January/February 2012
Table of Contents

Editor’s Note

This Time It’s Different By Paul Glastris

Tilting at Windmills

Casino Jack knows…Longing for Bill…JFK’s best and worse By Charles Peters

What If Obama Loses?

Imagining the consequences of a GOP victory. By the Editors

Campaign Promises

What they say is how they'll govern. By Jonathan Bernstein

The Tea Party

Picking the candidates and writing the agenda. By Dave Weigel


The good news is... no more gridlock. By Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein

The Courts

The conservative takeover will be complete. By Dahlia Lithwick

Foreign Affairs

The "more enemies, fewer friends" doctrine. By James Traub

The Environment

The end of the EPA as we know it. By David Roberts

Financial Regulation

Back to the good ol' days of 2008. By Michael Konczal


It's toast. By Harold Pollack

Fighting the Last War

As president of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe triumphed over a fierce narco-insurgency. Then the U.S. helped to export his strategy to Mexico and throughout Latin America. Here’s why it’s not working. By Elizabeth Dickinson

The Myth of American Productivity

Politicians say we have the most productive workers in the world. They don’t know what they're talking about. By Michael Mandel

On Political Books
The Campaign-Industrial Complex

Political reform will never happen until candidates and donors realize they’re being ripped off. By Walter Shapiro

Party of God Knows What

Will Hezbollah remain a movement devoted to war with Israel or a pragmatic political player in Lebanon? That choice could determine the future of the Middle East. By Joshua Hammer

The GOP’s Reality-Based Community

The fall of moderate Republicans wasn’t inevitable. But their resurrection is hard to imagine. By Jacob Heilbrunn

The Spy Who Came In from the Heat

How an idealistic spy in Asia challenged the American way of war, and what his tragedy teaches us about finding allies today. By Geoffrey Cain

The Last Days of Hugh Trevor-Roper

How a historian who reveled in destroying the reputations of others ruined his own. By Michael O’Donnell

The Greatest Regeneration

The American dream can be revived, says Tom Brokaw, if we can overcome our disunity, and universal national service is the key. By Harris Wofford

Boarish Behavior

Feral pigs are violent, dirty, and ugly, and they ravage every ecosystem they live in—still, who knew killing them could be such fun? By Justin Peters