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. 19, No. 3, March

Accounting for Kristol: When the New York Times Hired Bill Kristol as an Op-Ed Columnist, Its Readers' Sensibilities and Interests Didn't Matter a Damn
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PRETEND FOR A MOMENT YOU'RE a close friend of New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. The two of you are finishing off a nice dinner at say, the Century Club, about to reach for the cognac tray, when Arthur mentions...
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Address the Pain, Reap the Gain: Why Our Nation's Future Demands That Political Leaders Take Seriously the Economic Plight of America's Young
TODAY'S YOUNG ADULTS are very likely to be the first generation to not surpass the living standards of their parents. Evidence of their declining economic opportunity and security abound, from widespread debt to lower earnings in today's labor market...
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An Economic Compact for the Young: Improving the Economic Horizons of America's Young Adults Will Require a Sustained Commitment and Serious Resources. but It Will Pay Huge Dividends
AS THE OTHER ARTICLES IN THIS special report have made clear, the economic deck is stacked against America's young. For a quarter-century, policies that once promoted entry into the middle class, such as affordable college tuition and support for first-time...
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A New Deal of Their Own: Social Policy Once Helped the Young Join the Middle Class. Today, Government Aid Is Mainly for the Elderly and the Poor
AMERICA DOES NOT DO WELL BY its young. For years government data and social-science research have demonstrated persistently high levels of poverty and related problems among children. In a UNICEF study last year measuring the well-being of children...
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Another Kind of Youth Movement: A New Generation with New Economic Stresses Rediscovers the Benefits of an Old Idea-Trade Unionism
IN RECENT MONTHS, LABOR ACTIVISM has presented a younger, hipper face. Based on media coverage of the Writers Guild of America strike in Hollywood and the uprising of MTV and VH1 long-term, full-time Web "freelancers" in New York City, you'd think...
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Big Vote on Campus: Progressive Groups Increase Their Focus on Colleges-And Not Just the Usual Suspects
IN 2004, KEVIN KILLER WATCHED AS his fellow Oglala Sioux Tribe members were turned away at the voting booth in South Dakota when poll volunteers misconstrued new voter identification procedures and rejected tribal identification cards. A Denver native,...
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Black and Brown Together: In Mississippi, African American Leaders Are the Foremost Champions of the State's Growing Latino Immigrant Population. Some Day Soon, They Hope, the New Alliance Will Transform the State's Reactionary Politics
In 1991, seeking to boost its never robust economy, the state of Mississippi passed a law permitting casino gambling. In short order, immigrant construction workers arrived from Florida to build the casinos, and the casinos themselves began using contractors...
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Black Hawk's Gamble: How One Small Town in Colorado Found out the Hard Way That the House Always Wins
It has been less than a week since Fran Fry was in Black Hawk, Colorado, a town of more than 20 casinos and fewer than 200 residents, and she cannot stop thinking about the place. Still wearing a nametag ("25 years of service") from the furniture store...
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Bringing the Race to Closure
REMEMBER WHEN IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT THE DEMOCRATIC Party would choose a presidential nominee early this year because of the front-loaded primary schedule? Like a lot else that was oh-so-obvious about this year's election, things aren't working out that...
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Can the Democrats Think Big? with the Economic Crisis Becoming More Dire by the Day, Democrats Will Win on Pocketbook Issues Only If They Recover the Imagination and Nerve to Offer Remedies on a Scale Equal to the Problems
By the time the general election campaign is in full swing, the economy is likely to be in much deeper trouble. Historically, one of the staples of political science research is that presidential elections are backward-looking referenda and that the...
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Cast into the Darkness
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THE ANNALS OF THE CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL ACTION Conference, which has been convened annually since 1973, the 2008 meeting in Washington's Omni Shoreham Hotel will likely be remembered by participants as the one that, all...
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Democracy versus Debt: Students Are Getting Serious about Organizing to Change the Rules of the Game That Leave Young Adults Burdened with College and Credit-Card Debt
ANTHONY DANIELS IS THE CHAIRPERSON of the National Education Association's student program but is saddled with nearly $58,000 of debt in student loans from his undergraduate and master's programs. He's considering getting out of teaching. With payments...
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Going Nowhere Fast
TO GET AMERICA BACK ON THE RIGHT ROAD, I WISH Henry Clay's Whig Party might come back and fix the roads again. Today, we need the "internal improvements" that the Whigs promoted every bit as much as we did in the 1830s and 1840s, when Whig-controlled...
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Our Senate Problem
"THE MOST TROUBLESOME TASK OF A REFORM President," wrote Henry Adams, is "bringing the Senate back to decency." Adams was writing about the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, which began with an Obamaesque promise of national reconciliation and reform...
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Parody
"Make it a hundred."--John McCain on possible U.S. length of stay (in years) in Iraq should he be elected president From: Rick Davis, campaign manager To: John McCain In response to some of the pushback you've received for your vision of a...
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Politicians Bet the Farm: Faced with Tough Budget Decisions, Many States Are Turning to Gambling as an Answer to Their Economic Woes. but Most End Up Getting Far More Than They Bargained For
Last spring, Kansas politicians decided to take government promotion of gambling to a new level, voting to make the state the first to actually own Las Vegas-style casinos. Not content, as other states, to merely tax the revenues of commercial gambling...
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Progressive Re-Generation: At Times in American Political History, Young Generations Have Formed Lasting Ties to Parties and Idealogies. Is 2008 One of Those Times?
CHARISMATIC LEADERS AND TIDAL shifts in public policy have always shaped the party allegiance and policy preferences of generations that come of age at critical moments. After enduring the Depression, the Greatest Generation developed a commitment...
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Solidarity Politics
WITH THE DEMOCRATIC FRONT-RUNNERS A woman and a black man, it's not surprising that the phrase "identity politics" is popping up all over the place. In his post-Super Tuesday analysis for The New York Times, Adam Nagourney wrote, "Surveys of voters...
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The 2008 Veepstakes
THOUGH THE DEMOCRATIC presidential contest has turned into a longer-running show than anyone could have imagined, it's not too early to begin the quadrennial quest for the perfect Democratic vice-presidential running mate. Accordingly, the Prospect...
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The Bench, Etc
Because nominating politicians for national stardom is one of those time-honored journalists' perks, there are lots of other names floating around in the ether. Former GOV. TOM VILSACK of Iowa, SEN. EVAN BAYH of Indiana, and GOV. BILL RICHARDSON...
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The Democrats' Choice: Manager or Visionary: On Matters Economic, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Think Alike. beyond Policy, Though, She Promises to Ride the Bureaucracy; He Promises to Drive the Mood
"We have systematically diminished the role and the responsibility of our government, land we have watched our market become imbalanced," said either Senator Hillary Clinton or Senator Barack Obama. I just believe strongly that we are in great need...
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