Author Archive

James Fallows


The 3 Weeks That Changed Everything

Imagine if the National Transportation Safety Board investigated America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.


Is This the Worst Year in Modern American History?

Comparing 2020 to 1968 offers some disquieting lessons for the present.


Viewpoint: This Is How It Looks When You’re Not Afraid

Anthony Fauci is the rare senior government official who seems more devoted to truth than to Trump.

Pay & Benefits

Analysis: Trump Is Grinding the System to a Halt

Thousands of TSA employees continue to work without pay. It’s unfair—and it’s dangerous.


Can Marine One Fly in the Rain?

The White House’s explanation of President Trump’s absence from a ceremony in France raises more questions than it answers.


A Cryptic Addition to the Long-Standing Mystery Surrounding the Murder of a Federal Prosecutor

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein flew to Seattle for a press conference at which he announced little, but may have said a great deal.


Obama Creates Three New National Monuments in California

Often it seems that modern presidents can’t do anything — except wage war. Here’s a heartening exception.


Why Would an F-16 and a Cessna Be in the Same Part of the Sky?

A collision in South Carolina is a reminder that there’s only so much airspace to go around.


How Air-Traffic Controllers Sound When They Have to Close the Airport

Since most things about the modern airline experience are so unpleasant for most of the traveling public most of the time, it's worth noticing how smoothly these professionals do their work.


The Overseas Diplomatic Life is Not All Sips of Tea

"The students, I don’t know how many there were, several thousand, surrounded the cars and began to pelt them with eggs and rocks and to jump up on top of the cars and stamp on the roofs." When Warren Christopher had to deliver bad news in Taiwan.


Annals of the Security State, Presidential-Vacations Edition

Protecting modern presidents is a legitimate and crucial goal. Here is some of what it ends up meaning in practice.