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. 10, October

Anger Mismanagement: The House's Most Erratic Member, Curt Weldon, May Finally Hit a Wall
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES of our era doesn't lack for camp spectacle. There's Indiana's Dan Burton, who shot at melons in his backyard to "prove" that the Clintons had Vince Foster murdered. Tom Tancredo of Colorado once advocated that America "take...
A Slight Oversight: Congressional Investigations of the Executive Branch Have Been Sandbagged by the White House and Its Allies on Capitol Hill. Can the Democrats Revive a Lost Art?
WHEN SENATE MAJORITY LEADER LYNDON Johnson became vice president in 1961, he persuaded his protege and successor, Senator Mike Mansfield of Montana, to let Johnson continue running the Senate Democratic caucus. The vice president, constitutionally...
College Dropouts: The Campaign to Reform the Electoral College Actually Gains Ground
SOMEWHERE, SAMUEL J. TILDEN may be smiling. The 1876 Democratic presidential nominee--who won the popular vote but lost the presidency to Rutherford B. Hayes--would surely approve of the movement afoot to entrust the American people with the direct...
Desperation Time: This Will Be the Third Consecutive Election in Which the Republicans Wrap Themselves in 9-11. Expect the Worst
ON THE RECENT FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE September 11 attacks, President Bush visited all three sites of the mayhem--the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the courageous passengers took down United Flight 93; the Pentagon, long since rebuilt;...
Mommy Dearest? as South Dakotans Prepare to Vote on the Nation's Most Draconian Abortion Law, They're Hearing a Frightening Argument: That the State Must "Protect" Women from Abortion by Forcing Them to Bear Children. and the Argument Is Spreading
NEXT MONTH, SOUTH DAKOTANS WILL VOTE on whether to uphold the most radical abortion ban in the nation. Allowing for abortion only "to prevent the death of a pregnant mother," the ban was enacted last March in the belief that the changing membership...
Mr. Blackwell's Designs: The Voting Mess in Ohio May Be Even Worse Than It Was in 2004
HUNDREDS OF VOTERS MYSTERIOUSLY "dropped or displaced" from registration rolls when master lists were electronically merged. Absentee ballots invalidated because voters didn't receive a flier telling them not to remove a security stub. Poll workers...
Political Earthquake
IMAGINE STEPPING INTO A POLLING BOOTH AND voting for candidates who, instead of being bought and paid for by corporations, unions, or wealthy donors, are financed by public funds, and accountable to you and other citizens. Sounds utopian, doesn't...
Reluctant Radicals
IT IS CONVENTIONAL WISDOM THAT THE NEW DEMOCRATIC activists of the "netroots" are strong on political tactics but don't have much to contribute to the war of ideas. Matt Bai, writing in The New York Times Magazine, charged disparagingly that "leaders...
The Man in Me
MY FATHER ISN'T MUCH IN THE FASHION ADVICE section. He's given me precisely two pieces of sartorial guidance over the years: Don't buy things you need to iron, and really don't buy things you need to dry-clean. These were Abel Klein's two commandments,...
The Spirit of '56: Liberal Baby Boomers Cherish the Notion That 1968 Was the Year That America Got Interesting and Weird. Nonsense-1956 Had It All, Man
AMERICA TURNS 50 THIS YEAR--the America, that is, that we recognize as ours. It was half a century ago that our new founding fathers made their debut on the national stage: Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley. The latter, per Life's...
The Test Case Race: In Ohio, Sherrod Brown Is Running for the Senate as Thomas Frank's Dream Candidate. Can Economic Populism Vanquish Culture and Terror in a Red State?
THE WORLD HEADQUARTERS OF THE GOODYEAR TIRE AND Rubber Co. is still in Akron, Ohio, but all they make there now are decisions. Except for a few specialty racing tires, Goodyear hasn't made tires in Akron in years. Industry here is dead, dead, dead,...
The Way of the Hammer: Democrats Have Been Outraged by Tom DeLay's Tactics. but If They Take Back the House, the Lesson to Learn from Him Is This: Hyper-Partisanship Can Be Good for the Party of Government
IT WAS A SUMMER OF ODD POLITICAL VALEDICTORIES. ON the night of August 8, Joe Lieberman bade farewell to his career as a Democratic senator, kicking off of his independent bid by blaming the "politics of partisan polarization" for doing him in. He...
Thinking about the Government
AMERICA MAY GET ITS TWO-PARTY SYSTEM BACK after November. But the competition could turn out to be neoconservative Republicans versus Eisenhower Republicans, with the latter played by Democrats. As the society becomes more unequal and working families...
Whatever It Takes: Tennessee's Harold Ford and Pennsylvania's Bob Casey May Not Be Running Campaigns to Swell Liberal Breasts. but They're Clearly Doing What's Necessary
On a sweltering Saturday morning in August, on the grounds of the old Rutherford County Courthouse just outside Nashville, where a Bible in a glass case is permanently turned to John 3:16, a young politician of considerable urbanity is convincing a...
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