Chris Hayes, Editor-at-Large of The Nation, hosts “All In with Chris Hayes” at 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday on MSNBC.
Previously, Hayes hosted the weekend program “Up w/ Chris Hayes,” which premiered in 2011. Prior to joining MSNBC as an anchor, Chris had previously served as a frequent substitute host for “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Chris became a MSNBC contributor in 2010 and has been with The Nation since 2007.
He is a former Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. From 2008-2010, he was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. From 2005 to 2006, Chris was a Schumann Center Writing Fellow at In These Times.
Since 2002, Hayes has written on a wide variety of political and social issues, from union organizing and economic democracy, to the intersection of politics and technology. His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Nation, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, the Guardian, and The Chicago Reader.
His first book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, which is about the crisis of authority in American life, was published in June 2012. Chris grew up in the Bronx, graduated from Brown University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
Darcy Burner opened this afternoon's conference call on the Responsible Plan to End the Iraq War by quoting an unlikely ally: General Petraeus, who declared last year that "There is no military solution to a problem like that in Iraq."
When it comes to ending the war, it's not surprising so much attention has focused on military presence and troop timetables. With the current administration, it's tough to see how else to demand accountability except through concrete deadlines.
But while candidates like Chellie Pingree face attacks for the Plan's failure to endorse a withdrawal date, as Matt Stoller argues, even if Congress successfully imposed a timeline, the war would continue via the use of more mercenary soldiers and covert operations. A fixation on such deadlines detracts from an examination of the diplomatic, political and economic reasons why we entered Iraq in the first place--and, to no small extent, why we're still stuck there. On the other hand, as the Plan argues, engaging international institutions to rebuild Iraq's economy, working with Iraq's neighbors and tackling contacting reform--those efforts might be more substantive.
One of the most infuriating aspects of the war forever caucus (of which John McCain is the most vocal, visible member) is the imperviousness of their arguments to facts, and/or their ability to take any new fact pattern and retro-fit into an argument for more war. The arguments are grounded in a worldview about the gloriousness and or necessity of imperial conquest, but always masked in the vocabulary of the current tactical situation.
Take this gem discovered by Sam Stein at the Huffington Post. Turns out in McCain's foreign policy speech the other day he basically lifted a paragraph verbatim from a column he wrote in October 2001 in support of the war on terror. The point is that the posture towards war is always the same, no matter the somewhat significant changes in the actual state of the world in the intervening years.
Yesterday, when President Bush made a visit to ColorCraft, Va. to tout the benefits of the economic stimulus package for small-business owners, he should've stuck around longer to talk to the workers--who were forced this week out of rising gas prices to switch to a three-day workweek in an attempt to save fuel.
Back in January, the watchword was "targeted and timely--to get money back into the economy." This week, a new CNN poll finds that fully 73% of Americans will use the rebate to pay off debt, or will save the money. Only 21% of those polled intend to actually make new purchases. At this rate, if the White House ever bends on their unwillingness to support extension of unemployment insurance or low-income heating subsidies, it'll be well into spring, and the rebate checks will be arriving. By then, they won't be a stimulus, but a lifeline.
The NYT weighs in today on the freeze of the FEC, which is currently being held in a state of partisan abeyance (making the will-he-won't-he, did-he-didn't-he arguments about both Obama and McCain's public campaign financing commitments pretty much moot).
Also worth checking out is this piece last month from Ryan Grim, which details how partisanship deadlock has managed to freeze the nation's broader regulatory system in its tracks.
To name just a few regulatory boards currently incapacitated other than the FEC: the Council of Economic Advisers (home now to just one member), the National Labor Relations Board (only two out of five members serving), the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (likewise), and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (one short of a quorum).
From the Philadelphia Inquirer: Tomato producer quits, blames Congress.
"No one will harvest tomatoes in 90 degree weather except immigrant labor," says Keith Eckel, the largest producer of Pennsylvania's fresh-market tomatoes.
Reminds me of hearing Sen. Feinstein last month talk about her experience with the issue in my home state of California. Years ago, her office contacted every single welfare office in the state to try and increase the number of U.S. citizens working in agriculture. None of the offices, she recalls, were able to recruit even one worker to head out to the fields.