Christopher Beam

Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.

Politics
Dec. 10 2010 5:50 PMDon't Hate the Player—or the GameSure, Harry Reid's push to legalize online poker is a favor to the casinos that helped get him re-elected. But it's also good policy.
Politics
Dec. 7 2010 3:54 PMDeficit Attention DisorderObama struck a bipartisan deal on tax cuts. Can he do the same on deficit reduction? 
Explainer
Dec. 3 2010 7:26 PMOrange AlertWhen did prisoners start dressing in orange?
Politics
Dec. 1 2010 4:27 PMDispatchesThe WikiLeaks cables as literature.
Politics
Nov. 22 2010 6:32 PMNice PostureAre Republicans serious about refusing to raise the debt ceiling?
Explainer
Nov. 19 2010 6:20 PMEastern ReligionIs Catholicism in China different from elsewhere?
Politics
Nov. 15 2010 6:30 PMLend Me Your EarmarksLet's stop pretending earmarks have anything to do with deficit reduction.
Moneybox
Nov. 11 2010 6:32 PMDo It YourselfIf the bipartisan deficit commission doesn't work, how about a partisan one?
Explainer
Nov. 5 2010 6:57 PMDog RaceIs dogcatcher actually an elective office?
Politics
Nov. 3 2010 6:23 PMThe Permanent Temporary MajorityHave we entered an era of seesaw politics?
Politics
Nov. 2 2010 11:18 PMBlue LiningsThe Democratic spin machine goes into overdrive.
Politics
Oct. 30 2010 7:31 PMSane Clown PosseJon Stewart tells America's youth it's OK to care.
Explainer
Oct. 29 2010 12:13 PMPolitical FashionIs there a dress code for voters on Election Day?
Politics
Oct. 25 2010 6:39 PMGO-Tea-VTea Partiers are good at getting angry. But are they good at getting out the vote?
Explainer
Oct. 21 2010 6:41 PMCan NPR Fire Its Commentators Whenever It Wants?How news organizations get rid of people.
Explainer
Dec. 9 2010 6:48 PMThe Spy Who Said She Loved MeAre “honey traps” real?
Politics
Dec. 6 2010 7:32 PMHere's the DealHow much will Obama's tax compromise actually help the economy? 
Obama's Facebook Feed
Dec. 3 2010 2:37 PMBarack Obama's Facebook FeedWikiLeaks, DADT, and the guy who elbowed Obama in the lip.
Politics
Nov. 29 2010 6:07 PMUnfair ShareIs the latest WikiLeaks disclosure the result of too much "information sharing"?
Obama's Facebook Feed
Nov. 19 2010 6:33 PMBarack Obama's Facebook FeedThe Palins, Charlie Rangel, and Mitch McConnell's deficit-reduction plan. 
Politics
Nov. 17 2010 6:34 PMBest-Laid PlansA new bipartisan deficit commission offers yet another plan to reduce the debt. What makes this one different?
Explainer
Nov. 12 2010 5:59 PMWhat's a Forensic Musicologist?Someone who can tell whether Michael Jackson is really the one singing in his new song.
Moneybox
Nov. 9 2010 6:48 PMGold RushWhat would happen if we returned to the gold standard?
Obama's Facebook Feed
Nov. 5 2010 6:15 PMBarack Obama's Facebook FeedJon Stewart, the midterm elections, and Steny Hoyer's Halloween costume.
Politics
Nov. 3 2010 5:32 AMParty of the RightFreedomWorks shows the GOP how to throw a victory celebration.
Politics
Nov. 1 2010 7:02 PMPrecriminationsWhom will Democrats blame for their midterm defeats?
Politics
Oct. 29 2010 10:58 PMThis Is a TestWhy did Barack Obama decide to campaign for Tom Perriello?
Politics
Oct. 26 2010 7:13 PMFake the VoteWhy would anyone commit voter fraud?
Obama's Facebook Feed
Oct. 22 2010 6:26 PMBarack Obama's Facebook FeedJuan Williams, Sharron Angle, and the real reason Ginni Thomas called Anita Hill.
Police State
Oct. 21 2010 7:12 AMSticks and StonesWhat not to do when an IED goes off.

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