Clive Crook

  • Hillary's speech

    She was at her best. It was a fine speech, an urgent call for unity, and the delivery was phenomenal: passionate, forceful, and not the least bit…

  • The influence game

    I ran into Massie Ritsch of the Center for Responsive Politics--a (truly) nonpartisan outfit that tracks money as it flows through the political…

  • Michelle Obama's speech

    Michelle Obama did her part and closed a somewhat purposeless first day of the Democratic convention on a positive note. She came over as strong and…

  • The end of blogging

    Daily Kos, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and ProgressNow have organized a week-long programme in the Big Tent, actually a medium-sized…

  • Brunch with the stars

    The Democrats have an ill-advised fondness for celebrities, and the feeling is mutual. Stars of stage, screen and recording studio are everywhere to…

  • Come to Denver

    If your idea of fun is to spend five days standing in line with people who want to talk about nothing but politics, Denver is the place. A…

  • The Biden factor

    The selection of Joe Biden, for all his merits, was something of an anticlimax, and the Obama campaign is mostly to blame. It overmanaged the…

  • Thank you, Theodore Dalrymple

    Sometimes I wonder where I would be without Theodore Dalrymple, the retired prison doctor and pseudonymous essayist with a particular genius for…

  • Friedman and Ignatius on Georgia

    Valuable columns by Tom Friedman and David Ignatius. Friedman concentrates on the error of Nato expansion, and the consequent humiliation of Russia,…

  • How much do the conventions matter?

    The conventions matter either a lot or not much, and it is difficult to say which, not just before the event but also after. Thank you to Larry…

  • Church and state

    An interesting piece by Kathleen Parker, who was deeply offended by the Saddleback "interrogation". (Thanks to Loretta, a recovering Catholic of this…

  • Obama, McCain, and Rick Warren

    Otherwise detained when it was first broadcast, I only got around to watching the Saddleback Church encounter (video; transcript) last night. Warren…

  • Column: Washington remains hobbled by Iraq

    Here is my column for Monday's FT:So far, reaction in the US to Russia's invasion of Georgia has been all Vladimir Putin could have wished. Exhausted…

  • Obama's tax plan: what could be clearer?

    I am not devoting myself full-time to following the iterations of the candidates' tax plans--as you will soon see, that way lies insanity--but I was…

  • If only they had chosen Clinton...

    I don't think so. Read this piece by Josh Green and the accompanying haul of documents from inside the Clinton campaign. This is the candidate who…

  • Georgia (and Ukraine)

    Joe Klein accuses Robert Kagan of warmongering. When a column starts off like this: The details of who did what to precipitate Russia's war against…

  • Column: Whispers of a Watergate

    The response in the US to startling new allegations that the White House directed the forgery of evidence to support its case for the war in Iraq has…

  • The Edwards confession

    Having ignored the story for months, the press descends with barely contained glee on the John Edwards confession. Far be it from me to moralise (let…

  • Adam Smith on CSR

    I've mentioned the Bill Gates/Mike Kinsley/Conor Clarke creative capitalism project before. A new highlight on the site is a piece by my…

  • An immigration story

    A friend sends me this, which I urge you to read in full (the point of the story is in the details). Ex-UI researcher faces deportation. Katarzyna…

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Life as an Obama Impersonator

"When you think you're the president, you just act like you are above everybody else."

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Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.

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Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti is the farthest thing from anarchy."

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The Joy of Running in a Beautiful Place

A love letter to California's Marin Headlands

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'I Didn't Even Know What I Was Going Through'

A 17-year-old describes his struggles with depression.

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