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. 13, No. 9, May 20

A Low Blow? (Correspondence)
I AM WRITING TO INFORM you that there are a number of intentional misrepresentations in the article you published entitled "Sins of Petition" [May 6]. First, the subtitle of your article is "How the left got tricked into opposing cloned embryo...
... and Read Labels ... (Devil in the Details)
DON'T BUY THE CANARD that federal regulators under the Bush presidency refuse to do anything. Consider, please, the sudden outburst of activism at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, for you federal-abbreviation aficionados)....
As Children Die: A Dispatch from Jerusalem. (Gazette)
MY SON FOLLOWED ME out of the apartment and caught up with me as I leaned on the fence around the playground, shaking. "What's wrong, Dad?" he asked. He's used to a wordy father, but I couldn't find words, not then. I took a breath, slipped back...
Axis of Incompetence: On the Shambles That Is the Bush Foreign Policy
IF THE ADMINISTRATION'S FOREIGN-POLICY APPARAT (minus the increasingly isolated Colin Powell) were placed under one roof--Rice, Rumsfeld, and Reich; Perle, Wolfowitz, Cheney, and Bush--what watchword would be inscribed over the door? No, not "Abandon...
Catholic Crisis, Jewish Nightmare. (Comment)
THE SOURCES OF MORAL ANGUISH are entirely different, and some on each side may reject--and even resent--the comparison. But as Catholics confront a sex-abuse scandal in the Church and Jews agonize over events in Israel, there are striking parallels...
Fast Track's Trojan Horse. (Networks)
WHEN "FAST TRACK"--ALSO known as "trade promotion authority"--passed the House on December 6, many Beltway fortune-tellers expected it to sail smoothly through the trade-friendly Senate. More than four months later, though, the measure's fate remains...
Kerrey's Quagmire: The Former Senator and the New President of the New School Turns the Legendary Institution into a Free-Fire Zone
ON THE AFTERNOON OF FRIDAY, MARCH 15, THE last day before spring break, New School University President Bob Kerrey made one of his periodic star turns on the Tishman Auditorium stage in lower Manhattan. In his last such appearance, in April of 2001,...
Lies and Consequences. (on the Contrary)
"THERE ARE LOTS OF DIFFERENT SITUATIONS when the government has legitimate reasons to give out false information, Solicitor General Theodore Olson told the U.S. Supreme Court in March. He was defending the government's right to lie in Harbury v....
Merci, No Coup. (Devil in the Details)
IMAGINE, FOR A MOMENT, the imaginable: that the plotters of the Venezuelan coup did work hand-in-glove with Otto Reich, assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, and his merry band in planning what became the two-day overthrow of...
Nuking Yucca. (Networks)
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS unveiled plans to truck nuclear waste through 44 states before depositing 77,000 tons of it at Yucca Mountain, about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. A central nuclear repository has long been the dream of the nuclear...
Organ Rejection: Why Do Blacks Fear Organ Donation? (Transplantations)
IN THE FILM JOHN Q., DENZEL Washington plays a working-class dad who holds a hospital emergency room at gunpoint to get a heart transplant for his nine-year-old son. The film's critique of health care in the United States is hard to miss: The poor...
Security in the Shadows: Congress Wants an Accountable Tom Ridge. Bush Doesn't. (Gazette)
FOR TOM RIDGE, PRESIDENT Bush's homeland-security director, the storm clouds over his relationship with Congress began gathering almost as soon as his appointment was announced nine days after September 11. From the very beginning, a bipartisan...
The Do-Something Senate. (Comment)
THERE MAY BE SOME LIFE IN the Democrats yet, especially in the Senate. They killed drilling in Alaska. They blocked a wretched judicial nomination. They sidetracked President Bush's outrageous effort to make the tax cut permanent, which would yield...
The Enemy within? the FBI's Anthrax Investigation Turns in on Itself. (Gazette)
WHEN ANTHRAX FIRST turned up in letters to journalists and members of Congress last October, much of the public, still shaken from the September 11 attacks, naturally assumed that the perpetrator was an outside terrorist group like al-Qaeda. But...
The Power and the Glory: Who Needs the Christian Coalition When You've Got the White House? the Religious Right's Covert Crusade
GARY BAUER, CHRISTIAN-RIGHT LEADER AND 2000 presidential candidate, fully appreciates the political perils of the discussion we're about to enter into this early spring morning. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson publicly breached the same territory...
The Tyranny of Triangulation: Can Joe Lieberman Lead? (below the Beltway)
JOHN KERRY AND JOE LIEBERMAN have a lot in common. Both went to Yale. Both are senators from the Northeast. Both are prominent, well-liked members of the Democratic caucus. And both very much want to be president someday. But when top Republicans--notably...
What's in a Name? Not Much, Alas, in Hal Hartley's No Such Thing and Rose Troche's the Safety of Objects. (Film)
HAL HARTLEY HAS A FINE name, a bright exhalation of a name, prancingly rhythmic, mildly heroic, suggestive of things boyish, airy, lyrical. A better name, perhaps, for an athlete--a high jumper or a thrower of javelins--than a filmmaker, but there...
Your Federal Tax Dollars at Work. (the Taxonomist)
TAX DAY HAS COME AND GONE, AND ABOUT 100 MILLION Americans have filed their income-tax returns. For all the grumbling about complexity--fair enough, tax filing is way, too complicated--most of us understand that taxes pay for defending our country,...
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