Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

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Daily Meme: Obama Puts the NSA in Time-Out

After months and months of revelations spurred by Edward Snowden's files from the National Security Agency—including one yesterday about the 200 million text messages that the NSA collects every day—Obama took the podium today to unveil a massive rework of our country's surveillance systems. As of last night, the president was still unsure of how big the changes his administration is making would be. The most important bits of the speech? As The New York Times sums up , "Mr. Obama said he would end the vast collection of phone data as it exists today. He will also restrict the ability of the National Security Agency to throw a net well beyond the data of an individual target and collect unlimited numbers. And the president said he would sharply restrict eavesdropping on the leaders of dozens of foreign allies, the disclosure of which ignited a diplomatic firestorm with friendly countries like Germany." Or, as Gawker condensed the speech , "NSA Surveillance Is Awesome and Also Awful...

Falling Down the Rabbit Hole of NYC’s Lena Dunham Obsession

Vogue Magazine
Flickr J ust as twentysomethings aren’t the ones writing about millennials ( that would be Ross Douthat ), Lena Dunham’s contemporaries aren’t the demographic that considers Girls its television muse. No, that would be over-twentysomething men, who make up over 20 percent of the show’s viewership and a perhaps even healthier percentage of the bylines featuring name drops of Dunham in the New York media ( this would also be Ross Douthat). Everyone who’s been having heart palpitations over Hannah Horvath’s desire to be a voice of a generation seems to have missed the New York old guard’s intention of making her the voice of the whole damn city. Since 2001, The New York Times has published over 300 articles mentioning Dunham, about 99 percent of which have been written in the past four years. And, except for the early days, right when Tiny Furniture became a thing and Girls screeners became zeitgeist incarnate, she’s hardly ever the subject matter. Any story with a wisp of beard, a hint...

Daily Meme: What We've Learned about Politicians from Their Roommates

Bill Delahunt, Dick Durbin's roommate : “He will kill them with his bare hands." George Miller, Chuck Schumer's roommate : “French poets lived better than Schumer was living." John Tyson, Al Gore's roommate: "I always knew he'd be President. He does well in an environment where there is a lot of pressure.'' Al Gore, Tommy Lee Jones roommate : "Both Mr. Gore and Mr. Jones, who grew up in Texas and lives there still, recall nearly killing an elm tree near where they lived in a monthlong knife-throwing contest, 'testing our ability in that backwoods skill.'" Connie Britton, Kirsten Gillibrand's roommate on their time together during study abroad in China : “We were there over the summer so …the American Embassy had a big Fourth of July party,” the actress shared. “And part of that was doing a lip sync contest. And Kirsten and two other girlfriends of ours who were in the China program did a Madonna song. Can’t remember exactly which one it was, but let me just say, we won the contest.”...

Daily Meme: And There Was Much Rejoicing (and Gloating)

The New York Times editorial board : "He said Tuesday that New Jersey’s citizens 'deserve better.' He is certainly right about that." George Packer : "I was there in Tampa in August, 2012, for Governor Chris Christie’s keynote address at the Republican National Convention, and from the first line I knew this guy was trouble." Katha Pollitt : "Maybe if he hadn’t fired all those people, they would have told him that if you have to tell people you’re not a bully, you probably are one." Jonathan Chait : "Anything can happen, but the combination of obstacles appears, at the very least, far greater than most analysts are figuring at the moment, and at the most, completely insurmountable." Margaret Carlson : "The Christie brand is compromised. It’s going to be harder to get away with yelling at teachers or telling stupid people to get the hell off the beach." Patrick Murray : “He can still tout his accomplishments—but not with all of the bravado." Jeffrey Kluger : "Yes, Chris Christie’s a...

Daily Meme: The Worst Moments in American History, Food Edition

Although we are less than two weeks into 2014, the scandal that will dominate the rest of the year, nay the century, is obvious. What in hell inspired Bill de Blasio to eat pizza, that cheesy communion wafer with which New Yorkers worship their city, with a fork ? As terrifying as this incident was, it was a minor entry in the long and torrid annals of political food scandals. Below, we recount some of these graver moments in American history. Politicians are most at risk to offend the masses through questionable ingestion on the campaign trail As Jack Hitt said in 2004, "Food on the campaign trail is a lot like the nominee's body language or a spouse's performance in public. It seems inconsequential, yet the wizards in touch with the dark arts of internal polling know it is crucial in some primordial and awesome way. A candidate's relationship to democratic food is all about authenticity, about being one of us even as we elevate him beyond us: similar yet different. Food is to the...

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