Paul Waldman

Paul Waldman is the Prospect's daily blogger and senior writer. He also blogs for the Plum Line at the Washington Post, and is the author of Being Right is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success.

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Is Sarah Palin Being Gaslighted?

I think I figured it out: Democrats, the lamestream media, and a shadowy group possibly involving the Trilateral Commission have gotten together to gaslight Sarah Palin . That's right, they're trying to drive her insane. The latest plot twist in the never-ending soap opera that is Palin's life is that investigative journalist Joe McGinniss , author of "Fatal Vision" and "The Selling of the President," among other books, has rented a house next door to the Palin manse while he writes a book about her. Palin put up an outraged post on her Facebook page, saying, among other things, "Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper ’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?" Which as David Weigel points out , implies that McGinniss is not an award-winning investigative journalist writing a book but some kind of creep who just wants to leer at Palin's daughters in their bathing suits. Look over that Facebook page , and you see one entry after another...

The Deep Thoughts of Newt Gingrich.

Over at 538, Tom Schaller has an interesting interview with Newt Gingrich about both politics and policy. As you may know, Gingrich is currently promoting his latest book, titled To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine , and Tom gets him on record making some very positive noises about running for president in 2012. Schaller starts by asking Gingrich to explain what he means by "secular-socialist machine," and his answer includes this passage, about the socialism of Barack Obama 's administration: They designed Obamacare so there’s a backdoor road to socialized medicine because it creates an incentive for companies to drop their employees. There’s evidence that hundreds of companies may drop millions of employees from their health insurance and have them go buy individual insurance. So there’s a lot of different practices that would lead us to believe this is socialist operation. So the Affordable Care Act is "socialist," because Gingrich thinks that companies will...

Old-Line Media Adapt to Kutcher-Based Medium

The design firm Information Architects has created a very nice infographic showing the 140 (get it?) most influential Twitter users. Here's a little piece of it (via Fast Company ): What's interesting about this is that among some emphatically new, hip, trendy, up-to-the-minute folks, you've got some rather mainstream names as well. There's CNN, the third most influential tweeter in the Twitterverse. The New York Times comes in at No. 12. Sure, Pete Cashmore (the CEO of Mashable) is No. 5, but Oprah 's No. 10 -- and NASA is the Tweetingest government agency, at 33. Yes, Lady Gaga is No. 2, but who is the most influential tweeter of all? Barack Obama . Plus ca change. -- Paul Waldman

The Robot Army Comes.

Popular Science shows us the latest from Boston Dynamics, a company that, with your tax dollars, is developing robots to do things like carry soldiers' gear for them. This R&D is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), creator of that which is wicked cool and that which is nearly terrifying. The interesting thing about these bots is that instead of using wheels or tracks, they walk, in a way so similar to carbon-based lifeforms as to be almost creepy. Check it out: My favorite part -- other than the wistful musical score -- is when they tout the ability to allow for "safe human interaction with possibly dangerous robots." Yeah, that'd be good. This little puppy is called Little Dog; you can see its cousin Big Dog, who does cool stuff like run up hills and right itself without falling down after slipping on ice, here . Right now, soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have to lug around a huge amount of equipment, sometimes weighing over 100 pounds. But the...

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" On the Way Out?

Pretty big news on the military's ban on gay service members: WASHINGTON — President Obam a , the Pentagon and leading lawmakers reached agreement Monday on legislative language and a time frame for repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, clearing the way for Congress to take up the measure as soon as this week. It was not clear whether the deal had secured the votes necessary to pass the House and Senate, but the agreement removed the Pentagon’s objections to having Congress vote quickly on repealing the contentious 17-year-old policy, which bars gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the armed services. House Democratic leaders were meeting Monday night and considering taking up the measure as soon as Thursday. But even if the measure passes, the policy cannot not change until after Dec. 1, when the Pentagon completes a review of its readiness to deal with the changes. Mr. Obama, his defense secretary and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff would also be...