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. 21, November 18

Bloody Good Fun: Red Dragon Does the Hannibal Lecter Canon Proud. (the Critics Film)
DR. HANNIBAL LECTER IS the premier Hollywood monster of our time--even scarier, in his way, than John Travolta. Fish-eyed and slightly phosphorescent, wearing an expression of icy beatitude, he hovers monklike behind his sheet of perforated plastic...
Good Company: It's Time for the CIA and Scholars to Work Together. Again. (Academe)
A DAY DOESN'T GO BY BUT somebody comes into my office and says, `How do I get into, the intelligence system?" remarks Arthur Hulnick, a 28-year Central Intelligence Agency veteran who now teaches international relations at Boston University. This...
Herrera's Winning Hand: A New Kind of Nevada Calls for a New Kind of Democrat. (Gazette)
"DARIO [HERRERA] IS THE best one-on-one campaigner I've ever seen," says Paul Brown, Las Vegas coordinator of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), and after a day going door-to-door with Herrera in the city's new 3rd Congressional...
Lula's Rules: Brazil Could Undo Bush's Trade Scheme. (Gazette)
JUST WHEN IT WAS LOOKING AS IF the Bush administration would stamp its economic model on the entire Western Hemisphere, a credible challenge has emerged. South America's largest and most self-reliant economy is very likely to elect a popular moderate...
Outward Bound. (Comment)
THE LAST TIME THE REPUBlicans controlled the House, the Senate and the presidency for a full two-year term was 48 years ago, in the years 1953-54. Dwight Eisenhower was president. Ike, however, was a bipartisan sort of Republican who worked closely...
Public Order in the Courts. (Networks)
AS THE LEGAL BATTLE OVER MCCAIN-Feingold heated up in Washington, the push for public financing of campaigns inched forward at the state level when, on Oct. 10, North Carolina Gov. Michael Easley signed into law the Judicial Campaign Reform Act....
Revolt on the Ranch: South Dakota Republicans May Keep the Senate Democratic. (Gazette)
IN EARLY OCTOBER, AS THE IRAQ debate heated up in Washington, U.S. Rep. and Senate hopeful John Thune (R-S.D.) began airing a campaign ad on western South Dakota television stations. The 30-second spot featured images of Saddam Hussein while an...
Spotting Those Crooks Early. (Devil in the Details)
It's what every law-enforcement agency dreams about: a list, a published tip sheet, of wise guys heading for a fall, complete with a heads-up on what areas to stake out to catch them in the act. We refer, of course, to CFO Magazine and its coveted...
The Fly-by-Night 107th: What You Might Have Missed from the Departing Congress. (Gazette)
AS THE 107TH CONGRESS limps into the midterm elections without having passed most of its routine spending bills, it's safe to say that the legislative branch hasn't been a model of efficiency. But, then again, there are worse things than gridlock....
The God Bullies. (on the Contrary)
SECTARIAN CONSERVATIVES HAVE REASON TO RESENT the First Amendment: It prohibits government officials from posting the Ten Commandments in public places while it protects the Godless Americans March on Washington (scheduled for Nov. 2.) No wonder...
The Reality Behind Reform. (Networks)
IT'S TRUTH TIME FOR THE friends and foes of campaign-finance reform on Capitol Hill. The McCain-Feingold bill, which takes effect Nov. 6, faces numerous legal challenges. And so lawyers representing groups that both love and hate reform have been...
The Repudiation Syndrome. (Comment)
SINCE LYNDON JOHNSON, EVERY Democrat who has run for president has suffered repudiation within his own party after either serving in office or losing the election. Democrats repudiated Johnson because of the Vietnam War, Jimmy Carter because of...
The Rising Latino Tide: In Florida and Texas, as in California, the Immigrant Influx Is Creating a Democratic Future (If Not Necessarily a Democratic Present)
I. I CAN HELP MCBRIDE! "When I go door-to-door, and they open it up, they don't really listen to me," says Patrick Vilar, a fresh-faced young Democrat who is seeking election to the Florida House of Representatives this November in a district...
The Tax Cheaters Lobby: How the Banking Industry and the Right Foment Tax Evasion. (the Taxonomist)
THERE ARE SOME SUBJECTS I JUST CAN'T STOP HARPING on. But there's a rationale for my repetition. I hope that someday the mere mention of "Cato Institute" or "Heritage Foundation" or "Bush" will make people immediately think, "Yeah, those are the...
The Traditionalist: Why the Senate's Leading Dove Is Robert C. Byrd. (below the Beltway)
MANY LIBERALS WERE startled when one of the strongest Senate voices warning against invading Iraq turned out to be 84-year-old Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, a man slightly to the center-right of his party, a defense hawk and very much a traditionalist....
The Unbearable Costs of Empire: Bush's War Could Help the Economy in the Short Run. the Big Harm Comes Later
TALK IN WASHINGTON THESE DAYS IS OF ROME AND its imperial responsibilities. But George W. Bush is no Julius Caesar. France under Napoleon may be the better precedent. Like Bush, Napoleon came to power in a coup. Like Bush, he fought off a foreign...
Tinker, Banker, Neocon, Spy: Ahmed Chalabi's Long and Winding Road from (and to?) Baghdad
IF T.E. LAWRENCE ("OF ARABIA") HAD BEEN A 21ST-century neoconservative operative instead of a British imperial spy, he'd be Ahmed Chalabi's best friend. Chalabi, the London-based leader of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), is front man for the...
WorldCom: A Disaster beyond Repair (CWA on the Issues: Advertisement)
WorldCom's officers built a corporate edifice out of deception, greed and outright fraud--and it should simply be torn down. In the interests of stakeholders and the general public--and most especially the thousands of WorldCom employees who have...
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