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History 101 In September: TPM’s Favorite Non-Fiction Reads

It’s truly a trip to turn on the TV over the last few weeks and see all the back-to-school commercials inundating the airwaves as if this is a fall like any other. Corona-who? Growing up, I was one of those kids who thoroughly enjoyed going to Staples with my mom for back-to-school shopping, picking out new, colorful notebooks with just the right margins, and seizing my favorite pack of animal print and celebrity icon folders. (Young Jackie was particularly partial to N*Sync and Britany Spear...
Tags: Europe, Hollywood, News, Indonesia, Washington Post, Washington, Germany, Berlin, Southeast Asia, Chicago, Usps, Middle East, State Department, Britney Spears, Postal Service, Seattle


Join Us Tomorrow

Tomorrow, September 3, from 5 – 7 p.m. ET TPM is hosting a virtual Zoom event focused on the unique challenges of holding an election during the crisis that is 2020. TPM staff will be joined by Hannah Fried, All Voting is Local’s national campaign director and the former national director and deputy general counsel for voter protection on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and Tammy Patrick, senior adviser at the Democracy Fund and an expert on vote by mail, to discuss efforts to take adva...
Tags: News, Hillary Clinton, Joe Ragazzo, Tammy Patrick, Editors' Blog, Hannah Fried All Voting is Local


TPM’s Next (Virtual) Event

On September 3 from 5 – 7 p.m. ET, TPM is hosting a virtual Zoom event focused on the unique challenges of holding an election during the crisis that is 2020. TPM staff will be joined by Vanita Gupta, former acting assistant attorney general and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, current president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Tammy Patrick, Senior Adviser at the Democracy Fund and an expert on vote by mail, to discuss efforts to...
Tags: News, Miscellany, Joe Ragazzo, Vanita Gupta, Tammy Patrick, U S Department of Justice 's Civil Rights Division


I’d Like To Wake Up Now, Please? TPM’s Dystopian Reading Recs

We are all slowly but surely coming around to our new reality. During a recent conversation with my dad, we discussed the year thus far and how no matter how hard you try, we seem only capable of talking about the coronavirus, as if there weren’t once enjoyable things that existed — like books. I was in the process of packing to return to my apartment in New York after quarantining with my family in New Jersey for several months and we spoke about how unprepared I was when I first came home i...
Tags: New York, News, China, Thailand, New Jersey, Manhattan, Silicon Valley, Bangkok, Cafe, Mccarthy, Cormac Mccarthy, Josh Marshall, David Kurtz, Tierney Sneed, Joe Ragazzo, Bradbury


Ongoing Site Issues

Since about 5am Eastern time this morning, you may have noticed a number of technical issues when visiting the site, including: seeing ads despite being logged into a TPM member account slow page load times failed page loads difficulty signing into your account Our tech team is aware of these issues and is working to fix the underlying cause. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and support. [Author: Joe Ragazzo]
Tags: News, Joe Ragazzo, Editors' Blog


A.G. Sulzberger’s No Good, Very Bad Explanation For Tom Cotton’s Belligerent Op-Ed

Yesterday, amidst global protests about police brutality, the venerable New York Times published an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) titled “Tom Cotton: Send In the Troops.” “The nation must restore order,” the sub-headline read. “The military stands ready.” This piece was met with visceral anger. The union representing New York Times staff, the NewsGuild , issued a statement that Cotton’s message “undermines the journalistic integrity of our members, puts Black staff members in danger, p...
Tags: News, Cotton, First, New York Times, Kkk, Times, Black, Joe Ragazzo, Floyd, Tom Cotton, Sen Tom Cotton R AR, Jay Rosen, Stephen Miller, Sulzberger, G Sulzberger, Editors' Blog


Which Was Better: The Movie Or The Book? A Debate For The Ages. Here’s TPM’s June Reading Recs

I’ve come to the conclusion that the outside is overrated. There, I said it. I know it’s June and I know summer is just getting started, but why spend your days sweating it out in the humid, hazy outdoors when you can be inside with the A/C pumping? I’m a homebody, so maybe that’s what’s underlying my opinion here. Like I said, it’s June, and despite my love of cool, filtered air, I do hate that we’re still in the same place as we were last month. Silver lining: we do have a new book list for...
Tags: Hbo, England, New York, News, California, Stephen King, Disney, America, Los Angeles, Tom Hanks, Dame Maggie Smith, New York Times, Italy, Moscow, Jane Austen, Harry Potter


Dear Media Workers: Don’t Listen To Your Boss. Unionize Your Workplace.

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis.   I hear a lot of media executives talk about why you shouldn’t unionize. But there are no good reasons to not unionize. I say this as a manager who sat across from the TPM Union and technically negotiated “against” them. I want to talk about some of the arguments I hear against unions and why they are nonsense. The shenanigans are out of control, and workers deserve to know the truth. 1. Joining a union reduces your ...
Tags: News, New York City, Smith, Cafe, Joe, Adam Smith, Joe Ragazzo, TPM Union


May Day And The Other Government

International Workers’ Day, or May Day, comes on the heels of one of the worst periods for workers in quite some time. In the last six weeks, more than 30 million Americans filed for unemployment. At the same time, the S&P 500 gained more than 12 percent and recorded its best month since 1987. For more than 100 years, May Day has seen celebrations of workers and workers’ rights, and has commonly been a day on which demonstrations and protests occur. Today, workers at Amazon, Whole Foods, Inst...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Texas, News, Virginia, America, South Dakota, Iowa, Netherlands, Mitch McConnell, Denmark, Associated Press, Lincoln, Citibank, Smith, Exxon


Want An Escape? Same. Here’s TPM’s May Reading Recommendation List

Is it May already? Does time mean anything anymore? Yes, it’s disappointing that we’re all still stuck inside our homes with summer right around the corner. We know this is made especially difficult if you’re a parent with children who are trying to finish off the school year online. With that in mind, TPM is sharing some recommendations of children’s books that might help your little ones — or you — pass the time. No, this will not just be a page listing the Harry Potter books in order of best ...
Tags: News, Germany, Time, America, Munich, Harry Potter, Harry, Brian, Venice, Sam, Lois Lowry, Cafe, Jonas, Judy Blume, Peter, Josh Marshall


How We’re Doing and How To Support TPM

This is a follow up on my April 3rd post about how TPM, as is holding up amidst the COVID-19 economic crisis. Before I get to that, here’s an update on what I shared with you back on the 3rd. I told you that we were setting up a system to allow readers to support our work above and beyond the cost of your Prime or Prime AF membership. Well, here it is. Click here and we welcome your support at whatever level you think appropriate and whatever level you are able. We truly appreciate it. We prom...
Tags: News, Joe, Josh Marshall, Joe Ragazzo, Editors' Blog


Killing Journalism in Cleveland

My routine as a kid was pretty simple. I’d wake up, grab the Cleveland Plain Dealer (or The News-Herald , published in the neighboring county) sports section, read every single story and then try as best I could to memorize every box score, statistic and name for every sport. I loved (and love) sports. I also loved the Plain Dealer, but sadly the Plain Dealer is being murdered. Advance Publications, owned by the Newhouse family, has been killing the paper for years and it appears to hav...
Tags: News, Cleveland, Joe Ragazzo, Newhouse, Advance Publications, News Herald, Kendall Roy, Cleveland Scene, News Guild, Editors' Blog, Cleveland Anything, Cleveland Cuyahoga County Summit County, Advance Ohio, Sam Allard, Newhouses of Advance Publications


A Note on TPM’s Finances and Business During the COVID Crisis

We’ve been hearing from many of you asking about TPM’s finances amidst this crisis and what’s happening with us as a company. Each time another publication shutters or announces layoffs, which has happened almost daily for the last two weeks, we hear it more. So here’s an update on our status. I will try to answer the question holistically because there are a lot of moving parts. The short version is we could be doing a lot worse. In fact, we are cautiously optimistic about our situation. I ...
Tags: New York, News, Washington Dc, Josh Marshall, Joe Ragazzo, Editors' Blog


New CBO Projections Are Bleak

The congressional budget office (CBO) put out a report today on the impacts of coronavirus to the economy and it is bleak. Perhaps the most jarring nugget is they think the country could have a 9% unemployment rate at the end of 2021. Here are the lowlights: The CBO expects GDP to contract 7% in the second quarter — this equates to an annualized decline of 28%. The unemployment rate will exceed 10% in second quarter. The 10-year Treasury rate will remain below 1%. The CBO n...
Tags: News, Economy, Treasury, Joe Ragazzo, CBO, Congressional Budget Office, Editors' Blog, Coronavirus, COVID-19


The Looming Cash Crisis Facing Small Businesses

I wrote last week about how the economic relief package known as the CARE Act is severely lacking . One particularly troubling aspect is that the Small Business Administration is tasked with overseeing a $350 billion dollar fund designed to provide cash for small businesses so they can avoid laying people off. This is problematic because it’s something like 10 times the volume of emergency loans they usually deal with on an annual basis.  The devil is in the details, but the gist of that f...
Tags: News, Politico, Treasury, Mitch McConnell, Josh, Joe Ragazzo, U S Treasury, Small Business Administration, SBA, Editors' Blog


We’re Starting To See The Impact Of Supply Chain Disruptions

For a variety of reasons, I pay close attention to the manufacturing sector. I think it’s partly because I grew up in Cleveland and still have a lot of friends who work in shops and factories — many who are already out of work. Although we’ve more or less transitioned to a services-based economy, making stuff is still a core aspect of the American identity. We all know the service sector is taking a massive blow. We can see the stores closed, we can’t go to our favorite bar. But the manufacturin...
Tags: News, China, Cleveland, Joe Ragazzo, Institute of Supply Management, Editors' Blog, Timothy R Fiore


We’re About To Get A Ton Of New Economic Data

In times of crisis, the kind of economic data that is ordinarily only of interest to economists and finance pros draws more attention from the rest of us as we look for signs of what is going on, and what is to come. Last week’s jobless claims number, the highest in United States history, was a sobering look at what is in store economically. This week we’ll get another round of jobless claims numbers, along with looks at manufacturing and service jobs that will help us understand the veloc...
Tags: News, Economy, United States, Manufacturing, Joe Ragazzo, Bloomberg News, Editors' Blog, COVID-19


Today Was Just a Preview

This morning the Labor Department announced 3.28 million people filed for unemployment, the largest one-week number in United States history. This is a shocking number. It beat analyst estimates by nearly one million claims. It’s four times the previous record.  Yet, the worst is certainly ahead of us. The Economic Policy institute estimated that as many as 14 million people may file for unemployment by this summer. In an interview with Bloomberg News on Sunday, Federal Reser...
Tags: News, Senate, United States, House, Starbucks, Wall Street Journal, Irs, Joe Ragazzo, Economic Policy Institute, Labor Department, Bullard, James Bullard, Small Business Association, Steve Mnuchin, Editors' Blog, Bloomberg News on Sunday Federal Reserve


Billionaires Are An Existential Threat to Democracy

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis.  Dismay over inequality comes in a variety of flavors. For many, it’s simply about fairness — nobody “deserves” a billion dollars, that level of wealth is nothing more than a byproduct of an unfair economic system. But extreme inequality is not just about fairness. It’s about the sustainability of democracy. Concentrated wealth is concentrated power. We are seeing this on display with former New York City mayor Michael...
Tags: News, New York City, America, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Gop, Nevada, Msnbc, Michael Bloomberg, Cafe, Sanders, Joe Ragazzo, Chuck Todd, Sen Bernie Sanders, Sen Elizabeth Warren D MA, Pete Buttigieg


There’s No Resurgence In American Manufacturing. It’s A Myth.

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. In a towering act of sycophantry, the National Association of Manufacturers announced Friday that it will be giving Ivanka Trump the organization’s first ever Alexander Hamilton Award for “extraordinary support of manufacturing in America.” The organization made the outrageous claim that “no one”  — no one! — has ever “provided singular leadership and shown an unwavering commitment to modern manufacturing in America” l...
Tags: News, Obama, Senate, White House, America, United States, House, Cafe, Trump, Donald, Joe Ragazzo, Alexander Hamilton, AFL CIO, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, National Association of Manufacturers


Why Media Executives Keep Failing

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis.  I forget the exact date, but sometime during my time as a student at Ohio University, I stumbled across this 2008 blog post listing gross profit margins of Gannett-owned newspapers and lost my mind. It was 2011 and most of my journalism-major peers were filled with dread over job prospects. Newspapers were shedding staff at a rapid clip and nobody was quite sure what to make of newer digital media outlets like Politic...
Tags: Facebook, Craigslist, News, Washington Post, Elizabeth Warren, America, Newspapers, New York Times, Gannett, Cafe, Huffington Post, Pew Research Center, Fortress, University Of North Carolina, Joe Ragazzo, San Jose Mercury News


A Big Thank You

Before we get to the news this morning I want to thank everyone who made our TPM event in New York last night possible. First I want to thank our special guests Aditi Juneja, Waleed Shahid, Leah Greenberg and Lara Putnam. My only regret is that we didn’t videotape Aditi’s presentation and our panel on the Next Democratic Party so we could share it with members around the country who couldn’t attend in person. I felt more like an attendee than a moderator and host since I was so interested in wha...
Tags: New York, News, Josh Marshall, Democratic Party, Joe Ragazzo, Aditi, Christine Frapech, Editors' Blog, Aditi Juneja Waleed Shahid Leah Greenberg, Lara Putnam


Introducing NEO, TPM’s New Frontpage Publishing Software

Longtime readers have witnessed the gradual evolution of TPM — from Josh Marshall’s blog to national politics site —  and are accustomed to hearing from Josh when significant changes are made. And while Josh has written a post giving some initial guidance on the new design, we thought readers might enjoy some insight on the project from the perspective of TPM’s product team. At 6:23 PM on Tuesday night, approximately an hour before we’d planned to launch the new frontpage, a colleague sent me...
Tags: Facebook, News, Russia, Neo, Josh Marshall, Josh, David Kurtz, Joe Ragazzo, Michael Cohen, Manhattan Federal Court, Paul Manafort, Jacob Harris, Christine Frapech, Jackie Wilhelm, Manfort, Derick Dirmaier


How To Improve Your Home Security From Your Smartphone, For Under $50

Robbers, prowlers, cat burglars — call ‘em what you want, but none of them are welcome in your home. Household cameras with live feeds are the latest wave of security technology, but if a hacker taps into your footage and uses it for nefarious purposes, all of the camera’s benefits fly out the window. The ultra-secure is a great option for people who value home safety but don’t want to spend a fortune. iPM’s high-definition camera sends a completely encrypted crystal-clear live feed of whateve...
Tags: News, Joe Ragazzo, Sourced


Former Reagan Advisor hosting Q&A in the Hive, Thurs. @ 1:30 pm

Bruce Bartlett has spent many years in government, including service on the staffs of Representatives Ron Paul and Jack Kemp and Senator Roger Jepsen. He has been executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House, and deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department during the George H.W. Bush administration. A New York Times best-selling author, he’s published more than 2,100 articles in major national public...
Tags: News, White House, Reagan, New York Times, Ron Paul, Joe Ragazzo, Bruce, George H W Bush, Treasury Department, Jack Kemp, Bruce Bartlett, Roger Jepsen, Joint Economic Committee of Congress


Professor of Health Policy & Management hosting a Q&A in the Hive Thurs. @ 2pm

Gerald Kominski is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. His research focuses on evaluating the costs and financing of public insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Workers’ Compensation. Gerald received his Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in 1985, and his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1978. Gerald will be hosting a Q&A in the Hive to discuss health care, CBO s...
Tags: News, University Of Chicago, Joe Ragazzo, CBO, Gerald, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, Gerald Kominski, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research His, Medicare Medicaid Workers


Center for American Progress Immigration Expert Hosting a Q&A in the Hive Wed. @ 11 am

Philip E. Wolgin is the managing director of Immigration Policy at American Progress. He directs American Progress’ research and publications on immigration and has helped lead the team’s work on a diverse set of issues, such as immigration reform, child refugees at the United States’ southern border, border security, executive action, rebuttals to nativist claims about immigrants, and E-Verify. Philip will be in The Hive to discuss immigration, DACA, and Trump’s new regulations after his travel...
Tags: News, United States, Trump, Philip, Joe Ragazzo, DACA, Philip E Wolgin


EDF Climate Scientist hosting Q&A in the Hive, Fri. @ 1:00 pm

Scott Weaver leads the climate science team at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The team conducts, assesses, and communicates climate science research to support the scientific foundation for cross-programmatic activities and policy development. Scott will be joining us in The Hive to discuss the scientific aspects of the climate change debate and the importance of federal budgets for science research. Post your questions and come join the chat on Friday! If you’d like to participate but do...
Tags: Post, News, Joe Ragazzo, Scott, Scott Weaver, Environmental Defense Fund EDF


ACLU Director of Voting Rights Project Hosting A Q&A In The Hive, Wed. @ 1:00pm

Dale Ho is the Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project and supervises the ACLU’s voting rights litigation and advocacy work nationwide. Dale has active cases in over a dozen states throughout the country. He is a frequent commentator on voting rights issues, and is widely published on redistricting and voting rights in law reviews. Dale will be joining us in The Hive on Wednesday, August 9th at 1 PM EST to discuss voting rights and Republican-led efforts to chip away at them via voter ID la...
Tags: News, Aclu, Joe Ragazzo, Dale, Dale Ho