Frank Rich

Frank Rich is a staff writer for New York Magazine.  He is the author of many books, including The Great Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011
The Class War Has Begun
During the death throes of Herbert Hoover’s presidency in June 1932, desperate bands of men traveled to Washington and set up camp within view of the Capitol. The first contingent journeyed all the way from Portland, Oregon, but others soon converged from all over—alone, in groups, with families—until their main Hooverville on the Anacostia River’s fetid mudflats swelled to a population as high as 20,000. The men, World War I veterans who could not find jobs, became known as the Bonus Army—for the modest government bonus they were owed for their service.
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Monday, July 04, 2011
Obama's Original Sin
A fter 9/11, Rudy Giuliani went on Saturday Night Live to give New Yorkers permission to laugh again. But Mayor Bloomberg never did tell us when we could resume conspicuous consumption after the crash of 2008.
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Sunday, January 16, 2011
No One Listened to Gabrielle Giffords
OF the many truths in President Obama's powerful Tucson speech , none was more indisputable than his statement that no one can know what is in a killer's mind. So why have we spent so much time debating exactly that?
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Sunday, December 05, 2010
All the President's Captors
THOSE desperate to decipher the baffling Obama presidency could do worse than consult an article titled " Understanding Stockholm Syndrome " in the online archive of The F.B.I. Law Enforcement Bulletin. It explains that hostage takers are most successful at winning a victim's loyalty if they temper their brutality with a bogus show of kindness.
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Sunday, November 07, 2010
Barack Obama, Phone Home
AFTER his "shellacking," President Obama had to do something. But who had the bright idea of scheduling his visit to India for right after this election? The Democrats' failure to create jobs was at the heart of the shellacking. Nothing says "outsourcing" to the American public more succinctly than India.
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Sunday, October 24, 2010
What Happened to Change We Can Believe In?
PRESIDENT Obama, the Rodney Dangerfield of 2010, gets no respect for averting another Great Depression, for saving 3.3 million jobs with stimulus spending , or for salvaging GM and Chrysler from the junkyard. And none of these good deeds, no matter how substantial, will go unpunished if the projected Democratic bloodbath materializes on Election Day.
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Sunday, July 18, 2010
The Good News About Mel Gibson
FOR Fourth of July weekend fireworks, even Macy's couldn't top the spittle-spangled eruptions of Mel Gibson.
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Sunday, April 18, 2010
Welcome to Confederate History Month
t's kind of like that legendary stunt on the prime-time soap "Dallas," where we learned that nothing bad had really happened because the previous season's episodes were all a dream. We now know that the wave of anger that crashed on the Capitol as the health care bill passed last month - the death threats and epithets hurled at members of Congress - was also a mirage.
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Sunday, April 11, 2010
No One Is to Blame for Anything
"I was right 70 percent of the time, but I was wrong 30 percent of the time," said Alan Greenspan as he testified last week on Capitol Hill . Greenspan - a k a the Oracle during his 18-year-plus tenure as Fed chairman - could not have more vividly illustrated how and why geniuses of his stature were out to lunch while Wall Street imploded. No doubt he applied his full brain power to that 70-30 calculation. But the big picture eludes him.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010
The New Rove-Cheney Assault on Reality
The opening salvo, fired on Fox News during Thanksgiving week, aroused little notice: Dana Perino, the former White House press secretary, declared that "we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term." Rudy Giuliani upped the ante on ABC's "Good Morning America" in January.
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