Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. His work has been published in New York, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and numerous other publications.


Unseemly and Disgusting

The Sunday morning talk shows were filled with chatter about Mitt Romney’s offshore bank accounts after a major article in Vanity Fair detailing Romney’s investments, including a Bermuda entity called Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd. Romney’s use of tax shelters is not a shock. They are legal and Romney is very rich. What is… Read more »

Canadian Economic Expansionism?

The New York Times today examines why Iceland has weathered the financial crisis better than most other European countries. The article mentions many of Iceland’s strict currency controls, which it was able to impose because it’s not a member of the European Union, as well as its willingness to let its banks fail. However, the… Read more »

Settling For Mitt

Roll Call has a surprising story featuring John Boehner’s frank response to a voter who asked him “Can you make me love Mitt Romney?” Boehner responded negatively: “No. Listen, we’re just politicians. I wasn’t elected to play God. The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I’ll tell you this:… Read more »

Things Looking Grim For Obama In Iowa

In 2008, Barack Obama was carried to overwhelming victory in both the Iowa Caucuses and the general election in the state with the support of many independents and Republicans. Those backers though don’t seem to be behind him this year. In a big front page story today, the Des Moines Register went back and tracked… Read more »

How CNN Got It Wrong

If you’re obsessed with the details of how CNN blew its coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, SCOTUS Blog has a 7000 word minute by minute recap. It captures the frenzy of reporters trying speed-read the syllabus of the Court’s decision (the summary that the Supreme Court… Read more »