
Politics & Policy

Music: Take Five

The big musicians, most of them, blow through New York. And, usually, they come with records — CDs, recordings — sometimes signing them after the performance. We’ll examine five recent ...
Politics & Policy

Shelf Life

ONE of Chesterton’s most frequently quoted jokes was his answer to the question, Which book would you most want to have on a desert island? He said, “Thomas’s Guide to ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Girly from the Start In “Governor Girly-Man” (March 9), Steven F. Hayward does a very fine job detailing California’s recent budgetary history and the disappointing fiscal performance of Governor Schwarzenegger. However, ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Perhaps somebody should advise the suave diplomats in the Obama administration that the most reassuring symbol of U.S.-Russia relations is not a big red button. ‐ David Broder sounded the ...
The Long View

The Long View

TO: nancy.pelosi@houserep.gov FROM: staffer@speakersoffice.gov RE: AIG bonuses pushback Madam Speaker:  Need to arrange a conference call soon about the new AIG employee-bonus controversy. We’re getting lots of poll data showing big traction — people ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

FROM SONNETS FROM THE DARK LADY 24. “The more I hear and see just cause of hate . . .” The more I hear and see just cause of hate Within this wanting world, ...
Happy Warrior

Old School

In his not–quite–State of the Union address the other week, President Obama said the following: “I think about Ty’Sheoma Bethea, the young girl from that school I visited in Dillon, ...