Hillary Clinton steps out of the political spotlight today as she departs from the U.S. State Department after four years as secretary of state. As we reflect on her legacy, John Cassidy, staff writer at The New Yorker, argues that Secretary Clinton achieved more as "an ambassador to the world" than as secretary of state.
Some Republicans, including columnist Marc Thiessen, say their only negotiating tactic is to let the United States go over the fiscal cliff. But New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy says it’s Obama who would benefit from the January 1st package of tax hikes and spending cuts.
When President Obama traveled to Aurora earlier this week, he agreed to not use the name of the shooter in any of his public speeches. John Cassidy, staff writer for The New Yorker, thinks that gesture comes at a cost.
New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy discusses economics and the presidential campaign. He’s been covering Mitt Romney and President Obama on The New Yorker’s blog “Rational Irrationality.” Cassidy’s latest book is How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities.
The big political story this week was an argument between the Obama and Romney campaigns about whether or not Romney would have killed Osama Bin Laden, were he president. As the New Yorker's John Cassidy observed, the argument was actually beside the point -- it was a piece of calculated political distraction by the White House. He explains to Bob how it worked, and what news we missed as a result.
New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy talks about the economic philosophy of John Maynard Keynes and whether it can work to pull us out of the economic recession. Today, many regard Keynes as the economist whose sweeping theory remains the best solution to our current woes, but conservative economists insist that Keynes’s ideas have failed to work. Cassidy’s article “The Demand Doctor” appeared in the October 10, 2011, issue of The New Yorker.
The financial reform bill introduced Tuesday by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), chair of the Senate Banking Committee, would dramatically change the way U.S. banks are monitored. But with resistance from both Republicans and Democrats, the bill is unlikely to pass through the Senate before the end of the year. Here to tell us more about it is our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, along with John Cassidy, New Yorker staff writer and author of the book, "How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities."