The American Prospect

A monthly political journal of liberal though. Contains articles that generate debate, further ideas, and set agendas; and provides a forum for working through the controversies and hard choices facing all Americans. Includes regular topics and features.

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 6, June

Accidental Tourists: The Road to Guantanamo, an Unflinching Dramatization of the Case of Britain's Tipton Three, Depicts Degradation Just for Degradation's Sake
HAD THEY BEEN BORN AND RAISED on this side of the Atlantic, they might have turned up as characters in a Bruce Springsteen ballad. They are the sort Springsteen tends to memorialize: Their roots are in a faded manufacturing neighborhood; their brushes...
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Blood Not-So-Simple: Should Unconsenting Civilians Be Used in Tests for a Blood Substitute?
A "NO-CONSENT" MEDICAL STUDY of an experimental blood substitute is creating an uproar among researchers and bioethicists. Controversy over the study, which is under way at 31 hospitals across the nation, is pulling back the curtain on similar studies...
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Burnt Offering: How a 2003 Secret Overture from Tehran Might Have Led to a Deal on Iran's Nuclear Capacity-If the Bush Administration Hadn't Rebuffed It
IRAN'S "MAD MULLAHS" WANT NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO destroy Israel and can only be stopped by the threat or use of military force. That's what the Bush administration would have the public believe, as it pushes toward a confrontation with Iran over that country's...
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Courting an Advantage
THE TEMPORARY LULL IN JUDICIAL CONFIRMATION battles has come to an end. Hoping to ramp up its base in time for the midterm elections, the White House recently promised supporters that it will flood the Senate with more right-wing appeals court nominees....
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Credit Hog: Mitt Romney Got More Props Than He Deserved for Health-Care Reform
THE BILL CLINTON OF THE 2008 election is not, in fact, likely to share his surname. Hillary will probably run, to be sure. But the part Clinton played in 1992--that of an attractive, technocratic, successful governor from a state normally hostile to...
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Ken
JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH. 1908-2006 "Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking." --JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH LOVED words. Above all, he loved words he and others wrote about him....
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Parliament Lament
SUPPOSE THAT YOU WANTED TO FIND A LIST OF THE 30 or 40 Republican members of Congress most vulnerable to defeat this fall (and assume that you couldn't afford the Cook Political Report). Here's an easy trick: Take a particularly egregious piece of...
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Pastor Strangelove: Texan John Hagee May Not Have His "Perfect Red Heifer" Yet. but He Does Have a Huge Following, the Ear of the White House-And a Theory That an Invasion of Iran Was Foretold (We're Not Making This Up) in the Book of Esther
ON PURIM, THE JEWISH HOLIDAY THAT CELEBRATES the day Queen Esther saved the Jews from annihilation, Trinity Broadcasting Net-work's flagship talk show, Praise the Lord, featured an appearance by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. A politically conservative Orthodox...
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The Commissar's in Town: Very Little Happens at State regarding the Middle East without the Knowledge and Approval of Cheney-Not Dick, but Liz, His Powerful, Secretive Daughter
AT THE VERY HEART OF U.S. MIDDLE EAST policy, from the war in Iraq to pressure for regime change in Iran and Syria to the spread of free-market democracy in the region, sits the 39-year-old daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney. Elizabeth "Liz" Cheney,...
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The Doable Dozen: Whether or Not the Democrats Have a Big Idea, They-And Some Republicans, Too!-Have a Slew of Very Good Small Ones. Here's an Unscientific List of 12 That Don't Ask for the Moon but Deserve to See the Light of Day
NATIONAL HEALTH CARE? DEMOLITION AND RECONSTRUCTION of the tax code? A comprehensive war on poverty? Well, maybe not--yet. But if the pollsters are right and Election 2006 proves to be a dark day for the right and a bright dawn for the left, there's...
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The Real Tax Test
IRAQ IN CONTINUING MELTDOWN. OIL PRICES AT record highs. Forty-five million uninsured. A still-large budget deficit and an ever-increasing debt. How to respond? Hey, let's cut taxes! That was the congressional rejoinder to our nation's several crises...
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Truly Locked in the Cabinet
SHORTLY AFTER THE SENATE CONFIRMED JOHN Snow's nomination as Treasury secretary at the end of January 2003, Snow phoned me. He wanted to thank me for the guidance I had indirectly given him for how to survive a nomination hearing in my erstwhile memoir,...
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Vive Les Jeunes: The French Students Were Right to Protest-And We Can Prove It!
IN EARLY APRIL, AFTER WEEKS OF massive student demonstrations, the French government backed down and withdrew its proposed changes in national labor law. Under French law, workers are protected from arbitrary firings by a system that requires employers...
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Who's Your Daddy Party? Fifty-Plus War Veterans, Retired Navy Men, a Sheriff, a Prosecutor, and a Former Star Quarterback All Running for Congress-As Democrats?!? Wasn't the GOP Supposed to Be the Testosterone Party? How Our Most Macho President Brought His Party's Hetero-Hegemony to an End
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH HAS MADE THAT STATEMENT MANY TIMES. So has Vice President Dick Cheney. And Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Multiple principals endlessly repeating themselves--that's the mark of a premium White House talking point. Or in...
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Woman at Point Zero: Egypt's Most Famous Feminist Seeks Reform the Second Time Around
CAIRO, EGYPT -- THE VIEW FROM THE 26TH FLOOR of Nawal el Saadawi's apartment in Shoubra Gardens, a working-class neighborhood in east Cairo, may once have been spectacular. But as I sit in a rattan chair in Saadawi's sunroom, enjoying a cool breeze...
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