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David Brooks: Get Over the Sins of the Past, Ta-Nehisi

Calls Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'rejection of American dream' in new book 'disturbing'

(Newser) - Everyone is talking about Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book , Between the World and Me, including New York Times columnist David Brooks. In an op-ed published today, written letter-style to Coates in the same way Coates addressed his book to his 14-year-old son, Brooks acknowledges that "the last year has been... More »

New, Moderate Conservatives Are Coming

David Brooks sees a rising movement willing to accept policy solutions

(Newser) - You wouldn't know it to listen to Republican politicians, but there's a new eminently reasonable brand of conservatism brewing, based on the principle of "skeptical reform," writes David Brooks at the New York Times . Current Republicans have defined themselves as anti-government, leaving them "no governing... More »

NYT, Greenwald Go Mano a Mano—in NYT

Exchange with Bill Keller focuses on objectivity, sideswipes David Brooks

(Newser) - Glenn Greenwald thinks the New York Times is a "nationalistic" source that has printed "quite toxic smears of government critics without any accountability," and you could learn that by reading today's New York Times . Columnist Bill Keller had a very lengthy back-and-forth with Greenwald about... More »

State of the Union Advice for Obama

Pundits urge Obama to think big, articulate a vision

(Newser) - President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address tonight, and every pundit out there has an opinion on how he should approach it. A sampling of the day's top unsolicited advice:
  • "It may be tempting to list a series of measures Obama wants Congress to pass,
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We're Losing on Immigration; We Need More

David Brooks says the economic case is impossible to refute

(Newser) - In a world of difficult issues, immigration is a blessedly simple one, writes David Brooks of the New York Times . "The forlorn pundit doesn’t even have to make the humanitarian case that immigration reform would be a great victory for human dignity. The cold economic case by itself... More »

How Republicans Can Avert the Fiscal Cliff

Ending tax cuts for richest could ultimately benefit GOP: David Brooks

(Newser) - It's time for Republicans to face it: The Bush tax cuts on the richest Americans will have to end. If the "fiscal cliff" isn't avoided, the GOP will get the blame , and leaders in both business and national security will be furious. So they should accept an... More »

The Sad Death of Green Tech

David Brooks laments the fall of the bipartisan green revolution

(Newser) - Back in 2003, green technology looked like the future, and a bipartisan consensus was forming around it. David Brooks recalls getting a ride in Prius from a conservative foreign policy hawk, who touted it as an antidote to foreign oil dependency. "From that date on, the story begins to... More »

What Happened to the GOP's Intellect?

Don't blame Romney for devolving party: Richard Cohen, David Brooks

(Newser) - Conservative commentators have been complaining lately about a struggling Romney campaign—but it's the Republican Party itself that's the "real problem," writes Richard Cohen in the Washington Post . "While Ronald Reagan had to beat out a star-studded field for his GOP nomination, Mitt Romney "... More »

Did '47%' Video Cost Mitt the Election?

Pundits analyze Romney's income tax assertion

(Newser) - Leaked video of a May Mitt Romney fundraiser—in which the candidate calls half the country self-proclaimed 'victims' —has the pundits swarming, with some saying it just might cost him the election. Here's what they're saying:
  • The video "has killed Mitt Romney's campaign for
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Why Election 2012 Is a Snoozer

David Brooks laments the content-free, vapid 2012 race

(Newser) - Let's face it: The 2012 election may be incredibly important, but it's "incredibly boring at the same time," writes David Brooks in the New York Times . And not content to leave it at that, he's come up with a lot of interconnected reasons why:
  • Intellectual
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Obama Has an 'ESPN Masculinity'

That explains why he's doing so well in spite of everything: David Brooks

(Newser) - Why is the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney so close? In the New York Times , David Brooks cites a number of polls that seem to indicate Obama shouldn’t even be in the game: Americans have little faith in the economy, the country is shifting to the right,... More »

Online Courses About to Change College Forever

David Brooks: Profs brace for 'tsunami' of Internet learning

(Newser) - Online education isn't just an "experiment" anymore. Harvard and MIT have just set aside $60 million for free online courses, and schools from Stanford to Yale are pursuing online learning. In short, "what happened to the newspaper and magazine business is about to happen to higher education:... More »

The Great American Trap: Competition

Paypal founder shows that US instead needs 'creative monopolists'

(Newser) - Peter Thiel spent most of his life competing. He competed to get into Stanford, and then Stanford Law, and then to become a clerk for a federal judge. But it was when he lost a competition—to become a Supreme Court clerk—that Thiel became a real success, founding PayPal... More »

We're Stuck With 2 Minority Parties

The public doesn't like either, but they get election wins anyway

(Newser) - Back in 1951, a political analyst came up with the theory that at any time in America there’s a Sun Party, which drives the agenda, and a minority Moon Party that shines by reflecting its rays. But these days, “we are living in the era of two moons... More »

Vote Romney, He's Boring

We need a professional, not an entertainer, David Brooks argues

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is running a great campaign—he’s been good in debates, stayed on message, and “taken Rick Perry apart with a cold ruthlessness that is a wonder to behold”—yet the Republican base hasn’t warmed to him, observes David Brooks in the New York Times... More »

David Brooks: Obama Duped Me

Deficit speech doesn't sit well with president's biggest conservative fan

(Newser) - In his New York Times column today, David Brooks admits something critics have long accused him of: “I’m a sap,” he writes , “a specific kind of sap. I’m an Obama Sap.” He had, for example, backed Obama's stimulus plan just days ago . But... More »

GOP Blowing 'No-Brainer' Compromise

This is looking like a party of fanatics: David Brooks

(Newser) - Congressional Republicans have proven to be tough negotiators since entering office, and they’ve got Democrats poised to accept trillions in budget cuts in exchange for a few hundred million in closed tax loopholes, writes David Brooks in the New York Times . It’s “the mother of all-no brainers,... More »

Sorry, Grads: We've Taught You All Wrong

'Finding yourself' isn't step one

(Newser) - As another class graduates from colleges across America, David Brooks reflects on a generation “ill served by their elders”: We haven’t given them the skills to “navigate” an unpredictable world. “This year’s graduates are members of the most supervised generation in American history,” Brooks... More »

Our Real Problem: One-Fifth of Men Are Sitting Idle

David Brooks thinks we need to spend on jobs, not health care

(Newser) - America has a big problem: Its men aren’t working. “There are probably more idle men now than at any time since the Great Depression,” writes David Brooks of the New York Times , and the problem is structural. While there are a decent number of jobs for college... More »

Bin Laden Was Just a Man

We could use an inexplicably 'good' version of him, writes David Brooks

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden was a shy boy who loved his parents. His father died at age 9. He lived in suburbia, attended an elite school, was religiously devout, and liked Bonanza and the evening news. Why all these personal facts? “Because we have a tendency to see history as... More »

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