Sam Rosenfeld

Sam Rosenfeld is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Harvard University and a former web editor at the Prospect.

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THE NEW...

THE NEW SITE: AWESOME. Ok, posted on the homepage is a letter by Ann and me previewing the new website, which will go live on Monday. We, the tiny (yet plucky and intrepid!) staff of TAP Online have been working on this for what seems like forever many, many months, and I certainly hope readers like what they see next week. Check out the article for some of the basic info. -- what the thinking was behind the new design, what the new features will be, etc. The most important thing to know is that there will be a registration/log-in prompt when you first try to read an article or post a comment on the site. This is important: Registration is free, you only have to do it one time, and there are no strings attached. So, come Monday, just do it, and then enjoy the awesomeness. The letter will be up on the homepage all next week; when it's up there, use the comment thread to the piece as a forum for offering us feedback -- positive or otherwise. It's been several years since The American...

CHRIS MATTHEWS, TAKE A BOW.

CHRIS MATTHEWS, TAKE A BOW. He just asked, for every Republican candidate for president to answer one by one, "Would it be a good thing to have Bill Clinton back living in the White House?" He elaborated, "would it be good for America?" It's why he gets paid the big bucks! --Sam Rosenfeld

FOR THOSE NOT WATCHING THE GOP DEBATE ...

FOR THOSE NOT WATCHING THE GOP DEBATE ... I'd like to note for the record that this observation from John Podhoretz is definitely not one that I share. (J-Pod continues to have odd notions about "wonk.") Podhoretz is, to be sure, correct that John McCain has appeared highly confused throughout the night, but I don't think that has much to do with the substantiveness of his answers. Meanwhile, Ryan Lizza has already highlighted the Giuliani answer that every other campaign will be flagging. I have a runner-up for most bogus Reagan reference: In the very first answer of the night, Giuliani invoked him in saying that you never, ever back down in the face of terrorism . Overall, on grounds of both sheer style and substantive effectiveness, I'd say that silky-smooth Mitt Romney and avuncular Mike Huckabee seem to be wiping the floor with the rest of these guys. No-chancer Ron Paul , meanwhile, has been nicely articulating the non-interventionist American Conservative brand of foreign...

HOWARD FINEMAN SEZ.

HOWARD FINEMAN SEZ. Fred Thompson is going to be jumping into the presidential race, though not until July. So says Fineman on the MSNBC debate pre-show. --Sam Rosenfeld

KUTTNER V. KRISTOL....

KUTTNER V. KRISTOL. Before you watch the fiasco of the GOP presidential lineup debate each other, check out Robert Kuttner and Bill Kristol debate the collapse of conservatism at the Campaign for America's Future's conference on the subject today. See more on the conference here . (And yes, comments are still broken. Did I mention there's going to be an awesome new site next week?) --Sam Rosenfeld

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