Magazine | September 20, 2010, Issue

Poetry

AT GROUND ZERO

There are no words to mitigate or mourn

As pale with dust like walkers on the moon

Ghostly rescuers probe thru human ruins,

Lifting their eyelids scorched dry of tears.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Crisis Made Locally

California famously competes with Illinois for the title of the most fiscally dysfunctional state. While residents of most states are enduring only their second or third year of fiscal crisis, ...
Politics & Policy

Wringing Bell

Bell, Calif. — When you come off the 710 and onto the Florence Avenue ramp, there is on this particularly smoggy August day a dirt-encrusted drifter, standing in a litter-strewn, ...
Politics & Policy

The Wrong Alternative

Anglosphere advocates of the alternative-vote system — in which citizens cast votes for both their first- and second-preference candidates, and losing candidates’ votes are redistributed to their voters’ second preferences ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Comes a Horseman

Franklin Roosevelt’s clash with the Supreme Court is one of history’s greatest legal dramas, but it has generated an unfair and misleading mythology. In this legend, the Court greeted the ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

1648 and All That

What should you look for in a top-level diplomat? Brains? Yes. Discretion? Assuredly. An equable temper, or at least façade? Without doubt. (Surtout, said Talleyrand, who knew something about the ...
The Straggler

Labor Pains

August lived up to its reputation as the Silly Season this year, the news dominated for several days by JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, who quit his job August 9 ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Are Cops Overpaid? The quality of National Review is of the highest order, but Daniel Foster’s “Cops, and Robbers” (August 30) left something to be desired. Mr. Foster begins with the sad ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ There is no God but Allah, and Imam Rauf is his slumlord. ‐ In the Obama era, “end” is the new victory. President Obama declared the end of combat operations ...
The Long View

A Dip into the Archives . . .

From the Associated Press, Aug. 28, 2010: Beck: Help Us Restore Traditional American Values Conservative commentator Glenn Beck and tea party champion Sarah Palin appealed Saturday to a vast, predominantly white crowd ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

AT GROUND ZERO There are no words to mitigate or mourn As pale with dust like walkers on the moon Ghostly rescuers probe thru human ruins, Lifting their eyelids scorched dry of ...
Athwart

The Color of No Money

In the previous depression, the government employed serious writers at the WPA to keep them from doing something rash, like writing popular books people might actually enjoy. Many were sent ...

Most Popular

White House

Rachel Maddow’s Turnberry Tale

To a certain kind of Rachel Maddow viewer, there are few more titillating preludes to a news segment than the one she delivered Monday: “If you have not seen it yet, you are going to want to sit down.” Maddow’s story began, as many of her stories do, with President Trump, this time focused on his hotel ... Read More
White House

Politico Doubles Down on Fake Turnberry Scandal

It's tough to be an investigative reporter. Everybody who feeds you a tip has an axe to grind. Or, alternatively, you find yourself going, "I wonder if . . . ?" You put in your research, you talk to lots of people, you accumulate a huge pile of information, but you still haven't proved your hypothesis. A wise ... Read More
Elections

Thin the Herd Further, DNC

There’s an old joke often expressed well into banquets and conferences, where a speaker says, “We’re at the point where everything that needs to be said has been said, but not everyone has said it.” We’re already at that point with the Democratic primary debates. Tonight was a three-hour ordeal, and ... Read More