Jonathan Chait in Daily Intel on Detroit as a cautionary tale "Detroit is a synecdoche for America — not America’s future, but its past," the Detroit native writes. "Everything that happened in the United States in the middle of the twentieth century happened in and around Detroit, but moreso." The rapid industrialization, the affluent middle class, racial tensions, and the ensuing suburbanization — all of these extremes manifested themselves foremost in Detroit. "It’s hard to imagine any plausible way to pull the city out of its death spiral," he writes. "It is the residual wound of the rise and fall of postwar America, the place where the egalitarian economy was born, and it where also died." Salon's Washington reporter Alex Seitz-Wald tweets "Absolutely read @JonathanChait's meditation on Detroit," and Slate journalist David Weigel opines "Jonathan Chait writes beautifully about being a Detroit suburbanite during the time of decline."
Ray Kelly in The Wall Street Journal on the success of stop-and-frisk President Obama is considering choosing Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, so the New York City police commissioner took to the pages to defend his controversial stop-and-frisk policy that targets minorities for police pat-downs. "Racial profiling is a disingenuous charge at best and an incendiary one at worst," he writes, and argues that the policy has saved 7,383 people—"largely the lives of young men of color"—based on the amount of NYC murders the 11 years before he took over compared to the amount during his 11-year tenure. However, Salon's Alex Pareene rejects each of Kelly's claims paragraph-by-paragraph in a scathing response. Salon editor at large Joan Walsh tweets, "Ray Kelly may be too dumb to run Homeland Security if he is seriously attributing the NYC murder rate decline to stop and frisk," since that decline started in 1991.