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

IRAN: IRAQ DEJA VU?

IRAN: IRAQ DEJA VU? I've got to agree with The Nation�s Ari Berman on Bush's speech to the United Nations today. Following on the heels of retired General Sam Gardiner's statements on CNN last night that we are already dispatching forces to Iran, the administration's continued hardline approach toward Iran does seem to suggest they may already have designs -- beyond mere contingency plans -- for military strikes.

A STARTLING ADMISSION.

A STARTLING ADMISSION. From President Bush's address to the United Nations: "Freedom by its nature cannot be imposed. It must be chosen." That he thinks so is news to me, although I couldn't agree more.

--Ben Adler

FRUSTRATING SUPPORT FOR MCCAIN UPDATE.

FRUSTRATING SUPPORT FOR MCCAIN UPDATE. I'm afraid we may have to make �Liberals for McCain� a regular Tapped feature, a la Ezra's Gorewatch. Jonathan Chait and Jacob Weisberg pioneered this trend, then Nicco Mele of EchoDitto joined the chorus, and today so did Richard Cohen in The Washington Post. Their rationales vary -- in fact, they conflict.

A PIECE THAT NEEDED TO BE WRITTEN.

A PIECE THAT NEEDED TO BE WRITTEN. Many, including this blog, have criticized Rich Lowry and Bill Kristol for their recent proposal to continue and expand the American military presence in Iraq. Some raised the question of whether there are actually troops available to fulfill that mission.

LES ETUDIANTS.

LES ETUDIANTS. Over at Open University, David Bell makes an argument about Harvard's decision to drop early admissions:

Two cheers for Harvard for getting rid of early admissions.... Yet if Harvard really wants to do something to make admissions fairer, it should consider doing away with the most inane and manipulable part of the present process: the application essay.

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