Gabriel Arana

Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.

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Tuesday Twitter Talk: Abuse of Power.

*/ @reihansalam @willwilkinson really is very passive re: abuses of power that would shock @normative or @adamserwer, due to a cultural faith in authority. @AdamSerwer @reihansalam @willwilkinson whawetalkinbout? @reihansalam @AdamSerwer Attitudes towards the use and abuse of state power. @AdamSerwer @reihansalam @willwilkinson Porky's II is clearly an abuse of something

NOM's Maggie Gallagher for Big Government.

In response to last week's court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in the states, anti-gay-marriage crusader Maggie Gallagher predictably called the proceedings a "sham trial" and the judge's decision a "moral outrage" and "intellectually absurd." Which is what Gallagher seems to say about every gay-rights trial that does not go her way. What's interesting about her comments on CBN is that she accuses the Massachusetts judge of defining "marriage" for the rest of the country: Nobody is saying that the state of Massachusetts doesn't have the right to define marriage for state purposes ... [But] what Massachusetts is now saying that they have the right to overturn and decide what the federal government defines as marriage. The more important point, however, is that this is not a case of a federal court in Massachusetts deciding what marriage means for the whole country; it's quite the...

Will SB 1070 Go Into Effect on July 29?

In response to the Justice Department's lawsuit [PDF] against Arizona and similar challenges from various civil-rights groups and law-enforcement agencies, Adam and I have noted that for all the outcry over its potential for civil-rights violations, the legal challenges to SB 1070 center around whether the state is pre-empting the federal government's constitutional authority to regulate immigration. This has led conservative commentators like the National Review 's Rich Lowry to question the "sincerity" of the administration's legal argument -- which, if you consider that the primary objective in court is to get a decision in your favor, is pretty naive -- and others to ask whether Obama is avoiding the race issue. But the most immediate consideration is whether the federal suit will prevail in its primary short-term objective: stopping the law from going into effect on July 29. In its initial legal filings, the Justice Department requested a preliminary injunction to do just that...

Tuesday Twitter Talk: Sports Fatigue.

*/ @jbouie New Post: Freedom of Choice? @MonicaBPotts bless you, you're the one person not talking about one sport or another. @jbouie LOL. Yeah, I really don't care about sports, so twitter is kind of lame for me too.

Blame-the-Teacher Bandwagon.

As the National Education Association wraps up its annual meeting today in New Orleans, the rift between the Obama administration and the teachers unions is becoming ever more apparent. As the Times reports , this year's meeting included no token speaker from the Department of Education, which has sparked disagreement from the unions over programs like "Race to the Top," a $4.5 billion competitive-grant fund that requires teachers to be judged based on student test scores. But the administration is just riding the recent "reform" wave that's adopted teachers and teachers' unions as a scapegoat for all the failures of the American education system. Sure, as Steven Brill 's much-discussed article in The New Yorker about New York City's "rubber rooms" demonstrates , union-negotiated hiring and retention practices in some districts have shielded bad teachers from being fired. But it's worth noting that, historically, teachers' unions have actually been at the forefront of accountability...