Matthew Yglesias

Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

  • Black Swans

    Paul Krugman writes that you can't think correctly about climate change unless you take adequate consideration of relatively unlikely scenarios for…

  • Independent Streaks

    Oftentimes policies designed to protect the environment involve difficult tradeoffs with economic growth. But sometimes they don't. Sometimes we have…

  • More Good News for McCain

    Quinnipiac: Obama Tour Doesn't Help In Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds; Voters Care More About Energy Than…

  • Pants on Fire IV

    St. Petersburg Times (Florida): "The Straight Talk Express has taken a nasty turn into the gutter. Sen. John McCain has resorted to lies and…

  • Obama Leading . . . Good News for McCain!

    The LA Times asks "Where did Barack Obama's mojo go?":A new CNN/Opinion Research poll out Wednesday shows that despite nine solid days of blanket…

  • The Myth of Polling

    The obvious problem with the polls you see all the time about how the public feels about such and such an issue is that these surveys don't tell you…

  • The Shoe Factor

    If I may return to the question of John McCain's $520 Salvatore Ferragamo Pregiato Moccasins imported from Italy, I want to say that I think the fact…

  • Pants on Fire III

    Consortium of Ohio newspapers rates this ad a zero out of ten on the accuracy scale:Describing Barack Obama's support for a cap and trade plan as a…

  • Defending Housing Vouchers

    Greg Anrig and Harold Pollack argue that Hannah Rosin was overreading the evidence when she concluded that Section 8 rental vouchers were responsible…

  • Afghans for Obama

    Sam Stein had the opportunity to hear Said Jawad, who's been Afghanistan's ambassador to the USA since 2003, talk about the national security…

  • Banning Fast Food

    The LA City Council adopted a measure yesterday to prevent new fast food restaurants from opening in South LA. The theory is that this will enhance…

  • Dot Connection

    One of the oddest aspects of some of the debates over the Bush administration and various forms of legal due process has been how unkosher it's…

  • Pants on Fire II

    NBC News: "McCain and his campaign repeated at least two lines of attack against Obama, which when first said in early July, were called 'bogus,'…

  • The Limits of Local Action

    PPI has launched a new blog, MovingUp USA on issues of poverty and social mobility. Over there Katie Campbell has a post on "States and Cities Take a…

  • The Hotties

    Every summer The Hill newspaper puts out its 50 most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill list, a DC event like no other because hating Hill types is one…

  • Mocking Messiah

    Here's another one for the "if a Democrat did it, the media would roast him alive" file. It seems the McCain campaign put together a joke site called…

  • Something About Mary

    Wow. Here's a weird story and some awesome reporting from Mother Jones. The article's subhead sums things up about as well as anything else: "Mary…

  • Active Grannies

    Mark Penn yesterday:In the relentless quest to find the soccer moms of this election, perhaps the answer will be found in the “active granny”…

  • Obama's Elitism Problem

    The big challenge facing Barack Obama is whether or not ordinary people can relate to him. After all, he's a big-time elitist. He thinks that it's…

  • Changing Times

    Henry Farrell finds himself surprised to see "so little of the usual bombast" in the recent Phoenix Initiative report from CNAS. In general, I think…

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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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