Jonathan Alter

The senator thinks Maher "just used a word white people have no business using."
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Frum-Alter disagree on two big topics: is Obama's ISIS strategy of "containment" capable of driving the group back? Can Republicans come back by developing economic solutions for anxious middle-class boomers and by being culturally tolerant? How do either when right-wing media dumbs base down?

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpg Mary Matalin and Jonathan Alter debate whether Obamacare's Relaunch retook the health offensive and can revive it. Mary then describes what a Catholic conservative thinks about a Pope attacking "trickle down" policies and Limbaugh attacking the Pope for "pure Marxism." Also: What War on Xmas?
2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgNow that Congress crashed on Cruz Control, Ralph and Jonathan concur that that Ted and the Tea Party are fringe but disagree on how Obama is taking them on. And they debate the prospects of Cruz, Booker, Brown.
There are many things that Obama cannot control about his legacy, but he should use every tool available to leave the broad mark on the judiciary that he is constitutionally required to make.
The Playbook 2012 series is a breezy, fly-on-the-wall, real-time reporter's notebook. It is not a definitive history of the election and does not purport to be.
2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgShow trials and screw-ups do not make for true "scandals." But what about GOP efforts to in effect deny the original intent of Article II when it comes to Obama's constitutional power to name judges? Spitzer & Matalin debate this as well as the NSA and Rice-Power appointments.
Below, see 13 Ailes Tales from Alter's book (all quotes from The Center Holds): 9. He Terrifies Current & Former Staffers
“Generally speaking, talented people from the campaign want to have nothing to do with the government,” Alter said. With
(h/t NY Mag) Murdoch, the CEO of News Corp., hired Ailes to create Fox News in 1996. The two are the people most responsible