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‘We just try to get our paragraph right’, Eagle Eye

‘We just try to get our paragraph right’

The profile of Barack Obama by David Remnick in The New Yorker a week ago is terrific. It is long: 16,000 words. I have already commented on it here and here, but I have only just finished reading it all. If you don’t have time for the whole thing, just read the end, where Remnick [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at 9:22 pm

“The most curious character on the plane”, Eagle Eye

“The most curious character on the plane”

Thanks to Pacificweather in the comments for spotting this, in David Remnick’s profile of Barack Obama:
The most curious character on the plane was Marvin Nicholson, a tall, rangy man in his early forties who works as the President’s trip director and ubiquitous factotum. He is six feet eight. Nicholson is the guy who is always [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 at 11:30 am

Obama on Dope and Football, Eagle Eye

Obama on Dope and Football

There is a long interview with Barack Obama by David Remnick in The New Yorker, in which the President is cloudy but liberal when asked about legalising cannabis.
He repeated the common line about it being less harmful than alcohol, which, as I wrote the other day, is true, but is not the answer to the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 at 9:48 pm

“Low-Information Leadership”, Eagle Eye

“Low-Information Leadership”

Peggy Noonan, Ronald Reagan’s speech-writer, is majestic on her Wall Street Journal blog yesterday. She lays into Barack Obama over the healthcare reform, saying it is a problem that he is seen as intelligent, sophisticated, in control.
Mr Obama’s problem now is that people think he is smart.
They think, as they look at his health-care vows, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 4 December 2013 at 12:44 pm

Choice and Chance in the 2015 Election, Eagle Eye

Choice and Chance in the 2015 Election

Brilliant column by Daniel Finkelstein, or Lord Finkelstein as we shall have to get used to calling him, in today’s Times (pay wall). About a book called The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election, by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck.
It recounts an experiment in election forecasting, which is relevant to some of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 27 November 2013 at 6:58 pm

Cameron’s personal speech, Eagle Eye

Cameron’s personal speech

David Cameron made an important speech today on making the internet safer for children, normally a non-political subject.
I previewed the speech for The Independent on Sunday, making the point that taking on Google is a good way of deflecting Ed Miliband’s charge that Cameron is overly influenced by big money in the symbolic form of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 22 July 2013 at 8:41 pm

What to do about Syria?, Eagle Eye

What to do about Syria?

Syria is such a hard case that not even Tony Blair advocates sending in troops. The debate is between trying to arm the democratic opposition to Assad and not trying to. (Although Blair, as usual at the leading edge, does advocate no-fly zones, which would be enforced by Nato aircraft.)
In The Independent on Sunday I [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 17 June 2013 at 5:14 pm

Leadership, New York Times style, Eagle Eye

Leadership, New York Times style

It has slowly dawned on Americans that their system of government has a blocking minority in the Senate, in that a three-fifths majority is needed to overcome a filibuster (talking until time runs out and a bill falls). This has produced a lot of displacement commentary, in the form of criticisms of Barack Obama for [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 3 May 2013 at 10:44 pm

Must watch: Chris Rock’s message to voters, Notebook

Must watch: Chris Rock’s message to voters

Decision day has finally arrived for Americans, and Chris Rock has a controversial take on the country’s first ever black president.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 at 11:20 am

Recovering from Hurricane Sandy, Notebook

Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

The recovery from Hurricane Sandy has slowly started to begin across America as residents and business owners come to terms with the devastation caused since October 29.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 1 November 2012 at 4:43 pm

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