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"If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?"

"Not a book but a poem, Johnson’s The Vanity of Human Wishes," writes Terry Teachout, who, because he feels like it, is answering the questions that a NYT editor (Pamela Paul) asked of someone else (David Brooks). (Brooks would require...Show More Summary

Dreier Urged to Run for Senate in California

Former Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) “is among those being approached” about a potential U.S. Senate campaign in California, the Sacramento Bee reports. “A distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution, he has over the decades repeatedly been mentioned as a likely [...] The post Dreier Urged to Run for Senate in California appeared first on Political Wire.

A Makeover for Capitalism

"Capitalism's great triumph over socialism has been followed by a series of humbling setbacks since." - New York Times columnist David Brooks Capitalism is unquestionably the dominant socio-economic model in the world today. But since...Show More Summary

Room envy: A Victorian foyer with a modern twist

Interior designer Brooke Brantley Merrill and her husband, David, love their circa-1884 house in Macon, but the two are not wed to period decor. Their updated but classic approach is apparent the moment guests walk through the front door.

David Brooks Says He 'Would Feel Safe' With Jeb's Foreign Policy Team At The Helm

David Brooks does his best to make light of Jeb Bush bringing back the gang that brought us the invasion of Iraq as his foreign policy team. I hate to break it to Brooks, but Paul Wolfowitz is not the only troubling name on that list. Show More Summary

Open Thread - Follow The Money

On topic, every talking head on television should have to disclose any investment in clean coal, fracking, or the military industrial complex. That means you, too, David Brooks. Open thread below...

Stony Brook j-school remembers David Carr

Letter to Romenesko From DEAN MILLER, director of Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy: Re: Stony Brook j-students remembering David Carr. He was generous to us with his time and it made a big impact (see Ariel Dollinger’s piece). We’ll be teaching off this padlet this week, which serves materials to students and faculty. … Read More

David Brooks Is Making History

David Brooks cast his column today as a battle between the economic agendas put forward by Larry Summers in a recent report for the Center for American Progress and Marco Rubio in his campaign book, American Dreams. After a brief summary...Show More Summary

David Brooks is holier-than-thou: Why he gets secularism all wrong

The New York Times columnist says non-believers have no innate moral code. Thanks, David, we're doing just fine

Thinkin’ about “Lincoln” again

(Scott Johnson) We’ll be celebrating the anniversary of Lincoln’s birth tomorrow in the usual way, but I wanted to warm up with this look back at the 2012 film Lincoln. Until reading David Brooks’s obtuse column about the film, I was unsure that I knew enough to comment intelligently about it. Show More Summary

Yin Presents Protecting Taxpayers from Congressional Lawbreaking Today at Georgetown

George K. Yin (Virginia) presents Protecting Taxpayers from Congressional Lawbreaking at Georgetown today as part of its Tax Law and Public Finance Workshop Series hosted by John Brooks, Itai Grinberg, and David Schizer: This paper describes how the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee broke the law in 2014 when...

David Brooks’ pity party: Why his defense of Brian Williams is really about the 1 percent

New York Times columnist wants us to show the NBC star "forgiveness" -- because it's hard to be wealthy and famous

Fed Watch: On The Fed Credibility Gap

Tim Duy: On The Fed Credibility Gap, by Tim Duy: Financial market participants do not believe the Fed will pursue their expected policy path: David Wessel opines on the reasons from his post at Brookings: First, financial markets are not...

David Brooks ‘Totally Pro-Obama’ for Calling Out Christian ‘Self-Righteousness’

2 weeks agoNews : Mediaite

New York Times columnist David Brooks said on Meet the Press yesterday he's "totally pro-Obama" in how President Obama warned Christians not to get on their "high horse" over Muslim terrorists.

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1. Is TV the next internet?  And George Selgin reviews Calomiris and Haber. 2. Um vs. uh. 3. Michael Pollan’s piece on psychedelics should win one of those David Brooks magazine awards (“Sidneys”), as it will prove one of the best and most important long reads of the year.  Among its other virtues, it confirms […]

TO THE LEFT, AN AMERICA THAT THINKS HIGHLY OF ITSELF IS THE MOST INTOLERABLE THING IMAGINABLE: Davi…

TO THE LEFT, AN AMERICA THAT THINKS HIGHLY OF ITSELF IS THE MOST INTOLERABLE THING IMAGINABLE: David Brooks Praises Obama for Calling out our ‘Self-Righteousness’ in Prayer Breakfast Speech.

Brooks: We Have To Remind Ourselves We Do Stand For Democracy In The Middle East

David Brooks is still suffering from the delusion that we're "spreading freedom" over in the Middle East. Here he is on this Friday's The PBS Newshour, hoping the audience has an attention span of a flea and has collective amnesia to...Show More Summary

The Religion of Medicine.

Mike Magee This week, New York Times introspective columnist, David Brooks wrote, “Over the past few years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of people who are atheist, agnostic or without religious affiliation. A fifth of all...Show More Summary

David Brooks: So The Kochs Want To Spend Nearly One Billion? Big Deal!

Not only is it the week for the press to sing Scott Walker's praises, it's also the week where everyone from MSNBC's Morning Joe crew to the Fox talkers talked up the Kochs and their network. Because Billionaire Bucks are not to be trifled...Show More Summary

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