Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor of the Washington Monthly.

He is also the founder Progress Pond where you can find all his writing. Before joining the Monthly, Martin was a county coordinator for ACORN/Project Vote and a political consultant. He has a degree in philosophy from Western Michigan University.

Comedy Keeps Us Going

Joel Warner and Peter McGraw went to Palestine to find out what kind of jokes they tell. They found some good ones: Later, we got to know stand-up comic Adi Khalefa, who claims to be the funniest guy from Nazareth since Jesus. He talks about getting on a plane in Israel and noticing a sign… Read more »

Blame-Shifting on Climate Change

I think that there is less outright denial that climate change is occurring globally than there is here in the United States, but it is still true that no one wants to suffer any economic costs to deal with the problem. While economically “developed” countries are the most responsible for creating the problem, “developing countries”… Read more »

NRA Endorses McConnell, Who Still Won’t Answer Questions About Guns

Despite the fact that he won’t tell anyone whether or not he even owns a gun, the National Rifle Association has just endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in his primary against Matt Bevin. The Gun Owners of America endorsed Bevin. Meanwhile, McConnell’s likely Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, decided the whole things was worthy… Read more »

Grading John Paul Stevens’ Work

As the gun nuts will surely point out, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens doesn’t know how to distinguish automatic from semi-automatic firearms. I’ve never understood why this distinction is so important to gun nuts. As a legal matter, obviously it is important to know the difference. But the reason that non-gun enthusiasts make… Read more »