David Rohde

Parsing Romney’s and Obama’s middle-class pablum

By David Rohde
September 7, 2012

Throughout the last two weeks of political conventions, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and a vast array of surrogates accused their opponents of gutting the American middle class.

Make immigration a campaign issue

By David Rohde
September 4, 2012

John Weston, Eric Buckland and Mike Bloomberg don’t have much in common.

Weston is a farmer struggling to keep in business the 1,000-acre farm his family has operated in Western Maine for seven generations.

Trying to have it both ways in Syria

By David Rohde
August 23, 2012

Amid the daily reports of clashes and killings in Syria, a subtler message is emerging: America is increasingly irrelevant.

Beyond the gaffes, Romney misleads and veers right

By David Rohde
August 3, 2012

In presidential races, the gaffes get the headlines, but the prepared texts and advisers are more telling. Mitt Romney’s widely reported blunders in his three six-day trip to Britain, Israel and Poland dominated press coverage, but the candidate’s prepared comments and the aides who advised him were far more disappointing.

Banks, crumbling ethics and a shrinking middle class

By David Rohde
July 13, 2012

Maybe the acronym at the heart of the scandal is too confusing. Or Americans are simply tired of hearing about greedy bankers. By any measure, though, the Libor bank scandal is an extraordinary example of the 1 percent stealing from the 99 percent – and our crumbling ethics.

End the assault on female and local journalists

By David Rohde
June 29, 2012

On Sunday, gangs of men sexually assaulted British freelance journalist Natasha Smith in Tahrir Square as crowds celebrated the results of Egypt’s presidential election.

Obama, Romney and leading from the front in Syria

By David Rohde
June 14, 2012

Next week in the Mexican resort town of Los Cabos, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Mitt Romney and his aides say that after 15 months of dithering on Syria, it is time for Obama to confront Putin on an increasingly brutal conflict that has left 10,000 dead.

Angus King and the rise of the independent

By David Rohde
June 7, 2012

PORTLAND, MAINE – Angus King is trying to turn back time in this state. I hope he can do the same across the country.

Little America: An Afghan town, an American dream and the folly of for-profit war

By David Rohde
June 1, 2012

American officials inspect a field in Helmand, 1960s

Eight years ago, a 72-year-old American aid worker named Charles Grader told me a seemingly fantastical story. In a bleak stretch of Afghan desert that resembled the surface of Mars, several dozen families from states like Montana, Wisconsin and California had lived in suburban tract homes with backyard barbecues. For 30 years during the Cold War, the settlement served as the headquarters of a massive American project designed to wean Afghans from Soviet influence.

How Zippos, dredges and vitamins can save the American middle class

By David Rohde
May 25, 2012

Last week, 41 American companies received awards at a little noticed White House ceremony. Despite the recession, the companies – most of them small and medium-size businesses – have experienced rapid growth and handsome profits in recent years. And they’ve beaten Chinese, Indian and European competitors at their own game.