Matthew Cooper

Matthew Cooper is a managing editor (White House) for National Journal.

  • After New Haven, Affirmative Action Is Not Back

    The Court's New Haven ruling won't resurrect it as an issue.

  • What Barack Obama Owes Michael Jackson

    They were born three years and 24 days apart. And a more than an ocean separated the only child of a Kenyan father and a Kansan mother and the Gary,…

  • Clarence Thomas, Outcast? Or President?

    Today, the Supreme Court issued its second 8-1 decision with Clarence Thomas providing as the lone dissenting voice. Last week, it was the court's…

  • The New Tom Joads

    The Wall Street Journal has a great story this morning about people who have become semi-nomad because of the recession. (Subscription required.) Our…

  • What Bill Clinton Can Teach Mark Sanford

    I made the point earlier that Bill Clinton was famously saved by the perception that he was  undistracted by his affair and the he was still focused…

  • We've Got More Questions for Mark Sanford

    Mark Sanford's extraordinary press conference leads to a number of questions about what happens next to a governor and former congressman who was…

  • Don't Cry For Me, Mark Sanford

    Will be Twittering the Mark Sanford press conference at 2 PM Eastern. In the mean time, interesting reading can be done here on the Politics Channel…

  • The Crucifixion of Nico Pitney

    Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration but the Huffington Post reporter is getting tweaked this morning for the question he posed to President Obama…

  • Why Are Obama's Polls Slipping?

    Today's presidential press conference was supposed to be held in the Rose Garden, but it got canceled because of the heat. I suspect this was less a…

  • Voting Rights, Afterthoughts

    My old colleague and friend, Abigail Thernstrom, makes the case against minority-majority districts in the National Review.  The Nation reverts to…

  • Obama's Weird "AA" Crack

    It tells you something that neither Afghanistan nor Iraq came up at the president's press conference. The United States is simultaneously prosecuting…

  • The Coming Voting Rights Explosion

    Having read the opinion in the voting rights case, I got a little bit of the feeling I did after the Israel-Hezbollah war of 2006. It ended…

  • Voting Rights For Our Time

    Will have more later on the Roberts Court opinion on the Voting Rights Act. I guess a few things struck me after seeing the initial ruling. 1. You…

  • The Centrist Fallacy

    A few things to know about Washington. The press loves centrists. Any self-styled moderate who bucks their party is sure to get good play and…

  • More Neocon Buffoonery

    You would think that the Neocons would be a tad temperate after having gotten so many things wrong for so long. But look at the way the amiable…

  • Who Will Be The Republican Al From?

    Tonight there will be one of those lavish Washington tributes. Speeches, toasts, gentle ribbing and fulsome praise--they'll all be on display at the…

  • Will Health Care Crash?

    There's been tons written about why this time is different than last time. The conventional wisdom has it that last time health care crashed because…

  • The Coming Republican Reality Check

    The usually wise and always engaging Mike Murphy has a piece in Time on a familiar there: the Hispanic woes of the GOP. The story he tells is…

  • Tim Russert, Me And The CIA Leak Case

    He was a lawyer and too smart, too cautious to say anything. So he would just roll his eyes when we passed at the NBC News building on Nebraska…

  • But, Hey, The Stimulus Is Good

    An administration official took about eight minutes before whacking me (gently) about my post on the Biden stimulus celebration tour. So let me be…


How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.


Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.


The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.


Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.


Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses


Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.



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