Alan Greenblatt

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Go Ahead And Mail Your Boring Holiday Cards

Sunday, December 08, 2013

There's no question that people have mixed motives when they send out their cards. No doubt they want to put the best face on their own lives, offering an annual report marked more by pride, perhaps, than honesty. Christmas cards may be self-serving and smug, but they're also well-meant attempts to connect.


How Two Similar States Ended Up Worlds Apart In Politics

Friday, December 06, 2013

Politics in Minnesota and Wisconsin historically have been pretty similar, but that's no longer the case. Wisconsin is now advancing conservative policies and lending a Midwestern face to the Republican Party, while Minnesota's agenda has been among the most liberal.


Mandela: A Rare Success As Liberation Leader And President

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The transition from one role to the other is difficult, and many have failed making the attempt. Nelson Mandela was a rare example who succeeded in both jobs. In addition, he willingly stepped down after one term in office, setting an example for a young democracy.


Your Waiter Is Having A Bad Day. Can You Tell?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Everyone who's ever had a job has had to show up for work on days they'd rather be anywhere else. Keeping it together can be especially challenging for servers, whose livelihood depends on providing diners with pleasant experience.


How 2013 Became The Greatest Year In Gay Rights History

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

From the White House and the Supreme Court on down, gay rights advocates have won a string of victories this year. Many Americans remain opposed to same-sex marriage, but support for gays and gay marriage has been rising — particularly among young people.


How Republicans And Democrats Ended Up Living Apart

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Democrats and Republicans are much less likely to live among each other than they were a generation ago. And new social-science research suggests that more Americans are motivated to move because they want to live among partisans of their own stripe.


Why Chris Christie's Popularity May Tear His Party Apart

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Already, there's a vigorous debate about whether the newly re-elected New Jersey governor is the GOP's best chance for regaining the White House. In early-voting states, many conservatives look at Christie with suspicion.


With Three Years Left To Go, Obama Remains On Defense

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Concerted GOP opposition and the early stumbles of the health care law suggest the president will struggle to gain any kind of momentum in his second term.


Turnover Time: Celebrated Generation Of Mayors Leaves Office

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Several of the nation's largest cities, including New York, Boston and Detroit, elected new mayors on Tuesday. The new leaders will spend much of their time dealing with pension and health care costs.


For Somali Immigrants, All Politics Really Is Local

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Minneapolis is home to the largest population of Somali Americans in the nation. Next week, they may see one of their own elected to the City Council for the first time.


Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement

Monday, October 28, 2013

Voters in 11 Colorado counties may approve secession resolutions next month. It's largely a symbolic gesture, but the idea of splitting off and creating new states is taking root all over the country.


The Racial History Of The 'Grandfather Clause'

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Companies and individuals are considered grandfathered and exempt from new sets of regulations all the time. But the term and the concept date from the era of segregation that followed the Civil War.


What's In A Name? Potentially, Major Controversy

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The naming of the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has sparked a political debate about the legacy of a long-serving former mayor.


Obama's Speech On Syria May Fail To Sway Doubters

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The president framed the need to take punitive action against Syria in a historical and moral context. But in a tacit acknowledgment of public and congressional resistance, he said he was postponing further military and political action while pursuing newfound diplomatic openings.


Constituent Mailbag: A Deluge Of Opposition To Syria Strikes

Monday, September 09, 2013

Calls and emails to congressional offices have been close to unanimously negative. The latest polls show solid majorities of Americans opposed. With feelings running so high, many politicians are wary of offering support for military strikes on Syria.


What It's Like Living In A Bankrupt City

Friday, September 06, 2013

Before Detroit, the city of Stockton, Calif., suffered the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city's biggest challenge now is convincing voters they need to pay higher taxes before things get worse.


The Syria Vote: A Guide To The Congressional Factions

Thursday, September 05, 2013

When it comes to military action against Syria, members of Congress are divided by factions rather than party lines. That means the president still has a long way to go to assemble enough votes for a majority.


Senate Expected To Vote First On Syria Strikes

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Aside from hearings, no action is expected this week as Congress considers President Obama's call for authorization of military strikes against Syria. Far more members are publicly undecided than openly supportive of military action at this point.


How A Reluctant Obama Ended Up Preparing For A Strike

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Despite more than two years of fighting that has left 100,000 people dead, President Obama has resisted intervening in Syria. But he appears to have concluded that the use of chemical weapons demands a response, even if it risks drawing the U.S. deeper into the conflict.


How California Is Turning The Rest Of The West Blue

Thursday, August 29, 2013

California used to attract millions of newcomers, but now more people are moving away. And they're taking a more progressive strain of politics with them to places like Colorado and Nevada.