Around the town
President Obama has dropped the hammer on 16 Democratic senators who have joined a bold Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, and Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, in co-sponsoring new legislation that will increase sanctions against Iran should they fail to follow through on their pledges to halt uranium enrichment. The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 has also attracted 43 Republican co-sponsors bringing the total to 59. If they get to 67, they will have a veto-proof majority, something the White House is doing everything to prevent.
In a culture where paying sources is generally frowned upon, NBC News is getting some serious flack for reportedly practicing “checkbook journalism” twice in one week. Most recently, the news organization has paid for exclusive rights to interview a group of skydivers who survived a plane crash. Last week, it was disclosed that NBC was negotiating a maybe-more-than-$100,000 deal with the family of kidnapping survivor Hannah Anderson for documentary rights. (The Washington Post)
There’s something to be said for embracing stereotypes. At least as far as political pundit, intellectual and Open Zion editor Peter Beinart is concerned.
Sure, Mr. Beinart and his wife Diana might have found the perfect co-op in the Village or a trendy loft in Tribeca. If they wanted to follow the herd, or at least scions of The New York Times, they would have snapped up a place in Brooklyn.
But the Beinarts—who just purchased a classic six complete with great light and river views at 755 West End Avenue—are apparently in love with the Upper West Side.
It was only a matter of time before the people who go to Disneyland/World would want to live there. Our housing industry, nothing if not accommodative to customer tastes, has obliged. Springing up on what had been pastureland a few years ago are early-20th-century downtowns—replicas of the past, but without the dirt crime and grit Read More
New Republic editor Peter Beinart is not going to be the next editor of The Atlantic, he told the Observer two weeks ago. But he may not be editor of The New Republic much longer, either. Persistent Beltway rumor has Beinart stepping down from his post, to be replaced by TNR senior editor Franklin Foer. Read More
Apologies for linking this Washington Post piece (a version of which also ran in New York) a few days late, but it’s worth reading.
Peter Beinart agrees with our longstanding gripe that despite the attraction of the “Hillary Moves Right” storyline, it happens to be false.
The narrative has gained strength from the Read More
We venture into the realm of people with actual power in Washington today with a profile of Jeff Ballabon, a little-known, extremely well-connected Jewish Republican who is among the leaders of the movement of Orthodox Jews into the Republican Party.
Peter Beinart’s definitive piece on that trend is here, but Ballabon’s a Read More
Peter Beinart and Diana Hartstein
Met: Aug. 6, 2001
Engaged: Feb. 14, 2003
Projected Wedding Date: Oct. 25, 2003
Neo-liberal love! Peter Beinart, the swarthy 32-year-old who’s been the editor of The New Republic since 1999, is marrying Diana Hartstein, also 32, an attorney with the tax and litigation firm Caplin and Drysdale Read More
Here we go again: The New Republic ‘s railing on the Democratic Party. This time, they’ve got a publicist calling up reporters, touting a hot new redesign and bragging that the magazine is getting “daring” and “more conservative.”
This happens from time to time. The New Republic has a long tradition of within-the-party tree shaking, Read More
Just call him the Butcher Boy. On Nov. 1, just weeks after becoming the editor of The New Republic , Peter Beinart, 28, fired someone: senior editor Jacob Heilbrunn.
Mr. Heilbrunn is older than Mr. Beinart–he’s 34–and was known as the “liberal hawk” of the New Republic staff, according to one of his friends. (This Read More