Matt Miller

  • Detroit blackmail?

    Can anyone explain why GM and Chrysler say they'll need $100 billion and $25 billion in financing respectively if they have to file bankruptcy, but…

  • Health scandal

    A new report from my colleagues at the Center for American Progress shows that 100,000 people are losing health insurance each week in this recession…

  • Always nice to see..

    The WSJ reports that a number of top mutual fund managers did very well for themselves in 2008 even as those who invested with them lost their shirts…

  • Housing confusion

    I heard an NPR report this morning that gloomily lamented the fact that housing starts were down some record amount last month, but I don't…

  • Judd Gregg

    ...looks like a horse's ass. What else can one say? How can he not have thought this through before he sought -- affirmatively sought -- the Commerce…

  • The Lerach solution

    My wife Jody has the perfect answer to how we can get some crazy bank executives to disgorge the ill-gotten bonuses they've paid themselves even…

  • The Gregg conundrum

    If reports are right that New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg will be named Commerce secretary, the only question is: why is Gregg doing this?…

  • Creative shaming

    About those taxpayer funded bonuses on Wall Street: it's hard to believe there's no legal theory that would let shareholders or creditors claw back…

  • Can you say 'tone deaf' in Japanese?

    Another fun factoid from a letter to the FT this week: The hot new word in Japan is KY. An abbreviation for kuuki-yomenai, it literally means "unable…

  • Banking line of the week

    Peter Boone and Simon Johnson in the FT:If you want to end up with the economy of Pakistan, the politics of Ukraine and the inflation rate of…

  • The conservatives' tax scandal

    Essential piece in Politico yesterday by Bruce Bartlett, the former Bush I and Reagan aide who makes a cameo appearance in my book, The Tyranny of…

  • How to eliminate risk without even trying

    Gretchen Morgenson in Sunday's NYT floats some potential fixes for the credit default swap hangover -- worth reading.How detached from reality did we…

  • First, Kill All the School Boards

    A modest proposal to fix the schools

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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