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Ben Adler

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Ben Adler

Ben Adler

Ben Adler reports on Republican and conservative politics and media for The Nation as a Contributing Writer. He previously covered national politics and policy as national editor of Newsweek.com at Newsweek, a staff writer at Politico, a reporter-researcher at The New Republic,and editor of CampusProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.

Ben also writes regularly about architecture, urban issues and domestic social policy.  Ben was the first urban leaders fellow, and later the first federal policy correspondent, at Next American City. He has been an online columnist, blogger and regular contributor for The American Prospect. He currently writes regularly for The Economist's Democracy in America blog, and MSNBC.com's Lean Forward. 

His writing has also appeared in Architect, Architectural Record,The Atlantic,Columbia Journalism ReviewThe Daily Beast, DemocracyGood, GristThe GuardianIn These TimesNew YorkThe ProgressiveReutersSalon, The Washington Examiner and The Washington Monthly and has been reprinted in several books.

Ben grew up in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Wesleyan University. You can follow him on Twitter.

Articles

News and Features

Right-wingers turn to talk radio to stoke their anger. What will they make of the kinder, softer voice of staunch conservatism?

The titans of finance have lined up behind Mitt Romney against his GOP rivals and President Obama. But what exactly would a Romney presidency offer them?

The Complete Streets movement is helping city residents reimagine their roads.

Mass transit fares are going up and services are being cut. Meanwhile, federal stimulus money favors new projects over maintaining existing systems.

The greenest way to lift the country out of a deepening recession is to put people to work building mass transit.

I could hardly believe it when I heard Jane Jacobs was still alive and
that she had written a new book, Dark Age Ahead, at the age of 88.

One of the nation's most important environmental organizations is in the fight of its life.

Blogs

National Review claims Republicans were the party of civil rights while blogs and talk radio fan fears of black-on-white hate crimes. 
Education reform is back in fashion, but the Tea Party won’t be pleased.
Conservative Super PACs are outraising and outspending the liberal ones. And they are spreading lies. 
A new study shows that Fox viewers are even worse informed than those who consume no news at all.
Mitt says he will lead on debt reduction, but he avoids saying how. 
Conservatives mocked “The Life of Julia,” but it is more advanced than Romney's Website. Does that matter?
Republicans and conservatives are making contradictory arguments in response to President Obama’s announcement that he supports...
Mitt blames Obama for rising tuitions, but ignores the role of federal student aid in reducing its burden on families.