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A Dear Jon (Stewart) Letter

Dear Jon: I’m looking forward to attending your rally this Saturday, but like many, I’m not sure whether you are intending to simply produce a…

Iran Buckles Under Sanctions Pressure

The Obama administration won an important foreign policy victory yesterday as Iran skulked back to the negotiating table.  In other words, the latest rounds of…

High-Speed Rail Funding Back on Track

Hats off to the Obama administration. The $2.4 billion in high-speed-rail grants announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Transportation not only helps fix deficiencies…

Metro “Plot”: What A Crock

When officials stress that the public was never in danger, you should take them at their word.  Why? Because it’s very likely the DC “metro…

More Equal Than Others

If Republicans do better than expected on November 2, there will be a lot of talk about voter anger and anxiety, Democratic misteps, the economy,…

Losing Patience in Pakistan

At last, some good news from Afghanistan: The New York Times reported last week that U.S. and Afghan forces are “routing” the Taliban in Kandahar…

Chris Christie’s Tunnel Caper (Cont’d)

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie had the power to kill the Hudson River rail tunnel or improve it. Today, for the second time, he…

How to Actually Assess Progress in Afghanistan

You’d think this morning’s Washington Post article by Greg Miller should throw some cold water on the relatively upbeat assessment I made yesterday:  I said…

The Smoothie King Enhancers in Afghanistan

Let’s say you’re jonesing for a smoothie at your favorite hipster juice bar.  Not content with the strawberry, papaya, and kiwi in your standard Mangosteen…

Lessons From the New NSF Innovation Survey

Last week the National Science Foundation released its 2008 Business R&D and Innovation Survey, which surveys over 1.5 million for-profit organizations and benchmarks the number…