Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at The New Republic.
Television talk shows tend to reinforce the misperceptions of our political debate. But a segment on CNN this Sunday was the rare exception, because it showcased what Republicans really think about the economy — and what might happen if their preferred policies prevail.
It's hard to imagine, at a time when we're mostly thinking about the beach and the next cycle of empty-headed summer TV fare like Jersey Shore. But the powers that be in Hollywood are selecting what will be hailed as the best examples of television excellence right now – voting on final nominees for the Emmy awards.
Ballots featuring potential nominees were posted online for Emmy academy voters last week; votes are due Friday. Which means most TV critics are making noise right now about who they'd like to see recognized.
With President Obama expected to announce on Wednesday some details about how fast and how soon the 30,000-or-so "surge" troops will be removed from Afghanistan, here are some of the things being reported about his plan: