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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

Conservatives are complaining that sometimes President Obama reads intelligence briefings instead of getting them in person. How did George...
Whenever the Romneys get off script, they forget to pretend that they haven’t always been rich.
Romney says he would guarantee insurance coverage to people with prior conditions. He wouldn’t. 
Conservative complaints about the Democratic platform are just petty politics of religious symbolism.
The RNC’s efforts to create a positive, inspiring case for conservatism made no sense, and now the GOP is back to negativity....
 The RNC's efforts to create a positive, inspiring case for conservatism made no sense, and now they're back to negativity. 
 On Thursday, anti–abortion rights women spoke outside the convention and Romney patronized women in his acceptance speech. 
The Florida senator frames conservatism as uplifting to immigrants and the poor. It’s clever, but lacking in substance.