MOST RECENT ARTICLES BY:

Ross Barkan

  1. the city politic
    New York Times Sticks It to Progressives in New York’s Democratic PrimaryThe editorial board’s backing of Dan Goldman, Jerry Nadler, and Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress also shows a disdain for identity politics.
  2. early and often
    The Heir to Bernie?The career of America’s leading socialist has to end at some point, and he might have a worthy successor in Vermont’s own Becca Balint.
  3. early and often
    The GOP Is the Party of Insulin-GougingIn their quest for zero-sum victories — and Democratic defeats — Republicans are incapable of tackling popular issues that would benefit them.
  4. the city politic
    Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney Really Hate Each OtherThe liberal lions of Manhattan fight off extinction.
  5. foreign interests
    Nancy Pelosi Is Creating a Global Military Crisis for No Reason at AllShe’s going to Taiwan as a semi-rogue actor. At best, her trip will accomplish nothing. At worst …
  6. early and often
    Democrats Are Undermining Their January 6 Message by Boosting Fringe RepublicansVoters may doubt the project is serious when they learn Democrats want election-denying Trumpists appearing on ballots in November.
  7. the city politic
    Why Jessica Ramos Went After AOCThe spat reveals fault lines among seemingly like-minded progressive lawmakers.
  8. early and often
    Pete Buttigieg Could Make Air Travel Less Hellish. Will He Do It?Airlines are hitting travelers with price hikes, mass cancellations, and onerous policies. It’s time for the Transportation secretary to crack down.
  9. early and often
    Democrats’ Problems Go Beyond Joe ManchinThe West Virginia senator is more a consequence than the cause of the party’s failures.
  10. the city politic
    New York Can and Should Kill the Broker FeeNew York could defeat the real-estate lobby and join the rest of America.
  11. early and often
    Bernie Sanders Probably Won’t Run Again. Who Replaces Him?For all the speculation about Joe Biden’s future, there is no obvious socialist successor waiting to run in 2024, but there needs to be.
  12. early and often
    Liberals Have the Chance to Reshape a Conservative High Court (Not That One)New York’s most powerful judge is stepping down, and Democrats can rectify Cuomo-era mistakes.
  13. early and often
    Democrats Have a Biden ProblemJoe Biden might be the only Democrat who can give Donald Trump a second term.
  14. democracy
    Boris Johnson’s Downfall Should Make Americans JealousA parliamentary system such as the U.K.’s would be far more resistant to toxic figures like Trump and toxic ideas like rescinding abortion rights.
  15. sticker shock
    Why Don’t Democrats Care About the Housing Emergency?Once the domain of big cities, the surging cost of rent across the country is driving record inflation.
  16. the city politic
    What Happened to the Left in New York on Tuesday?Up and down the ballot, progressives couldn’t break through. The energy of the Trump years is gone, and it’s not clear what may replace it.
  17. early and often
    Does Lee Zeldin Stand a Chance Against Kathy Hochul?It’s shaping up to be a good year for Republicans nationally, but that may only go so far in New York.
  18. israel
    Is the BDS Movement Too Alienating to Make Real Change?Pro-Palestinian activists have more sway than ever. But social shaming and ad hoc boycotts only go so far.
  19. early and often
    The Future of American Socialism Is LocalDSA is a little quieter today than in the Trump years, but it’s racking up successes outside of New York thanks to a focus on housing reform.
  20. early and often
    The Backlash Has Begun in CaliforniaSan Francisco recalls its progressive DA and Los Angeles powers an ex-Republican into contention for mayor.
  21. feuds
    You Can Ignore Elon MuskThe world’s richest man lives rent free in too many people’s heads.
  22. early and often
    Chesa Boudin and the Limits of San Francisco LiberalismIf Chesa Boudin is recalled, it will be because his city has never been its left-wing caricature.
  23. early and often
    The 3 Democrats Who Could Save the PartyGretchen Whitmer, John Fetterman, and Tim Ryan could win in the Midwest, which is key to the Senate and a post-Biden White House.
  24. the city politic
    Kill the Commute for GoodTrekking into Manhattan five days a week never made sense for most white-collar workers.
  25. foreign interests
    The War in Ukraine Can Be Over If the U.S. Wants ItThe U.S. needs to broker a peace with Russia before the consequences become still more dire, even if that means letting Putin have Donbas.
  26. gun violence
    Why We Keep Letting This HappenA non-exhaustive list includes the filibuster, radical red states, the archconservative Supreme Court, and a toxic national tradition.
  27. early and often
    President Mike Pence Would Be Worse Than TrumpThe former vice-president is attempting to bolster his chances in 2024, but Democrats would be wise to beware any attempt to rehabilitate his image.
  28. the city politic
    Maybe Bill de Blasio Deserves a ComebackThe former mayor stooping to run for Congress is absurd, but a little less so when considering his record.
  29. the bottom line
    Nationalize Baby FormulaAnd other ideas to end the corporate stranglehold over mothers and children.
  30. early and often
    Trump’s Hold on the GOP Won’t Loosen Even If His Candidates FailHis cult of personality can withstand a few botched endorsements.
  31. the city politic
    Eric Adams Can’t Afford to Lose the New York PostWith crime surging, his brief honeymoon with the still-powerful tabloid appears to be over.
  32. encounter
    Pete Buttigieg Is Living His Best LifeHow billions of dollars in infrastructure funds turned the Transportation secretary into a D.C. power broker.
  33. politics
    A Gas-Tax Holiday Isn’t Great Policy. Democrats Should Do It Anyway.Right now, trying to avoid a midterm disaster takes precedence over everything else.
  34. politics
    The HoneymoonersUnlike their predecessors, Kathy Hochul and Eric Adams get along. Can it last?
  35. politics
    A Socialist Dream Deferred in BuffaloIndia Walton looked for a few months like the wave of the future. Then the city’s Democratic machine struck back.
  36. the intelligencer profile
    What Happened to Matt Taibbi?The former darling of the liberal media is now one of its loudest critics. He says he hasn’t changed.
  37. the city politic
    Will Buffalo Elect a Socialist Mayor?It depends on the success of the incumbent’s extremely unusual write-in campaign.
  38. politics
    The Left Gets the Last LaughWithout Cuomo to frustrate them, New York’s progressives will be liberated.
  39. politics
    Andrew Cuomo Didn’t Act AloneHis inner circle enabled him. They should go down with their leader.
  40. the city politic
    How the Dianne Morales Campaign FloppedThe making and unmaking of Instagram’s favorite mayoral candidate.
  41. politics
    New York City’s Era of Liberal Peace Is OverThe left might have Eric Adams surrounded, but he has proven to be a cunning opponent.
  42. new york city
    Could Andrew Yang and His Gang Make It in New York’s Mayoral Race?He has teased a potential run, but the road from long-shot presidential candidate to city hall will be hard without more support from progressives.
  43. What Happens to New York’s Municipal ID Card Under the Trump Administration?The program, which is designed to help undocumented immigrants, might delete all its data.
  44. early and often
    Scott Stringer Is Positioning Himself to Run Against Mayor de BlasioThere’s a growing body of evidence the comptroller might launch a primary challenge.