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. 16, No. 7, July

Amnesty's Answers
WHITE HOUSE SPOKESman Scott McClellan called the report "ridiculous." For Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff', it was "irresponsible." And Vice President Dick Cheney was "offended" by it. Still, Amnesty International USA advocacy...
Beyond "No"
"JUST SAY NO" HAS BEEN A WINNING STRATEGY FOR Democrats. Social Security privatization looks dead. Ditto with "progressive indexing" of Social Security benefits. CAFTA (the Central American Free Trade Agreement) is on its last legs. Tax "reform" is...
CAFTA Contortions
IT'S A STRANGE TRADE agreement indeed that's sold to the public on the grounds that it won't lower barriers to the exchange of goods. But that's just the tactic Bush administration officials have adopted in their increasingly desperate attempt to persuade...
Dear Leader's Paper Moon: The Washington Times Considers North Korea a "Gulag State." but Funny Thing: The Paper's Owner Considers It a Great Place to Do Business
"[The Reverend Sun Myung] Moon's speeches foresee a n apocalyptic confrontation involving the United States, Russia, China, Japan, and North and South Korea, in which the Moon Organization would play a key role. Under these circumstances, the subcommittee...
Disorder in the Court: How Serious Is the Right about Going after "Activist Judges"? Very. Fortunately, Seriousness Is Not the Same Thing as Strength
ON MAY 12, LEADING LIGHTS OF THE CONSERVAtive movement threw a gala banquet at the Capital Hilton in Washington to honor House Majority Leader Toni DeLay in his moment of need. After dessert and a closing invocation by Family Research Council head...
Dossier: The Stem-Cell Gap
Embryonic stem-cell research may produce a renewable source of tissue transplants and lead to cures for diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson's ... Embryonic stem cells are derived from 4- to 5-day-old blastocysts, clusters of about 150 cells that...
End of the Private New Deal
A RIPPLE OF ECONOMIC ANXIETY PASSED THROUGH middle America this spring when a bankrupt United Airlines ditched its pension obligations and General Motors announced it would cut 25,000 jobs. That's capitalism, you may say: Individual companies rise...
Fork in the Road Map: Bush's Meeting with Mahmoud Abbas Was a Sign of Re-Engagement. the President Now Has Three Options-And Only One Will Lead to Peace
WHEN PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas visited Washington in early June, one might have expected him to be heralded as the poster boy for "freedom's march" in the Middle East--democratically elected, a reformer, and a recognized man of peace. Yet...
Justice for Just Us
THE BUSH ADMINISTRAtion has always done a top-notch job of screening out all no-men (or even maybe-men) from its ranks, so the recent replacement of Deputy Attorney General James Comey seemed almost inevitable. Despite a year spent as John Ashcroft's...
Khartoum Characters: Exactly 142 Days after Bush Said the Word "Darfur," He Added a More Important Word: "Genocide." but Does the Policy Match the Sentiment?
AS PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH sat down at a joint press conference with South African President Thabo Mbeki on June 1, he preempted a question about the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan, one of the topics of the two men's White House luncheon. ...
Lesson Learned
SOMEDAY SOON, WHEN IT CAN NO LONGER BE DEnied that the Bush administration's effort to phase out Social Security is dead, the president might call his team into the Oval Office for a postmortem. "What went wrong?" he'll ask. "I want complete honesty."...
Minority Report: The Frustration of Some Black and Latino Operatives Raises the Question: How Much Longer Can Democrats Count on Historic Loyalties?
IN MAY OF 2004, PAUL RIVERA HAD AN IDEA. HIS PROposal, based on his experience working in three previous presidential contests: Put staff in every market where Hispanic and African American voters were important and spend $1 million to test different...
Now Museum, Now You Don't: The Quirky and Fascinating Barnes Collection Is Moving to Central Philadelphia So That More People Will Be Able to See It. but See What?
A MAY FUND-RAISER AT THE BARNES Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, on Philadelphia's Main Line, drew some 300 people for cocktails and an auction for trips to Europe and dinner for 20 at the foundation in the main gallery, ringed by Henri Matisse,...
Pray and Tell: Jack Cloonan Has Done His Share of Terror Interrogations. Instead of Torture, He Recommends Prayer Rugs and Figs. Yes, Figs
ON MAY 13, 2004, AS THE WORLD MEDIA WERE IN full serum over Abu Ghraib, an FBI agent who had spent time interviewing terrorism suspects at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, fired off a gloomy e-mail to a colleague. Venting about...
The Chauffeur's Dilemma: President Bush's Economic Program Harms the Middle Class and the Poor Alike. Here's How He Turns That Assault into Winning Politics
LET'S CONSIDER OUR POLITICAL MOMENT THROUGH a story. Suppose a chauffeur drives a sleek limousine through the streets of New York, a millionaire in the backseat. Through the window, the millionaire spots a homeless woman and her two children huddling...
The Lost Founder: Thomas Paine Has Often Been the Forgotten (and Sometimes the Ostracized) Founding Father. It's Time to Start Remembering-And Celebrating
ON JULY 17, 1980, RONALD REAGAN STOOD BEFORE the Republican national convention and the American people to accept his party's nomination for president of the United States. Most of what he said that evening was to be expected from a Republican. He...
The Peas-Keeper
TERRY McAULIFFE MAY no longer he helming the Democratic National Committee, but on a sweltering Wednesday night in early June, he was still carrying its torch high at the National Building Museum, where he and onetime Republican vice-presidential candidate...
The Reform That Isn't; Chutzpah Department: Invoking, McCain-Feingold, House and Senate Republicans Want to Put Progressive 527s out of Business
ACCUSTOMED THOUGH THEY WERE to Republican abuses of legislative practice, Democrats were nonetheless taken completely by surprise at the April 27 meeting of the Senate Rules Committee. With senators still settling into their seats, the "markup" session...
True West: At the Democratic Party's Western States Caucus in Montana, Evidence Abounds of a Region "Red on the outside, Blue on the Inside."
IT'S 8:30 ON A SPARKLING JUNE evening, and leaders of Montana's resurgent Democratic Party are hosting a river trip for the annual meeting of the party's Western States Caucus. The group of nearly 100 party leaders and elected officials is motoring...
Tune in, Turn on, Fight Back: The Right Has Fired Its Salvos. Now, Public Television's Defenders Are Mounting Their Counteroffensive-But It's Not off to a Quick Start
PUBLIC TELEVISION IS UNDER ATtack from within, undermined by a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) that is stacked with highly political appointees who think any programming based on "freedom, imagination, and initiative"--the words are from...
We're Number 13! Why Is Broadband Seven Times Faster in Japan Than in the United States? It Doesn't Have to Be-And Democrats Should Pay Attention
MOST AMERICANS BLITHELY ASsume that they live in the country that's the world leader in information technologies. Ours is, after all, home to the most recognizable high-tech corporate brands and the land where the Internet's fundamental architecture...
Winning by Losing Well: Rather Than Colluding to Make Right-Wing Policies a Little Less Awful, Progressives Need to Pose Real Alternatives That Rally Citizens
THE TORRENT OF BAD LEGISLATION COMING OUT of Washington won't end anytime soon: an appalling budget; a throw-grandma-from-the-train Social Security proposal; hair-raising judicial appointments; bankruptcy, environmental, and tort-"reform" bills written...

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