July/August 2012

The Future of Success

Video from Washington Monthly and New America event,“Jobs Are Not Enough” Introduction: Jobs Are Not Enough By Paul Glastris and Phillip Longman The Hole in the Bucket Americans obsessed over personal finance during the last forty years as never before. So how come so many of us wound up broke? Here’s the little-known story. By… Read more »

Tilting at Windmills

The bias toward seeing pro-Obama bias Arthur S. Brisbane, the ombudsman for the New York Times, wrote a column this spring urging his paper’s reporters to take “a hard look at the president,” implying that they had not been doing so. His main evidence of pro-Obama bias dated from the 2008 campaign and the president’s… Read more »

Young Guns

Obama’s surprisingly strong national security record owes much to a group of youthful aides few Americans have heard of.

The Power Broker

San Francisco’s ex-mayor Willie Brown has pioneered a new way to control a city without breaking a sweat—or running for office, or getting elected, or disclosing his clients, or making anyone particularly mad.

No Place Like Home

An innovative foster care program for disabled vets points the way to solving two of the nation’s greatest challenges at the same time.

DIY B&B

The Internet is enabling more and more Americans to leverage their biggest asset, their home, by renting rooms to travelers. So why are local governments trying to shut them down?

Rooftop Revenue

Government helps big corporations make billions off green energy. How about cutting the average family in on the deal?

Introduction: Jobs Are Not Enough

More than any election in living memory, the 2012 race is shaping up to be about one thing: jobs. Pundits are convinced that the rate of job growth between now and November is the magic number that will determine the outcome. The main policies the candidates are debating—whether to cut taxes or raise them on… Read more »

The Hole in the Bucket

Americans obsessed over personal finance during the last forty years as never before. So how come so many of us wound up broke? Here’s the little-known story.

Too Important to Fail

Predatory lending still poses a systemic risk to the economy. Will Obama’s new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau succeed in taming it, or will the agency be strangled in its crib?