Magazine

IN THE June 7, 2010, ISSUE

Defending Arizona

A law that basically makes a few small, carefully considered changes in police procedure, Arizona’s S.B. 1070, has inspired a vastly disproportionate response. Few laws have ever been so grossly ...

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Articles

Politics & Policy

Back in the Game

After the 2006 election, it looked like Robert Ehrlich was finished. He had been governor of Maryland, for one term, and a success, according to traditional measures. On Election Day, ...
Politics & Policy

Disclosed Partisanship

In February 1996, then–White House aide and current Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan co-authored a memorandum to deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes regarding whether President Clinton should support proposed ...
Politics & Policy

Spare Not the Stick

In 1993, amid a Cuban economic crisis sparked by the collapse of the Soviet Union, American intelligence officials estimated that there was “a better than even chance that Fidel Castro’s ...
Politics & Policy

A Population Portrait

The problem of illegal immigration is no longer confined to a handful of states and municipalities. Though California still hosts about one-quarter of the nation’s estimated 10.8 million illegal immigrants, ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Defending Arizona

A law that basically makes a few small, carefully considered changes in police procedure, Arizona’s S.B. 1070, has inspired a vastly disproportionate response. Few laws have ever been so grossly ...
Politics & Policy

The Blankest Slate

In announcing his decision to nominate Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, President Obama hailed Kagan’s supposed choice of the Citizens United campaign-finance case as “her very first case to ...
Politics & Policy

Poisoned Chalice

Politics is the art of the plausible. Only two weeks after the British electorate ushered in the apparent uncertainty of a hung parliament, the Lib-Dem-Con coalition cobbled together from the ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

A Bridge to Nowhere

The New Yorker, writes well, he’s reasonably fair-minded in his characterization of well-known events, and he has a talent for painting pen portraits of the lesser-known characters Obama interacts with. ...

Sections

The Bent Pin

The Ego and the I.D.

An “identity crisis” used to be the last word in chic, but now we have surpassed ourselves and developed identity-card crisis, proving once again that you can’t keep a neurotic ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

THE IMAGE In shops, on streets, in random places A light within me lights these faces. I see them glance, and hear, and nod, And each face is a word of God. Briefly and casually ...
Happy Warrior

Goose-Step Dancing

‘It is after considerable contemplation,” began the pop star Elvis Costello, sounding remarkably like Queen Victoria, “that I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw from the ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

It’s Not a Photograph There are two errors on the cover of the May 17 issue. Thomas Jefferson was in France during the creation of the Constitution, and if that’s supposed ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ It took much too long, but Arlen Specter has now been rejected by two parties. ‐ When Specter switched to the Democrats last year, after realizing he would lose a ...
The Long View

DHS DOCUMENT:

5/3/10 Transcript: Interrogation Room 5 Interrogator #1: Date is May Third. Time is 11:23 p.m. I’m Special Agent Daniels, talking with white female, age . . . what’s your age, dear? Female Suspect: ...