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. 12, No. 2, January 29

A House Divided
George W. Bush convinced many swing voters that he was "a uniter, not a divider." He pledged to work with Republicans and Democrats to change the tone of partisan rancor in Washington. But Washington is not Austin, and the sense of a stolen election...
Bush's Luck, Clinton's Dilemma
The final indignity of the Clinton presidency may bring yet another piece of good fortune to the man who just won the White House while getting fewer votes than his opponent. Although the Independent Counsel Act is defunct and will therefore never...
California, Dreamed
People who try to get their arms around California inevitably have trouble. The place is too large, diverse, and complex; it isn't really one place at all, except maybe in the minds of outsiders. So it's not surprising that Made in California: Art,...
Correspondence
REFORMING REFORM TO THE EDITORS: In "Reforming Reform" [TAP, December 18, 2000], Robert Dreyfuss says much that desperately needed to be said about the sad state of campaign finance reform, its scaled-back ambitions, and the limited value of...
Divided We Stand
Obedient as always, in quest of good grades, Al Gore delivered the excessively gracious concession speech that pundits told him to deliver: Pledging his absolute support for George Bush, he urged us to set aside partisanship and embrace patriotism;...
Gurl Power
On the Internet, the year 2000 was the year of the female. The number of women using the Web surpassed men for the first time last year, according to a study released by Media Metrix/Jupiter Communications in August. And girls between the ages of 12...
His Fraudulency the Second?
The Illegitimacy of George W. Bush Until recently there was no particular contemporary relevance to the nicknames of some of our less-favored presidents. Rutherford B. Hayes, victor in the hijacked electoral vote of 1876, was known as "Old 8-7"...
King of the Hill?
The Unlikely Ascendancy of Thomas Daschle Early in December, as the Florida Supreme Court mulled over AL Gore's fate, a few dozen reporters crowded into a Senate press gallery for a conference with the newly elected Democratic leadership. After...
Patent Medicine
Absurdly high prices have put lifesaving prescription drugs out of reach for millions of Americans and for hundreds of millions of people in developing countries. In large part, patent protection is to blame. The patent system is a trade-off: Consumers...
Say It Is So, Joe!
When Al Gore tapped Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman to be his Democratic running mate last August, here was plenty of concern among party liberals: Why was e (who many thought was already too much of a New Democrat) teaming with the chairman of...
Senatorial Courtesy
The nomination of defeated Missouri Senator John Ashcroft as attorney general will test whether Democrats will spend the next four years getting rolled. This is George W. Bush's signature appointment, his thank-you gift to the far right. How bad is...
The Coming Bush Recession
President of the United States Economy Alan Greenspan is frustrated. George W., the mere president-elect, won't deal. Worse, Greenspan can't punish W. for not dealing. He can't even credibly threaten punishment, because punishment is just what W. wants....
The Talk of the Web
The New Yorker, as the only widely circulated general-interest American magazine without an active Web presence, is one of the last holdouts against the barbarians at the digital gate. Which is why we were surprised when, not long ago, a piece by Malcolm...
The Taxonomist
THE BUSH BEAR MARKET? As soon as the U.S. Supreme Court chose George W. Bush as our next president, the stock market fell precipitously. Wall Street analysts who had been loudly insisting on the need for a Bush victory suddenly began to find all...
Top Spin
"Why do people who are so smart get up and say things that are so dumb?" wonders lefty political commentator Bill Press, announcing his pick for "spin of the day" on CNN's snarky new talk show, The Spin Room. Press's baby-faced on-air sidekick, the...
Trigger Happy
The Communist Manifesto exults over the "specter haunting Europe"--the growth of communism. Today, America's ability to grow in a socially equitable manner confronts a serious threat from another economic theory, one that shares with Marx's construct...
Up in the Air
Flying cross-country after a photo-op with the border patrol, newly appointed U.S. drug czar Robert Wakefield tries to rouse his troops. Thrusting out a dimpled chin as only Michael Douglas can, Wakefield dares them to be creative. "I want everyone...

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