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Tumblr fans, in case you’ve missed it, TNR’s latest issue is here!

In this issue, Alec MacGillis explains how Paul Ryan convinced Washington of his genius, Timothy Noah describes how Mitt Romney would squash the recovery, Molly Redden confronts the perils of running against Todd Akin, T.A. Frank rides out the recession at Disneyland, Ken Silverstein buckrakes around the world with Tony Blair, and Nathan Heller reflects on the cranky wisdom of Peter Kaplan.

PLUS, David Denby laments the profit motive in American movies, David Thomson wonders why American movies don’t aspire to greatness, Mark Lilla recounts how a religious revolution secularized society, and Ruth Franklin tackles Zadie Smith’s identity crisis. Also, don’t miss Robert Alter on the King James Bible, and Leon Wieseltier on U.S. foreign policy.

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Tumblr fans, TNR’s convention double issue is here!

In this special issue, Leon Wieseltier examines Paul Ryan’s nasty ideal of self-reliance, Noam Scheiber outlines Joe Biden’s presidential ambitions for 2016, Marc Tracy reveals how BuzzFeed is remaking campaign coverage, and Walter Kirn explains why this is the most compelling election in years.

In addition, Jed Perl pays a visit to the Barnes Foundation, Noreen Malone examines the political philosophy of Anna Wintour, and Seth Stevenson explores the effects of campaign ads on the mind. Also, don’t miss Timothy Snyder on military trials, Mark Noll on American evangelicals, Judge Richard A. Posner on the incoherence of Antonin Scalia, and Paul Starr on politics in the orbit of money.

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Good afternoon. The digital edition of our July 12th issue is now available online.

Read Walter Kirn’s TNR debut on why he wishes the Obamas would stop inviting him to dinner, Jake Tapper on “The Newsroom,” Aaron Sorkin’s empty critique of cable news, Jack Goldsmith on why SCOTUS leaks less than the CIA, Eliza Gray on Mormons networking in DC, and John McWhorter on speech in the age of Twitter

Check out our exclusive London 2012 coverage, including: Howard Jacobson on London’s comical mayor Boris Johnson, Aleksander Hemon on the pleasures of hating English football, Linda Colley on Britain’s constitutional crisis, Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the Scottish threat to Britain, and Robert Skidelsky on the domestic exile of John Maynard Keynes.  

Also, don’t miss Timothy Noah’s TRB column on Mitt Romney’s minimum wage position, Sean Wilentz on Lyndon Johnson’s feuds, Leon Wieseltier on Amazon’s scheming, and much more.

Good afternoon. The digital edition of our June 28th issue is now available online.

Read Deirdre McCloskey’s cover story on the creepy new economics of pleasure, John McWhorter on Mitt Romney’s verbal stylings, Geoffrey Wheatcroft on Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee, Drew Gilpin Faust on Paul Fussell’s legacy, Paul Berman on Chen Guangcheng’s great escape, and Jeffrey Rosen on liberals’ discovery of a theory to crush conservative jurisprudence.

Also, don’t miss Timothy Noah’s TRB column on Mayor Bloomberg’s war on soda, Isaac Chotiner on Jonah Lehrer’s “Creativity,” Peter Green on Homer, Leon Wieseltier on foreign policy sophistry, and much more.

"Attacks on President Obama’s "crony capitalism" are a major theme of Mitt Romney’s campaign. And the stimulus typically figures prominently in these attacks. As Romney and his allies tell is, the Recovery Act was full of shady, wasteful giveaways to the administration’s friends and benefactors. 

This argument is probably effective. Most Americans have no problem believing government programs are a boondoggle. The argument is also untrue—as in, the very opposite of true. Federal auditors watching over the Recovery Act have documented just $7.2 million in fraud, or about .001 percent of the $800 billion the federal government has distributed through the program. That’s astonishingly low. And that’s not because the auditors haven’t been looking.”

- Jonathan Cohn, Crony Capitalism, Minus the Cronies

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"Michelle [Obama] should run to be Bloomberg’s successor. New York Democrats have been casting about for a candidate to run for City Hall when Bloomberg leaves office in 2013. Who better than the First Lady? She already has experience in city government, having worked in Chicago in the early 1990s as an Assistant to the Mayor and an Assistant Commissioner of Housing and Development. Politically, the transition would promise to be smooth: Michelle obviously shares the Mayor’s passion for public health issues; and Bloomberg has generally seen eye-to-eye with the Obama White House when it comes to education policy. And one could fairly expect that a Mayor Obama would be an improvement when it comes to matters of poverty and affordable housing. (Plus, more community gardens!)"

- Cameron Abadi, Michelle Obama For Mayor

Photo courtesy of Times Square Gossip

What do you do when half of your country’s youth is unemployed?

Like so many others throughout Spain, Mario’s voice has that brittle, dry quality of an old confidence that’s begun to splinter. He tells me that he’s “not particularly hopeful” about what’s in store. To his left sits Raquel—another Toledo native, the same age as Mario, and a self-professed optimist. She cuts in: “I have two degrees, but I may as well not have studied anything at all.” When I ask her about her next move, she says that she’s thinking of leaving the country. She mentions a secondary school in Italy where she could teach humanities. Flushing slightly, she quickly adds that job prospects there are only marginally better than in Spain.”

Jonathan Blitzer, Spain’s Lost Generation: What Do You Do When Half of Your Country’s Youth is Unemployed?”

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