Latest from Alec MacGillis

Book review: ‘Losing Our Way,’ an portrait of America, by Bob Herbert

Bob Herbert explores the country and discovers many shades of national aimlessness and entropy.
  • Oct 31, 2014

Washington’s favorite f-word

Frankly, it’s becoming meaningless.
  • Sep 5, 2014

No offense, but all politics is passive-aggressive

Washington’s not-so-bold strategy.
  • Feb 22, 2013

From Solyndra to birth control, everything’s political. And that’s okay.

Important issues are often political — as they should be.
  • Feb 24, 2012

‘American Nations’ by Colin Woodard, a study of our ‘rival regional cultures’

In “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America,” Colin Woodard explores the roots of what divides Americans.
  • Nov 18, 2011

Occupy what else? Six new culprits for economic inequality in America.

So, what should be occupied next? ¶ No doubt, the Occupy Wall Street protesters were right to target the financial industry first. Soaring Wall Street pay has been a key force behind America’s inco...
  • Nov 3, 2011

Postal Service proposal to break contracts is blasted by unions

Unions reacted furiously Friday to a proposal by the Postal Service to lay off 120,000 workers by breaking labor contracts and to shift workers out of the federal employee health and retirement plans.
  • Aug 12, 2011

Rick Perry’s entry sets up a clarifying contrast

The Texas governor, who is expected to announce his presidential bid on Saturday, could provide the clearest contrast with President Obama.
  • Aug 12, 2011

Angry liberals seek silver lining in debt-limit deal

Dispirited liberals fumed Monday over the deal to raise the debt ceiling that cuts deeply across the government but includes no new tax revenue.
  • Aug 1, 2011

Obama’s ‘70 million checks’ per month: Actually, it’s even more than that.

The number President Obama used falls short of the real reach of the federal government.
  • Jul 26, 2011