Matt Bai

New York Times Magazine Contributing Writer

Matt Bai appears in the following:

The Candidate, the Model and the Yacht that Changed American Politics

Monday, October 06, 2014

Gary Hart seemed set to win the 1988 Democratic nomination for president until rumors of infidelity led to his downfall, creating a new standard for political scandal as entertainment.

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“Did Barack Obama Save Ohio?”

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Matt Bai, The New York Times Magazine’s chief political correspondent, investigates the state of Ohio, and whether it was Obama’s auto bailout that saved Ohio from falling off the cliff or the policies of the Republican Governor, or if it was something else entirely. He argues that the answer could decide the next presidency. His article “Did Barack Obama Save Ohio?” appears in the September 9 issue of the magazine.

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Politics Week: Transportation Bill, Supreme Court Fallout, More

Friday, March 30, 2012

Melinda Henneberger, anchor blogger for She the PeopleThe Washington Post’s women’s blog, and Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, look back at the week's political news.

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What's Next for the Republican Presidential Field?

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, discusses the Republican field and whether we should consider it set now that Chris Christie ruled out a last-minute bid.

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Tucson Shooting: The Continued Fallout

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

All of this bleeds into the mood, and the atmosphere in the country, the sense of urgency. It's the difference between having a debate and political philosophy, and constantly communicating to people, who are unstable and who are on the fringe or who feel deeply threatened and frustrated, that this is the armaggedon, and the fate of the Republic and the fate of our children rests on it. That kind of overheated rhetoric is on cable TV every night, the blogs of both ideologies every night. That kind of rhetoric inevitably leads people to see themselves as actors in a grand human historic drama, in a way that I think becomes closely linked to a tendency toward violence.

Matt Bai writer of the Political Times column for The New York Times, on The Brian Leher Show.

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Tucson Shooting: Turning Point?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Matt Bai, writer of the Political Times column for The New York Times and  frequent contributor to The Times Magazine, discusses the Tucson shooting and where it fits into the history of political violence.

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Selling Health Care Reform: Advice for the President

Friday, September 18, 2009

President Obama campaigned on an agenda of change: change for health care, change for the environment and change for the nation. Ten months into his presidency, those changes have proved hard to come by. In his upcoming article for The New York Times Magazine, Matt Bai writes about what President Obama needs to do to win over the American people and pass his ambitious agendas, including health care reform.


President Obama's place in history

Friday, January 30, 2009

President Barack Obama has been compared to great American leaders from Abraham Lincoln to John F. Kennedy, Jr.. But in a forthcoming piece in The New York Times Magazine, writer Matt Bai argues that the danger of looking back at history for parallels is that you fail to look forward. He joins us now for a sneak peak at his article.


The End of Black Politics

Monday, August 18, 2008

Does Obama’s candidacy mean the end of traditional black politics? Matt Bai is author of the recent New York Times Magazine article, "Post Race."

Weigh in: What do you think Obama's candidacy means for the future of black politics? Leave a comment below, or call us at 212-433-9692.

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The Color of Change

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

How have people's ideas about race changed the political landscape for the upcoming general election? NYT magazine contributing writer Matt Bai, Ronald Walters professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and John McWhorter, a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute, talk about the shift.

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"Mini Tuesday" Results

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, Marie Cocco, syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group, and Matt Bai, contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, talk about yesterday's primaries.

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Virtual Politics

Thursday, September 13, 2007

In his new book The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics (Penguin, 2007), Matt Bai, studied what is at the heart of the Democratic party and whether Democrats can get over what divides them to succeed in 2008.

The Argument is available ...

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Virtual Politics

Thursday, September 13, 2007

What makes the progressive wing of the Democratic Party tick? Journalist Matt Bai joins guest host Mike Pesca to talk about his new book The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics. Also, real estate blogger Lockhart Steele on why so many New Yorkers still rent, compared ...

Dems Debate

Monday, June 04, 2007

Matt Bai, contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine covering the presidential campaign and Ruben Navarrette, Jr., syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Group, both assess how the Democratics did in their second debate this year.

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