Alan Greenblatt

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GOP Struggles To Sell Message In Big Cities

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Democrats currently control city hall in 90 percent of the nation's largest cities. But not too many years ago, Republicans had a pretty good chance of winning big-city mayoral races.


After 23 Years, Your Waiter Is Ready For A Raise

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991, but legislation before Congress could finally change that. The restaurant industry says that will cost jobs and drive away diners. But in states where servers, bartenders and other tipped workers already make more than the federal minimum wage, restaurants haven't been hurting.


Celebrities Turn Star Power Toward Political Stage

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Clay Aiken is the latest in a long line of actors, singers, reality TV stars and athletes to seek second careers in politics. But fame is no guarantee of success at the ballot box.


Rethinking The 17th Amendment: An Old Idea Gets Fresh Opposition

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

For more than 100 years, voters have been able to pick U.S. senators themselves. Some conservatives think the country would be better off if state legislators made the choice.


Policymaking By Pen: Obama's New Twist On Old Strategy

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Obama's aggressive use of executive orders is nothing new, either for him or for the presidency in general. But his decision to craft policies on his own is already getting congressional pushback.


Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shoutout From Obama

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

President Obama described the state as "not the most liberal part of the country." In fact, Kentucky gives him lower approval ratings than all but seven other states. Yet the state's Democratic governor has pushed Obama's priorities on health and education more successfully than most other governors.


Why Washington Drives Mayors Crazy

Friday, January 24, 2014

Close to 300 of the nation's mayors have been meeting in Washington this week. They've found networking with their peers to be a lot more productive than trying to lobby Congress.


'Betray Me And You're Dead': How Loyalty Leached Out Of Politics

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Several recent episodes — Chris Christie's bridge scandal, Robert Gates' memoir and Hillary Clinton's "hit list" — have illustrated the limits of political loyalty. Top politicians know they can never fully trust all those around them, but it doesn't always pay to try to get even.


Colleges Guide Low-Income Students From Getting In To Graduating

Thursday, January 16, 2014

An education summit at the White House focuses on finding new ways to help poor students succeed. "The dirty little secret of American higher education is that universities care about racial diversity and do a good job of trying to promote that, but they completely ignore the issue of socioeconomic diversity," says one scholar.


Nation's New Mayors Revive Big City Liberalism

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New mayors in cities such as New York, Boston and Minneapolis have made income inequality and racial inclusion top priorities. That's a different tack than some other recent progressive mayors, who focused more on keeping cities safe and budgets balanced.


Lieutenant Governors Make Headlines — For All The Wrong Reasons

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Over the past year, four lieutenant governors have resigned amid scandal. Lieutenant governors may not have much power, but they're certainly capable of getting into trouble.


Taking Responsibility But Dodging Blame, Christie Takes His Time

Thursday, January 09, 2014

With his career put at risk by scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held an epic-length news conference on Thursday. Taking questions for two hours was part of his overall message, which is that he has nothing to hide.


How Media Outlets Sometimes Agree To Agree

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Certain issues brook no dissent. But how do media outlets decide if and when a strong enough consensus has emerged to safely dismiss other viewpoints?


Congress Lets Dozens Of Tax Breaks Expire

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Teachers, film producers and restaurant owners — among many other groups — face higher tax bills in 2014. More than 50 temporary tax breaks are expiring at midnight on New Year's Eve, but many of them are likely to be restored when Congress returns.


This Is (Not) The Most Important Story Of The Year

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Stories that titillate, amuse or arouse flash-in-the-pan outrage may be more widely read and shared than solid information. Celebrity and scandals have always attracted media attention, but in the Internet age the balance is shifting more toward entertainment.


How Michael Bloomberg Became The Most Influential Mayor Of The Century (So Far)

Friday, December 27, 2013

By example and personal wealth, Bloomberg has changed not just city management in New York but also the way mayors all over the country approach their jobs. He steps down Jan. 1.


In 2013, Federal Workers Found New Reason To Be Unhappy

Thursday, December 26, 2013

A recent survey shows that furloughs and hiring freezes conspired to dampen morale. But if federal workers are feeling undervalued, their job security remains high.


How To Master The Fine Art Of Political Symbolism

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Politicians around the country — and around the globe — continue to embrace the most basic symbols as a means of getting their points across more powerfully to voters.


Obama's Jab At Russia In Keeping With Olympic Tradition

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

President Obama is staying home from next year's Winter Games, sending openly gay athletes instead to scold Russia for its anti-gay policies. This isn't the first time politics has intruded on the Olympics. Although the games are intended to be an apolitical athletic gathering, they have frequently provided a platform for protest.


Is Sen. John Cornyn Conservative Enough For Texas?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cornyn's voting record ranks him as the second most conservative Republican in the Senate. But some on the right feel he was insufficiently supportive of Sen. Ted Cruz's effort to defund Obamacare, and now he faces a primary challenge from Steve Stockman, a Houston-area House member.