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. 2, February

Among the Bear-Baiters
I'M WRITING THIS WHILE ENJOYING ONE OF THE most satisfying moments of my day, one of the most satisfying moments known to humanity. It's morning. I prefer to take a sip, even two, from my favorite old oversized coffee cup, with a glazed blue-checker...
Another "Drug Baby" Media Scare?
Recently (July 27, 2005), Medical News Today (MNT) carried a story with the alarming title, "Single prenatal dose of meth causes birth defects." Join Together, a prominent website, published a summary of the story with a similar headline and opening...
"Duke" of Deception: The Overlooked Security Implications of the Cunningham Scandal
ON ITS FACE, THE CORRUPTION scandal involving California Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the former Vietnam War ace fighter pilot who pled guilty in November to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and others seeking his favors,...
Fear of Flying: Did Miami Show That Air-Marshal Training Works? Quite the Opposite
ON DECEMBER 7, RIGOBERTO Alpizar, a 44-year-old man with a history of mental disorder, was killed, in a hail of bullets, by two air marshals at Miami International Airport. After the shooting, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman said that Alpizar...
Great Expectations: People Expect Great Things of Barack Obama. His First Year in the Senate-In Which He's Shown a Deliberative and Sometimes Surprising Streak-Has by Design Been a Relatively Quiet One. but It Also Suggests a Man at the Beginning of a Long, Ambitious, and Intricate Journey
BY 30 MINUTES AND SEVERAL DAYS, BARACK OBAMA is running late. He is supposed to be at his grandmother's in Hawaii--his wife and daughters already are there--but the Senate is still voting on some fairly significant legislation. So here he is, stuck...
Independence Day: Turkey, a Longtime U.S. Ally, Now Pursues Its Own Path. Guess Why
ANKARA-- OVER THE PAST HALF-CENTURY, the United States has had few more faithful allies than Turkey. Beginning with the legendary bravery that Turkish soldiers showed while fighting alongside Americans during the Korean War, and extending through...
Is Corruption Enough?
THE 2006 MID-TERM ELECTION WILL BE AMONG the most fateful in modern history. If the Democrats take back even one house, it will end the period of one-party rule and allow Congress to fully investigate the multiple embarrassments of the Bush administration....
Poverty Is Back! or at Least It Was Supposed to Be after Katrina, but Five Months on, Even Democrats Have Dropped the Subject. Here's How to Revive It
IT WAS 1988, RONALD REAGAN'S FINAL STATE OF THE Union. The previous eight years had been good to the Gipper. The word "liberal" had been rendered radioactive, many items on the conservative wish list had been checked off, and Reagan himself had stomped...
Remapping the Culture Debate: Can the Democrats Finally Learn to Talk Culture? Fascinating New Research Challenges Some Cherished Assumptions-And Offers Clues about the Future
TED NORDHAUS, A SELF-PROCLAIMED "RECOVERING pollster," and Michael Shellenberger, a former San Francisco public relations executive, began quietly sending out e-mails in the spring of 2005. Love your work, they'd write people they thought would be...
Send Up the Clowns
"IT COULD PROBABLY BE SHOWN BY FACTS AND FIGURES that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress," Mark Twain once observed. Computations remain to be performed; investigations have not been completed. But with GOP heavyweights jettisoning...
Talk to the Enemy: A Middle Ground between Victory and Defeat: A Negotiated Settlement
THROUGHOUT DECEMBER, IN A political offensive designed to recapture the initiative over the failing war in Iraq, President Bush portrayed the battle there in stark terms. Iraq, he said, is the central front in a global struggle against "Islamofascism,"...
The Book of Liberal Virtues: Yes, They Exist. and They're the Best Tools We Have for Countering the Right's Assertion That Everything Is Political
I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU: CONSERVATIVES ARE WINNING the culture wars. OK, that might not come as a shock, but here's the scary part: They have reason to be winning. The fight has done a superb job at exploiting certain weaknesses on the left; liberals,...
The New Nuance: Black and White Are out, and Shades of Gray Are in. and One New Documentary, "Why We Fight", Epitomizes the New Trend Powerfully
DEVASTATING AS IT WAS, THE LAST presidential election did bestow one blessing on progressives--it cleaned out the art house. The post-election period has swept away much of what had become tiresome or belligerent in political films--the breathless...
The Progressive Generation Gap
NOT LONG AGO, I ATTENDED A MEETING OF 20 OR so progressive advocates and experts on a major policy issue. I looked around the room and realized that I was, I'm quite sure, the youngest person there. And that's happened before. But I'm 43 years old....
The Torture Tutor: John Yoo Didn't Invent Excuses for Abuse of Power. He Learned Them
AS THE AUTHOR OF OFFICIAL memoranda seeking to justify torture, warrant-flee wiretapping, detention without trial, and other expressions of lawless power, John Yoo appears to be enjoying his 15 minutes of infamy. Profiled in the mainstream press,...

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