Real Time Reading List

By Allison MacDonald, Writers Assistant

Each week here on the Real Time Blog, we’ll share a few articles that caught our eye, sparked our interest, or ignited debate in the writers room. We invite you to check them out yourself and let us know what you think in the comments section below.


This week, the GOP candidates, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are facing sharp criticism from within their party for even questioning the integrity of capitalism. This week’s guest, David Frum discusses how these attacks against Romney could actually help the middle class.

As if his comment, “I like to fire people” wasn’t enough, on the Today Show this week, Romney said that anyone who questions the policies and practices of Wall Street or the distribution of wealth in this country is merely “envious.” Slate’s Matt Yglesias begs to differ:

 “A very large share of the gains we've made over the past three decades have gone to a relatively small number of people. If the gains had been broadly shared, then the burden of paying for that basic infrastructure and public services would have to be very broadly shared. But the gains have been very concentrated…That's not envy, that's math.”

“America Isn’t A Corporation”

Paul Krugman’s piece in today’s The New York Times explains why America doesn’t need a successful businessman as president.

U.S. Marines in Afghanistan

A group of U.S. Marines are under fire this week for a video that has surfaced of them urinating on a group of Afghan corpses. NPR’s Corey Flintoff explains how viral images have become the military’s recurring nightmare. What effect do you think this will have on the reputation of the U.S. military? Will this undermine our efforts abroad? Is this a signal we should bring our troops home?