Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

  • Barack Obama, Liberal Hawk?

    Yglesias cries foul on my last post, with its prediction that Obama would end up earning a "strange new respect" among some right-wing hawks - and…

  • Eyes on the Prize

    Jim Geraghty:So Joe Lieberman is keeping his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee on the say so of 42 Senate Democrats AND President Obama…

  • The When and the Why of Abortion

    Ed Kilgore:Here is the real deal on abortion policy: activists on both sides of the abortion debate understand yet rarely acknowledge that a…

  • Time Passes

    Via Tyler Cowen, Jason Kottke has a post that vividly illustrates how music and movies from your childhood become "oldies" and "classics" without…

  • Presidents and Heretics

    If you're following the interesting debate over whether Barack Obama is a Christian, one thing to keep in mind is the extent to which heresy of…

  • Abortion and the Art of the Possible

    I want to take up a point the indefatigable Freddie DeBoer raises in the comments to the John Schwenkler post I just mentioned:I just don't…

  • Falls the Shadow

    Yglesias has a smart post on the potential gulf between the GM bailout smart liberals would like to see take place and the GM bailout as it's…

  • On The Possibility of An Abortion Compromise

    A fine post from John Schwenkler:... if the pro-life position on abortion is unpopular, then so is the pro-choice one; or rather, each is unpopular…

  • Bail The Presses!

    BusinessWeek's Jon Fine gets down to nuts and bolts on how this journalism bailout thing might work, offering up two potential "Newspaper Rescue…

  • Star Trek Returns

    The bootleg trailer for J.J. Abrams' Trek film is here, though probably not for long, and it kicks you upside the head like a good Romulan ale. The…

  • Souls On Ice

    "Few issues," Ronald Green writes, "are likely to generate more emotional opposition than federal funding of stem cell research." Fortunately, he has…

  • Jindal Tackles Health Care

    This will bear watching. 

  • The Journalism Bailout, Ctd.

    I offered the carrot; Megan offers the stick:... you know that normally, I'd take the libertarian side and argue against this. But the news business…

  • Provocation of the Day

    Alex Tabarrok:The Federal Government owns more than half of Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Alaska and it owns nearly half of California, Arizona,…

  • Where's The Journalism Bailout?

    David Frum, on the fate of GM:Last week, the stock of Las Vegas Sands Corporation collapsed. Bankruptcy seems a real possibility. Indeed, the whole…

  • Should Conservatism Be a Movement?

    I meant to say something earlier about Austin Bramwell's attack on the idea of a conservative "movement." He writes:Movement conservatives have in…

  • Sarah Palin and the MSM

    James Poniewozik and Jason Zengerle both note that (in Zengerle's words) "for someone who spent so much time railing against the mainstream media in…

  • Newt and New Ideas

    Those inclined to support Newt Gingrich's apparent bid to chair the RNC on the grounds that he's always flush with new ideas should go back and…

  • A Foray Into Racial Awkwardness

    Is there any way for a white American to say that the election of Barack Obama makes him feel happy for black America without sounding condescending,…

  • Jindal Takes A Pass

    Why do conservatives hold out such hopes for Bobby Jindal? Because he's a smart, smart guy.


The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."


What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.


Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.


Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.


How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming



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