Noam Scheiber makes a key argument: It turns out that the applications the conservative groups submitted to the IRS—the ones the agency subsequently combed over, provoking nonstop howling—were unnecessary. The IRS doesn’t require so-called 501c4 organizations to apply for tax-exempt status. If anyone wants to start a social welfare group, they can just do it, then […]
Over at The New Republic, Noam Scheiber uses a remarkably interesting topic as a vehicle to mock constitutional conservatives and Ted Cruz. The issue is this: Ted Cruz was born an American citizen in Canada. Because one of this nation's...Show More Summary
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was born in Canada and his eligibility to run for president hinges over whether he is legally a "natural born" citizen, Noam Scheiber notes. "The consensus among legal experts appears to be, emphatically, yes... But it turns out that there's at least one legal heavyweight who would question Spiro's argument--a guy who goes by the name of... Ted Cruz."
Noam Scheiber highlights the ties between the Obama administration and the consulting industry in Washington: [T]he highest-profile White House grads don’t so much join consulting firms these days; they found them. A boldfaced Obama name can rake in upward of $25,000 per month from a client just by dialing into a conference call and drafting a memo from time [...]
Yesterday, we featured an important article by Noam Scheiber on how Obama insiders cash out on their connections once they leave the fold. Today, in the Wall Street Journal, we read of the Congressional version in terms of how a tipShow More Summary
Noam Scheiber: "Within Obamaworld, there are a few unwritten rules about how to parlay one's experience into a handsome payday. There is, for example, a loose taboo against joining a K Street lobbying shop and explicitly trading on administration connections. Show More Summary
Noam Scheiber writes that Barack Obama doesn't really like former aides showing off their closeness to the White House. But that's not really a problem: There are more than enough ways to cash in on a White House tour of duty that fall comfortably within the red lines governing Obama’s Washington. Show More Summary
Phill Swagel reviews Escape Artists by Noam Scheiber on President Obama's first term.
Noam Scheiber pinpoints why the press has turned on Ryan: You can treat politics like a game, and you can assume reporters will, too. But you can’t go so far as to admit it’s a game. … The problem with Ryan’s new budget—in which he reverts to his pre-campaign position on Medicare cuts—is that it more or less concedes [...]
Noam Scheiber: "Yes! Boehner is goofy, poorly informed, and frequently incoherent. He often sows confusion among the very people he's supposed to be leading. But despite this--or perhaps because of it--he has been remarkably effective at saving the Republican Party from complete self-destruction. Show More Summary
Noam Scheiber says President Obama made a mistake sending Joe Biden to haggle with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) once McConnell's talks with his Democratic counterpart, Harry Reid, had broken down. "From my after-the-fact...Show More Summary
Noam Scheiber: "I think the president made a huge mistake by negotiating over what he'd previously said was non-negotiable (namely, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts on income over $250,000). Then the White House compounded that mistake by sending Biden to "close" the deal when Harry Reid appeared to give up on it. Show More Summary
I hadn't seen this post by Noam Scheiber until now. He has a far harsher take on the deal. But at the end, he and I seem to have a fairly similar take, which is that the deal itself isn't...
Paul Krugman: >Conceder In Chief?: OK, I’ve had my own sorta-kinda briefing on the apparent fiscal cliff deal, and I’m pretty much with Noam Scheiber. Viewed on its own, it’s a bad and upsetting deal but not as terrible as initial rumors had it. Show More Summary
Noam Scheiber says President Obama should let Republicans takes us over the fiscal cliff. "They will see that they have been completely repudiated by the public in a way that even the election didn't impress on them. It will, in other words, be as close as you get in politics to a total victory for one side. Show More Summary
Noam Scheiber wants to jump off the fiscal cliff. He expects the GOP to suffer the consequences: [T]hey will see that they have been completely repudiated by the public in a way that even the election didn’t impress on them....
By Frank Moraes Noam Scheiber over at The New Republic makes the case: "To Save His Second Term, Obama Must Go Over the Fiscal Cliff." He counters the standard thinking that while it may be tactically smart to go over the Fiscal Cliff, it is bad strategy. Show More Summary
On Friday, Noam Scheiber took an exclusive look at the Romney campaign's internal polling and talked to Romney's chief pollster, Neil Newhouse, about why Romney thought he was going to win. Ed Kilgore zeroes in on the campaign's embrace of...
Noam Scheiber: >The Internal Polls That Made Mitt Romney Think He'd Win: It’s no secret that the Romney campaign believed it was headed for victory on Election Day…. The confidence… was such that Romney even passed on writing a concession speech…. Show More Summary
Internal polling showing leads over Barack Obama in New Hampshire and Colorado helped instill confidence in the Mitt Romney campaign on Election Day, according to final polling data revealed by Noam Scheiber of The New Republic. It had previously been revealed that the Romney campaign believed their candidate would carry North Carolina, Florida and Virginia. But [...]