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. 12, July 1

Back to Brinksmanship: How India and Pakistan Arrived at a Nuclear Standoff
INDIA AND PAKISTAN STAND ONCE AGAIN ON THE BRINK of war. The moment is a precarious one and the stakes are high, not just for the region but potentially for the world. The United States has burgeoning interests in the subcontinent since the war...
Bush's Most-Favored Taxpayers: The Top 1 Percent Will Gain the Most from the Coming Tax Cuts. (the Taxonomist)
AS FEDERAL BUDGET DEFICITS HEAD BACK INTO THE stratosphere, most congressional Democrats remain petrified about frontally attacking the Bush tax cuts that are the central cause of the problem. Perhaps if they understood that most of us already face...
Creating a Lie; Sylvia Ann Hewlett and the Myth of the Baby Bust. (State of the Debate)
TO JUDGE BY THE PUBLIC reception of Sylvia Ann Hewlett's much-hyped Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children, you might think it was the first time American women had been admonished not to pursue high-powered careers when...
Despots R Us: Meet the Folks at Jefferson Waterman, Washington's Favorite Lobby Shop for Foreign Thugs
IN 1934 THE GERMAN DYE TRUST RETAINED PUBLIC-RELATIONS pioneer Ivy Lee for $25,000 a year, ostensibly to promote the company's image in the United States. Lee's true client, though, was Adolf Hitler's regime, and his aim was to favorably influence...
Easy on the Adrenals: Too Easy, in Enigma's Case; Harvard Man Is More Stimulating
I COULD HAVE WALKED OUT OF Enigma. Not in anger--not in that state of congested indignation that sometimes forces cinemagoers to their feet, huffing and puffing and clawing for their coats in the darkness--but through simple lack of concern. Which...
Global Warming: Sleep It off. (Devil in the Details)
IT'S NO GREAT FEAT TO come up with a list of previous presidents after whom the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue models himself: Poppy, certainly; the Gipper, absolutely; TR, but in foreign affairs only; Coolidge, very discreetly. Lately,...
Greens to Liberals: Drop Dead! (Comment)
ASK ANY LIBERAL TO IDENTIFY the force in American politics most intent on destroying progressive prospects and causes and you're sure to hear that it's the Bush administration or the Republican right or some such reactionary power. Let me gently...
Hire the Clueless: Bush's Pick for EPA Enforcer Has No Relevant Background. (Gazette)
SOME SAY JOHN PETER SUAREZ is a well-regarded career public servant, a "fair and balanced prosecutor" who has gained a reputation as a "very thorough" attorney while assembling the resume of a government lawyer on the rise. He therefore may seem...
Is the Third Way Finished? in Europe, at Least, It's Down but Not out. (beyond the Beltway)
IN THE LAST TWO YEARS OF HIS administration, Bill Clinton hosted three conferences on the "Third Way" that included British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok, Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema, French Prime Minister Lionel...
New Politics, Hoffa-Style. (Devil in the Details)
Teamster President James R Hoffa Jr. has had a rocky couple of weeks. First, one of his key supporters, Chicago Teamster leader Bill Hogan, was bounced from the union by its Independent Review Board (IRB).The board's findings showed that Hogan,...
Outing ALEC; the Most Powerful Lobby You've Never Heard of. (Gazette)
EARTH DAY, CONSERVATIVES have been known to complain, always brings out the weirdos. This year s celebration was no exception. "Absent from the debate [on global warming] is the discussion of human ingenuity and our ability to adapt to our environment;...
Porn Again. (on the Contrary)
FREE-SPEECH ADVOCATES WHO CHEERED THE recent Supreme Court decision striking down portions of the Child Pornography Prevention Act (CPPA) should not have been surprised when Attorney General John Ashcroft and members of Congress quickly announced...
Republicans' Favorite Democrats. (Comment)
THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP Council (DLC) was organized by southern governors, business Democrats, defense hawks, and social conservatives to push the party to the center. The theory was that this repositioning would win presidential elections (and...
Saving the Safety Net. (Networks)
THE WHITE HOUSE PROPOSAL to tighten work requirements for welfare recipients has passed the House and made tracks for the Senate, leaving welfare-rights advocates determined to extend the debate past Capitol Hill. At issue is Temporary Assistance...
Seeking a Higher Intelligence; Will Congress Push for Real Reform in the CIA and FBI? (Gazette)
WHEN NEWS BROKE about the infamous FBI "Phoenix" memo, which warned headquarters of possible terrorist activity in U.S. aviation schools last July, members of Congress could be heard fulminating across the land. "How in the world could somebody...
The Equal Empire. (Networks)
YET ANOTHER CONTROVERSY, ALBEIT A strange one, has erupted on the campaign-finance reform front. The National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI) (www.nvri.org) of Boston, representing the interests of minority and poor voters, charges in a lawsuit that...
The Gods of Shopping: A Pair of Parodists Take Aim at the Hijacking of Religion. (Performance Art)
IT IS NO SECRET THAT SHOPPING and religion are close relatives in America--money is God, God is heavily marketed, and then there's "Christian rock"--but it sure does help to be reminded sometimes. Not surprisingly, neither advertiser-driven media...
The Home Front. (Correspondence)
I WRITE TO CORRECT THE record about the views of Deputy Secretary, of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, which were misrepresented in Robert Dreyfuss's "The Home Front" [November 5, 2001]. In his article, which warned that planning for domestic terrorist...
The Kill-Floor Rebellion: An Alliance of a Union and a Community Group May Have Found the Way to Reorganize the Meatpacking Industry-And the Latino Immigrant Workers in Small-Town America
ST. AGNES CHURCH AND ITS SISTER PARISH, OUR Lady of Guadalupe, are the heart of south Omaha, Nebraska. Every Sunday, hundreds of packinghouse workers--Mexicans, Guatemalans, Salvadorans--dress up in their best clothes and stream through St. Agnes'...
Watch Those Drapes. (Devil in the Details)
OF ALL THE FEARS THAT have beset us since 9-11--the real ones and the ones the administration has manufactured--one that's hard to classify is the fear of codes. It is the basis of the Bush administration's refusal to let Yasser Esam Hamdi, a captive...
Who Vouches for Vouchers? an African-American Group Takes Fire for Its Position. (Gazette)
IF YOU HAPPENED UPON THE newspaper, radio, and television ads last year, you might have assumed they were the work of a conservative organization. After all, they spotlighted black students and their parents touting an idea close to the hearts of...
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