Thanks

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Greetings readers. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been a bit slower posting — and I just wanted to express my deep thanks to all of you to allow me the space to make some shifts in the way my professional life is organized. I’m really looking forward to joining the Atlantic Media team and have had to shape some other relationships in positive directions because of this next phase.
I’ve also been thinking through a number of big questions — President Obama’s next steps in foreign policy, what is working and what isn’t, how does the White House intermediate for the American public the uncertainties of the so-called Arab Spring? These are all things I’ve been thinking about — and don’t want to trivialize the seriousness of these questions with posts I haven’t thought through.
So, I’m back — and will have a lot up from this point forward. You’ll be seeing some changes as we integrated the site into The Atlantic — but I think it will be great.
More soon — and THANK YOU,
Steve Clemons

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10 comments on “Thanks

  1. Kathleen Grasso Andersen says:

    Another aspect of Obama’s foreign policy that doesn’t work for me, is his double standard on protesters rights in Arab countries, but not a peep when it come to peaceful protest in Palestine/Israel….
    http://mondoweiss.net/2011/06/bassem-tamimi-to-judge-land-theft-and-tree-burning-are-not-just-your-military-laws-are-not-legitimate-our-peaceful-protest-is-just.html#more-44212
    Bassem Tamimi to judge:

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  2. only for verification says:

    A recent James Fallows (Atlantic) interview
    “A discussion about American politics, China, Japan and India and the balance of power in the Asian region.”
    http://www.abc.net.au/rn/latenightlive/stories/2011/3238712.htm

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  3. Kathleen Grasso Andersen says:

    Meanwhile…back at the Weiner Roast….Larry Flynt and Hustler to the rescue…he’s once again offering $1 million to anyone who can document kinky dealings with anyone in Congress….where there’s smoke, there’s toast…Jon Stewart’s take on Weiner is priceless….

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  4. Kathleen Grasso Andersen says:

    Tell us more about the Atlantic Media Team… On Obama and foreign relations, his opposition to the proposed UN Resolution calling for Statehood for Palestine isn’t going to work, thank goodness.
    Could Obama Veto Palestine’s Application to the United Nations
    By Francis A. Boyle
    June 08 2011 “Information Clearing House” — On November 15, 1988 the Palestine National Council (P.N.C.) meeting in Algiers proclaimed the Palestinian Declaration of Independence that created the independent state of Palestine. Today the State of Palestine is bilaterally recognized de jure by about 130 states. Palestine has de facto diplomatic recognition from most states of Europe. It was only massive political pressure applied by the U.S. government that prevented European states from according de jure diplomatic recognition to Palestine.
    Palestine is a member state of the League of Arab States and of the Organization of Islamic Conference (O.I.C). When the International Court of Justice in The Hague

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  5. Ben Rosengart says:

    Congratulations, Steve — I hope the new gig agrees with you.
    I hope that when you move the blog, your tech elves find a way
    to not break the RSS feed. I depend on it.

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  6. Kathleen says:

    Congrats Steve. Hopefully you can shake the place up with your intellect and facts.
    Hey I noticed at the Netroots Nation speakers list that you will be there. Great. Not able to attend this year. But had been after their crew a few years ago to open their doors to focusing on the I/P conflict. They avoid the issue as much as the MSM. (talked with Cenk Uygar in Pittsburgh at NN about this) He basically agreed.
    The only openings I even see for this issue is at the Arab Spring panel. Hope someone is willing to go there. While I celebrate and support the Netroots nation incredible efforts on domestic affairs. On international affairs I think they are weak and chicken shits on the I/P conflict.
    Hope you will go there at the NN
    What you will not be hearing reported about on the MSM this evening. Going to be all about Weinergate again and again.
    http://mondoweiss.net/2011/06/photo-essay-ten-months-of-demolitions-in-al-araqib.html/comment-page-1#comment-326890

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  7. annie, oakley and buddy says:

    Hey Dad! Will you still be able to post pictures of us in your new digs?
    Oh, and speaking of pictures of us, its been a while….. :)

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  8. questions says:

    As always…thanks for all of this! What a fabulous addition to my life, and a wonderful resource!
    And just for fun,
    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/121b216c-914a-11e0-b1ea-00144feab49a.html#ixzz1OfdiPgMK
    (gated, sorry, h/t nakedcapitalism)
    Luke Johnson runs a “private equity firm” and bashes, totally and massively bashes, all economists for not being in the real world of REAL BUSINESS where artisans and makers of things make and sell things. He smacks down Krugman AND Greenspan, notes that most economists work for the state (which I guess from the point of view of a hedge fund manager is an unnecessary evil in the universe).
    Luke Johnson, hedge fund manager, cannot believe no one saw the housing bubble, and does not believe that economics can offer anything.
    Hedge fund manager? These people, as a group, don’t have a distorted view of how business works? Ummm, near as I can tell, it was the practice of unregulated hedge funds that, in the end, did us in. They employed quants from MIT to bundle securities in ways that were supposed to do away with risk. They bought and sold these falsely AAA-rated securities without inspecting the underlying homes and mortgages. They seemed to assume that housing could go up forever even though incomes in the US have been stagnant since the 70s. And they were pretty thoroughly corrupt on top of it all. Oh, THAT’S what it is to be a businessman??? Economists miss out on the corruption thing, and that’s what’s wrong with the profession? Too honest?
    So let me get this straight, what we need is more hedge fund managers?
    Geeze.
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    Salon Warroom has up a look at Weiner’s first run for Congress — some ugly leafleting he engaged in. Pretty sad.
    And there’s a nice look at American exceptionalism over there.
    *****
    Econ blogs taken with the admin “pivot” towards the deficit. My take is that it’s political, not naivete. The Republican beast would eat any jobs program for dinner and spit out the bones of national dem hopes for another generation.
    What’s really going on is that the Repub position is bad economics but good rhetoric. And that’s a problem in our political system. A structural problem.
    We like to help neighbors, fer sure. We’re exceptional Americans, the most generous people in the history of Creation, an’ all. We just don’t like to help undeserving neighbors. And when you get down to it, “we” don’t live near the undeserving because we have really good realtors who have helped steer us towards the right neighborhoods!
    When the dems can paint a Republican legislative priority, like the privatization of Medicare, SoSec, and Medicaid, as a disaster for the deserving, well then, that works just fine. Because we exceptional Americans, the most generous people in the 6000 year history of Creation certainly do like our own private good to be taken care of by the public governmental purse. We just don’t like it when the undeserving benefit…..
    The unemployed are, definitionally, it would seem, undeserving. Except for me. “Me” is never undeserving.
    And so what would the economists have us do when this kind of thinking is in our national fantasy of good and evil?
    How do you structure a jobs program for the most undeserving of us — those who chose the wrong industries, the wrong time to be born, the wrong mortgage, those who “played by the rules” and got screwed by the, ahem, hedge fund managers?
    If the economic team can think up a way to define a jobs program that doesn’t benefit the undeserving, then it’ll work out fine. I’m not coming up with anything thus far.
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    In the world of Arab Spring, Yemen is pretty interesting for now. Tunisia is delaying elections. The bombardment of Qaddafi’s compound is is interesting…..
    The US hope is that most of these people will eventually go down, with as little US footprint as possible. Of course, Libya is not a small footprint…. I’m sure the US would like to see all the authoritarian regimes fall, but if there’s nothing there to replace the regime, or if another autocracy with greater hostility to the US is the only option, then the status quo will get our support.
    Country by country, we are, I’d think, looking to see who on the ground could do anything, to see how likely the regime is to stay. And with every country’s walk through the Spring movement, we learn a little more about regime stability and the responses the other regimes have towards the changes.
    The Saudis have been increasing oil production.

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