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Note to Self on the New Republic

When people ask me who in TNR is worth reading, I say "Ackerman, Chait, Cottle, Judis, Lizza, Scheiber, and one or two more." And I add that there are many, many who appear in its pages who definitely don't belong: people likes Mankiw, Robert Samuelson, Sullivan, Peretz, Siegel, Easterbrook, Himmelfarb, Zengerle, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Plus bonuses like the glorious Michael B. Oren, arguing last summer: To prevent a regional conflagration, Israel should attack Syria.

TNR needed Spencer Ackerman very badly. It's much weaker without him.