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. 23, December 30

Al in the Family: Gore Plays to the Base and beyond. (Gazette)
DOES AL GORE KNOW WHAT he's doing? Close readers of his two new books, The Spirit of Family and Joined at the Heart: The Transformation of the American Family, cannot help but wonder. Certainly no other serious politician in America has written...
Children Left Behind: Why We Need a National Child-Care Program, Now More Than Ever
IN EARLY OCTOBER, NAKIA BURGESS HAD JUST GOTTEN a job as a transcriber in Atlanta. She had already lost two other jobs because of her inability to secure reliable and affordable child care for her 3-year-old daughter, Asan'te, who had Down syndrome....
Flunking Statistics: The Right's Disinformation about Faculty Bias. (Gazette)
WHEN WILLIAM F. Buckley, Jr. launched America's conservative movement half a century ago, the requisite foe came readily to hand. In God & Man at Yale, Buckley identified the university he had just left--and, by implication, the country's entire...
Gen. Election: Israel Chooses between Two Army Men-A Hawk Passing for a Moderate and a Dove on Horseback. (beyond the Beltway)
IN THE LOBBY OF THE JERUSALEM Convention Center, glossy campaign leaflets of wannabe Knesset members carpeted the floor. Activists flowed from the hall where the Labor Party's newly chosen leader, Amram Mitzna, had pledged to order Israel's withdrawal...
Hair-Raising Hair Triggers: Terrorists, Nuclear Weapons and What the Press Hasn't Said. (Gazette)
THOUSANDS OF READY-TO-fire U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons are susceptible to unauthorized launches by terrorists, who might either capture a missile or electronically hack into a missile launch-control system. This reality has gotten nearly zero...
Hero Worship: James Bond, Harry Potter and the Big-Movie Machine. (the Critics Film)
AS IF IN ANSWER TO A SPEcial, seasonal wistfulness silently voiced by the movie-going public, the film industry seems to hit us each fall with a couple of hero-centered megafilms. Die Another Day is the latest James Bond flick, and Harry Potter...
Karl Rove's Model Union Leaders. (Devil in the Details)
"Labor boss" is a term to which we're almost congenitally adverse. But when a labor leader sells out his (and it's still more commonly "his" than "her") members, the term "labor boss" is fitting and proper. By which standard, the two pre-eminent...
Keeper of the Secrets. (Devil in the Details)
HERE AT THE PROSPECT, WE take a rather nuanced view of Henry Kissinger's appointment to head the commission that will investigate the government's failure to predict and prevent the attacks of September 11. Kissinger is far from being the least...
Persian Gulf-Or Tonkin Gulf? Illegal "No-Fly Zones" Could Be War's Trip Wire. (Gazette)
IN A PAIR OF EDITORIALS AFTER THE 1991 Gulf War, one of them titled "Don't Shoot Down Iraqi Aircraft," The New York Times called the plan to create vast "no-fly zones" (NFZs) in Iraq "legally untenable and politically unwise." The editorials, based...
Put a Face on Your Fears: The Apprehensive Citizen's Guide to the New Republican Committee Chairmen of the U.S. Senate-And What They Have in Store for Us. (Gazette)
THEY HAD TO WAGE A CAMPAIGN IN EQUAL PARTS deceitful and dynamic to get there, but when Congress convenes in January, Republicans will control the Senate. The Democrats' capacity to impede the Bush agenda has been whittled down to the occasional...
Reality Check: Why the Bush Treasury Department's Line on Corporate Taxes Doesn't Track. (the Taxonomist)
SOMETHING I'VE DRUMMED INTO MY STAFF OVER THE years is that no analysis is complete until it's passed a reality check. By that I mean that everything we do must be recalculated using alternative approaches to ensure that we haven't made some silly...
Secrets, Part II. (Devil in the Details)
SPEAKING OF THE DARK recesses of government, just where did that Eli Lilly profit-protection clause in the homeland-security bill come from? In the aftermath of the midterm elections, when the Democrats gave up their fight to protect the rights...
Sins of Commission. (Comment)
THE APPOINTMENT OF HENRY Kissinger to chair a commission on the September 11 attacks has provoked widespread clucking. As Maureen Dowd aptly put it, Henry Kissinger isn't whom you hire to get to the bottom of something. "If you want to keep others...
The Cult of Karl. (Comment)
SO WHO YOU GONNA BELIEVE, Bob Woodward or Ron Suskind? In Bush at War, Woodward's new behind-the-scenes account of the White House in wartime, mighty battles are waged between the Powellites and the Cheneyistas over the fundamentals of foreign policy....
The New Poll Tax: Republican-Sponsored Ballot-Security Measures Are Being Used to Keep Minorities from Voting
ONE OF THE RECURRING SCANDALS IN AMERICAN politics since passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is the discriminatory use of so-called "ballot security" programs. These programs are invariably presented as good government measures necessary to...
The Real Steel Deal: Tariffs Meant to Pay off at the Polls Aren't Helping on the Job. (Gazette)
PAUL VERYSER'S STEEL-PARTS company, Stampings Inc., is in big trouble. Tariffs on steel imports, imposed by President George W. Bush in March, have pushed the cost of steel up by more than half on the American spot market, and this has added a whopping...
Whose Town? the Relevance of Thornton Wilder's Play Today. (Theater)
WHEN JOANNE WOODward was picking shows to produce this summer, Our Town was an easy choice. Thornton Wilder's play about life and death in turn-of-the-century Grover's Corners, N.H., is one of the most popular works in American theater. What's more,...
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