Ben Adler

Ben Adler writes on national politics and domestic policy. Ben has been a staff writer for Politico and an editor at Newsweek and the Center for American Progress. His writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Columbia Journalism Review, Salon, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, The Guardian and Next American City among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Recent Articles

CONGESTION PRICING COMES TO D.C.:

CONGESTION PRICING COMES TO D.C.: After New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg released a forward-thinking proposal to counter global warming that included congestion pricing for Manhattan below 86th Street, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty raised the possibility of doing the same for Washington, but has not actually endorsed it. Marc Fisher, in his washingtonpost.com blog, argues vociferously in favor:

HONESTY IN ADMISSIONS:

HONESTY IN ADMISSIONS: Though I admire Alan Wolfe, I have to disagree with his most recent post on Open University. Wolfe argues that Marilee Jones, the admissions director at MIT who was recently exposed for having lied on her resume about having attained a college degree when she first applied for a job there, should not have had to resign. Wolfe argues, "We are as a country too much given to the absurd idea of zero tolerance." While I'm sympathetic to Wolfe's sentiment that a simple apology for youthful mistakes ought to often suffice in public life, I think the nature of Jones' lie, and her job, make her actions inexcusable.

WHAT EDWARDS SHOULD HAVE SAID:

WHAT EDWARDS SHOULD HAVE SAID: I agree with Ezra that Edwards could have responded more aggressively to Giuliani's comments. But rather than personalizing it as Ezra suggests ("we're not going to take counsel on health care and poverty from someone who hasn't even seen fit to include them on his issues page?") I'd make a larger critique. If you go after Giuliani for not having policy specifics it's certainly stronger than some pabulum about "not dividing the country." But the campaign just started. When Giuliani does come out with specifics that critique is going to lose all its reasonance.

NY ROCKS PART DEUX:

NY ROCKS PART DEUX: Apropos of my other recent New York pride post, Gov. Eliot Spitzer is proposing a major liberalization of New York's outdated abortion laws. The New York Times reports:

A FOOLISH CONSISTENCY:

A FOOLISH CONSISTENCY: Philip Klein of the American Spectator criticizes my post on the New York City aluminum bat ban thusly:

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