John Cassidy

Staff writer, "The New Yorker"

John Cassidy appears in the following:

Why Don't Trump's Scandals Seem to Resonate?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Trump's "university," charitable foundation and past campaign donations have all been subject to scrutiny. The New Yorker's John Cassidy examines why these controversies haven't stuck.

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The New Yorker at the DNC: TPP or Bust

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A free trade agreement is at the center of anti-establishment opposition on both the right and the left. 


What Kind of VP Would Elizabeth Warren Be?

Friday, June 10, 2016

Senator Elizabeth Warren is a rumored vice presidential pick for presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But would the White House be a step up for Warren?

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Jeremy Corbyn's Plans for the British Labour Party

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn, the new face of the British Labour Party, is already turning heads since he was voted into office on September 12th. Hear why the British media is predicting chaos.

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Is it Time to Let Snowden Come Home?

Friday, June 05, 2015

The passage of the USA Freedom Act is the first major effort by Congress to reign in the Patriot Act. But the law may never have been passed had it not been for Edward Snowden.


On Infrastructure Funding and the Amtrak Derailment

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Amtrak derailment happened as Congress faces the May 31 deadline on transportation funding. The New Yorker's John Cassidy looks at whether those dots connect.

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A Manufactured Crisis: Russia's Gift to NATO?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

NATO may have been hovering on the brink of collective military irrelevance a year ago, but Russia's invasion of Ukraine has given new life, and military opportunities, to the alliance.

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How to Cope When the News is Grim

Friday, July 25, 2014

It's been one of those weeks where the bad news just kept piling on: Gaza, Ukraine, plane crashes and an ebola outbreak, just to name a few. Sometimes, simply taking a vacation from t...

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Hillary Clinton's Legacy: Ambassador to the World?

Friday, February 01, 2013

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 Cass...

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Why Obama Should Go Over the Fiscal Cliff

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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 s...

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John Cassidy on the Economy and Election

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

John Cassidy, staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about the election results. He's the author of the blog Rational Irrationality at

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Why The Name of the Aurora Shooter Should Be Remembered

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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, ...

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Money, the Economy, and the Presidential Election

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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.

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Political Misdirection from The White House

Friday, May 04, 2012

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.

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What would John Maynard Keynes Tell Us to Do?

Monday, October 24, 2011

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.

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John Cassidy on Islam and Economies

Friday, February 25, 2011

New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy looks at whether Islam is responsible for the lagging economies of many Arab countries. His article “Prophet Motive” appears in the February 28 issue of The New Yorker.

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Is Wall Street Worthy?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

John Cassidy, staff writer at The New Yorker, discusses his recent article "What Good is Wall Street", which argues that the work investment bankers do today is socially worthless.

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Economic Architect

Monday, March 15, 2010

Joshua Green, Senior Editor of The Atlantic, and John Cassidy, New Yorker staff writer, talk about Timothy Geithner’s role as chief architect of Obama’s plan to fix the economy, and why his plan has made him unpopular. Joshua Green’s article “Inside Man” appears in the April issue of ...

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How Markets Fail

Friday, November 13, 2009

John Cassidy explains that behind the headlines about job losses, bank bailouts, and corporate greed lies a little-known story of bad ideas. How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities, looks at what happens when markets don’t work—when they lead to stock market bubbles, extreme inequality, real estate crashes, ...

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Sen. Dodd's Proposed Bank Regulations

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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...

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