Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: Syria, Right Where We Left It Pre-Shutdown

A new report from The New York Times today sheds light on a crisis forgotten in the shadow of the shutdown: our long, tangled debate over what to do with Syria. (In case you need an update on the conflict, the BBC has an excellent primer .) It turns out that Obama's misgivings about an airstrike mirrors U.S. public opinion. "Advisers reflected Mr. Obama’s own conflicting impulses on how to respond to the forces unleashed by the Arab Spring: whether to side with those battling authoritarian governments or to avoid the risk of becoming enmeshed in another messy war in the Middle East.” A lot has happened since the United States went into ostrich mode, sticking its head in the sand to avoid all contact with the outside world while we proceeded to embarrass ourselves mightily over the shutdown. First, Assad's chemical-weapons stockpile is being dismantled on schedule . United Nations inspectors expect to finish the job by November 1. The United States and ten other countries are planning...

Daily Meme: Obamacare's Oops Moment

The Affordable Care Act's debutante party has been somewhat of a disaster. Somehow, even the calculators on the website where people are supposed to sign up for the legislation's health-care exchanges are broken. Calculators! In a Rose Garden address yesterday, Obama said no one was " madder than [him] " about his signature legislative achievement’s technical snafus, but also reminded the country that "we did not wage this long and contentious battle just around a Web site." Although the White House did learn a valuable lesson. If you're unveiling a big, shiny new thing and days before its debut it crashes horribly , you should probably delay its release. More money would have helped too. Republicans are starting to call for Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelieus's head ( Here's a preview of the questioning she's likely to face in her hearing before Congress later this month. The White House is calling in every programmer they can find to try and fix the website's...

Daily Meme: Immigration Reform, Take Two. Or Five.

The shutdown is over, and American politics is back to its usual state of stasis. Will Congress turn its head back toward passing comprehensive immigration reform, or did our two-week vacation kill it? It looks like everyone's favorite House Republicans haven't decided to stop using the only strategy in their toolbox . "I know the president has said, well, gee, now this is the time to talk about immigration reform. He ain't gonna get a willing partner in the House until he actually gets serious about ... his plan to deal with the debt." And those who aren't harping on the debt, harp on the fact that if this fails, it's obviously the president's fault. To wit, Marco Rubio: “The president has undermined this effort, absolutely , because of the way he has behaved over the last three weeks. This notion that they’re going to get in a room and negotiate a deal with the president on immigration is much more difficult to do…because of the way the president has behaved towards his opponents...

Daily Meme: But What Does It Mean for 2016?

We all knew it was coming. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a political battle in possession of much media attention must be in want of presidential election analysis. Even if said election is still years away. As CNN says, "The vote to end the shutdown took place in October 2013, but it may provide some clues about the 2016 race for the White House." Or, as MSNBC puts it , "Listen to the would-be candidates’ rhetoric and look at their positions, and you’ll see the outlines of each man’s “story” beginning to emerge." Sigh. Not that the Republicans candidates' behavior is helping temper the media's election-happy nature. So, what does the shutdown mean for 2016? CNN seems to think that by being completely absent from the shutdown issue (because, you know, she wasn't involved ) Hillary Clinton comes out of this a total winner. In fact, political prognosticators seem to think all the potential candidates outside the mechanics of the beltway were the biggest winners of the...

Daily Meme: The Shutdown's Over. So ... What's Next?

Late last night, our 16-day long national nightmare came to a close . Furloughed workers are back to the grind, national parks re-opened, and we can once again see baby pandas all hours of the day. There is much consensus that Republicans will hurt most in the two-week standoff's aftermath. The polling supports that frame . "Does this mean that Republicans would enter into another shutdown standoff with no fear?" Dave Weigel asks. "That’s not how they look at it. They view any attempt to blame them for the shutdown, and not the president, as media bias in concentrate. This shutdown proved them right, and they’ll carry that knowledge into the budget battle." Amy Davidson agrees. " This is not an end to the drama of Republican dissension." (Although some Republicans in Congress would rather we never mentioned this mess ever again. Says Senator Lisa Murkowski, “I’m trying to forget it. Here we are. Here we are. We predicted it. Nobody wanted it to be this way. ”) One thing to be...

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