Clare Malone

Clare Malone is a freelance writer and member of the editorial staff of The New Yorker. Her work has appeared in The American Prospect, The Daily Beast, Slate, Bloomberg View, and Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology. She is a former Prospect web editor.

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: El Chapo and Our War on Drugs

Splashed all over this weekend's news was the capture of Joaquín Guzmán Loera aka, El Chapo , the Mexican drug kingpin ranked #67 on Forbes' s "Powerful People" list who got his billions from the being the man in at the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, responsible for an estimated 25 percent of the illegal drugs that make their way across the U.S.-Mexico border. The capture was surprisingly undramatic—he was found in bed—especially for a man who created a network of tunnels connecting six safe houses (one which emptied into a bathroom of his ex-wife's house ... cheeky of him). Now is as good a time as any to review the facts of the U.S. War on Drugs. Spoiler alert: It ain't pretty, and the capture of one guy probably won't change much about the current state of affairs. Last February, The Chicago Crime Commission named El Chapo Public Enemy No. 1 (a title once held by the irrepressible Al Capone). "While Chicago is 1,500 miles from Mexico, the Sinaloa drug cartel is so deeply embedded in...

Daily Meme: White Men with Money—The Story of the 2014 Midterms

Since 2014 is already two months in and the November elections only a short nine months away, we figured a brush-up on where all the money will be coming from is in order. As you might have guessed, this will mostly be a list of wealthy white men. Enjoy! As Kermit the Frog once crooned, " it's not easy being green ." Billionaire Tom Steyer might disagree. The West Coast Rich Person of the highest order (retired investment muckety-muck; based out of San Francisco; has 1,800-acre ranch) made his official debut in today's New York Times in a piece heralding him as the Koch brother of the left. Steyer's PAC, NextGen Climate Action, is looking to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 midterm elections. A sample of what he's done so far with his greenbacks (pun most definitely intended)? "Mr. Steyer poured tens of millions of dollars into a successful 2012 ballot initiative in California that eliminated a loophole in the state’s corporate income tax and dedicated some of the...

Daily Meme: Cold Days in Political Hell

Let's face it: Despite the greeting-card companies' efforts to convince us otherwise, February is the absolute armpit of the calendar year. But if you're sitting underneath your happy lamp, swathed in layers of post-Christmas fat and long underwear, and thinking that things couldn't get any worse, take heart—at least you're not a politician in Georgia this week. Late last month, normally temperate Atlanta was brought to its knees by a couple of inches of snow, a k a Winter Storm Leon. A massive traffic jam left commuters in their cars for hours and hours (almost a full day in some cases ) and children were forced to sleep at school—not your run-of-the-mill weather inconveniences. And the state's politicians got caught with their snow pants down; according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Governor Nathan Deal's office began asking questions about the storm 24 hours in advance, but nothing came of the inquiries . Whoops. This week, when the weather oracles started predicting that...

Daily Meme: The Afterlives of Public Officials

This week, Ben Bernanke turned in his magic wand of fiscal wizardry and officially stepped aside as Federal Reserve chair. So what next? What new heights does one scale, or what hills of money does one slide down, after you've conquered your own particular corner of the world? In Bernanke's case, he's headed into the tank—the think tank , that is. He'll live out his bearded old age as a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at the Brookings Institution. And really, what more could a fellow ask for? So where have other public officials put themselves out to pasture after the good 'ole US of A has used them for all they're worth? Let's take a look. If we're talking about former Fed chairs, the path post-central bank is fairly well-trod in the direction of private sector banking and consulting. Alan Greenspan started his own consulting group and served as adviser to various other entities, including Deutsche Bank . Paul Volker worked for a time as the CEO of an investment advisory firm but...

Daily Meme: The State of Our Union? Super-Stoked, Apparently

State of the Union addresses used to be no-frills affairs— in 1790, George Washington delivered one that was probably around 6 minutes long to a joint session of Congress in New York City, leaving him plenty of time to swill a couple mugs of cider with his boys and get to bed at a reasonable hour. Thomas Jefferson hated public speaking, so he did away with the addressing Congress bit and just sent the gentlemen a letter—presidents did this until Woodrow Wilson decided in 1913 that he'd reclaim the podium. The modern predidency is pretty damn enamored of the speech, though. It's the ultimate big-swinging-dick moment in politics, where members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices, activists, and the American public must sit and listen without interrupting to what the president has to say, for, in the case of President Obama, an average of 1 hour . As the speech has gotten longer and more formalized over the years, so has the hype surrounding it, along with the theater of the main event...

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