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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

The GOP is trying to keep its focus on the economy, but the social conservatives want to be heard. 
The RNC keynote address falsely claimed that the GOP is leveling with the American people about how to balance the budget. 
The opening night of the RNC tried to woo women with condescension instead of substance. And the women delegates don't know how to handle...
GOP policies are as opposed to civil rights as always, but the party’s convention will be filled with speakers meant to soften its...
The Tea Party movement came to Tampa, but not to celebrate the Republican nominee. Instead, their rhetoric remains almost entirely negative.
Some religious-right figures are rallying around Todd Akin in the wake of his controversial comments on rape. And one of them, Mike...
A new Romney campaign ad would have you believe healthcare reform was bad for the disabled. Actually, it is Romney’s policies that...
For years, he's justified his austerity budgets with premonitions of a spike in inflation and interest rates. Problem is it hasn't happened.