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. 18, No. 10, October

After Failure: With Immigration Reform Dead, Democrats Court Hispanics and Republicans Go (More) Nativist
NEWT GINGRICH ISN'T ONE TO MINCE WORDS--particularly in the post-September 11 era, which so suits his penchant for whipping up hysteria. So it wasn't exactly a shock when the papers reported that he had worked up an audience by telling them how "sickened"...
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Arts and Minds: The State Department Wants to Fund Artists to Create Works for Overseas Museums-So Long as the Art Promotes U.S. Foreign Policy
THE UNITED STATES GOVERNment wants to enlist members of the art community to help win "hearts and minds." This fall, the American Association of Museums will award almost $700,000--half of it from the State Department--to American grant applicants...
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City on a Hill: New Haven Creates Its Own Pro-Immigrant Policy
WITH IMMIGRATION REFORM JETTISONED from the national agenda, the mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, is resurrecting the debate in his own backyard. Rejecting the morally charged rhetoric that conservatives have used to east opprobrium on free-riding...
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First Ladies in Two Modes: Democratic Candidates Have Partners Who Can Be More Liberal Than They. Republican Candidates, Ideally, Are Still Married to June Cleaver
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WITH PHRASES LIKE "COMmanding daddy of a candidate" and "shoulders you could land a 747 on," descriptions of the frontrunners for the 2008 Republican nomination have tended toward the cartoonishly masculine. And alongside...
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God's Precinct Walkers: When Students at Conservative Christian Patrick Henry College Entered the Real World of Republican Campaigns in a Swing State, They Found That God's Plan Did Not Always Include Victory
DEREK ARCHER'S TALL FRAME WAS SQUEEZED into the backseat with another freshman, his online Bible out on his lap. The pastor's son with the freshly combed blonde hair was heading down to Virginia Beach to campaign for Jerry Kilgore, the 2005 Republican...
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Iraq Trap 2
AMERICANS ONLY WANT TRAGEDIES WITH HAPPY endings, the novelist and critic William Dean Howells once said, and that strain in our culture seems to be at work once again in the debate about Iraq. Many of the war's original supporters now concede it was...
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Leo the Linchpin: Steelworker President Leo Gerard Looks like an Old-Time Union Leader, but He's Put Together a Labor-Environmentalist Alliance That Bridges Some Growing Democratic Fissures
LEO GERARD IS CENTRAL CASTING'S IDEA OF A LABOR leader: tough and big. Really big--6 feet 2 inches tall and barrel-chested. He's just the kind of guy you'd expect to be the president of the United Steelworkers. So what's he doing palling around with...
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Medifraud Amok: Heard about the Company That Resold the Drugs That Came Back in the Mail? That's Apparently Just a Normal Day in the Life of Our Under-Regulated Drug Industry
"WE'RE HEARING THOSE PHRASES AGAIN," declared Law and Order district attorney, former Republican senator, and presidential candidate Fred Thompson in a July 26 ABC podcast. National health care, universal health care, socialized medicine. We're being...
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Moral Hazard Is for Suckers
LAST SUMMER, WHILE SITTING ON A BEACH, I OVERheard a father tussle with his young son about whether the child was old enough to take out a small sailboat. The father finally relented. "Go ahead, but I'm not gonna save you," he said, picking up his...
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New Politics Gets Newer
WHO WOULD HAVE PREDICTED THAT THE DEFINING difference in the Democratic presidential cam paign would involve not Iraq but reform of the political process, particularly the role of lobbyists? At the candidates' joint appearance at the YearlyKos convention...
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No Country for Mothers
GOOD NEWS! IF YOU ARE AN ORDINARY MORTAL LIVING in the United States, your chances of staying alive are better than ever. According to new government numbers, the rate of Americans dying in 2004 (the most recent year to be calculated) hit a record...
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Parody
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "[Bush] will be running what he called "a fantastic Freedom Institute" promoting democracy around the world. But he added, "I can just envision getting in the car, getting bored, going down to the ranch.'"--The New York Times,...
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Schools as Scapegoats: Our Increasing Inequality and Our Competitiveness Problems Are Huge-But They Can't Be Laid at the Door of Our Education System
EDUCATION IS THE ANSWER. BUT, WHAT'S THE question? Simple: What's the cure for any adverse economic condition? Is your pay stagnant or declining? Quick, get more education. Are workers failing to share in economic growth? Too bad, they should...
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The Bubble Economy: The Financial Meltdown Is the Logical Consequence of Deregulation. Will We Reverse Field in Time to Prevent Another 1929?
We have all been here before. --Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS STILL STRUGGLING TO contain what is already the most severe credit contraction since the Great Depression. Yet in all of the press coverage, commentators have...
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The Fence to Nowhere: More Than Ever, We Need to Craft an Accord on Migrant Workers
EARLIER THIS YEAR AS THE IRAQ CRISIS DEEPENED with no end in sight, an administration in disgrace sought to score some kind of legislative victory elsewhere. Immigration reform was a good candidate since a coalition of both the economic right, interested...
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The Hillarycare Mythology: Did Hillary Doom Health Reform in 1993? It's Time to Get the Facts Straight about the Clinton Plan and Why Compromise Failed. Here's the Real Story
FIVE DAYS AFTER HIS INAUGURATION IN 1993, BILL Clinton named his wife to chair a newly established President's Task Force on National Health Care Reform. From that moment, the public had the impression that Hillary Clinton and the task force under...
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