Harold Meyerson

07/31/2014 - 8:04pm

    Would the dysfunction of U.S. politics be dispelled if we got rid of partisan primaries? That's the contention of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Schumer argued that the primary system in most states, in which voters choose nominees for their respective parties who then run head to head in November, gives too much weight to...

04/27/2014 - 11:47pm

    Twenty years ago, half of America's dozen largest cities had Republican mayors. Today, just one does. Of the 30 largest U.S. cities, 26 have Democratic mayors - the greatest partisan imbalance perhaps since the presidency of James Monroe, when the nation had only one political party.

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04/13/2014 - 8:27pm

    It is, deservedly, Lyndon Johnson's moment. This week, three former presidents and the current one all journeyed to Johnson's presidential library in Austin, Texas to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act into law.

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04/07/2014 - 2:12am

    Michael Lewis' "Flash Boys," his takedown of high-speed stock trading, may be making headlines this week, but it's just one of two books on our economic dysfunctions that are flying off the shelves. While "Flash Boys" explains how the fastest-growing form of trading enriches the few...

04/03/2014 - 12:39am

    As a general rule, more Americans work than do the citizens of other advanced economies. Since the late 1970s, when the number of women in the workforce ballooned, the share of Americans who either had jobs or were trying to get one was greater than the share of comparable Europeans. For reasons good and bad -...

03/13/2014 - 12:19am

    In light of Russia's military movement into Crimea, it's a good thing that the United States repudiated the Monroe Doctrine. In 1823, to deter European powers from military or political intervention in the emerging nations of Latin America, President James Monroe announced a policy implying that that...

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