Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

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Daily Meme: Remembering Nelson Mandela

South African President Jacob Zuma : "We've lost our greatest son." President Barack Obama : "Like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set. And so long as I live, I will do what I can to learn from him." Secretary of State John Kerry : “Nelson Mandela was a stranger to hate. He rejected recrimination in favor of reconciliation and knew the future demands we move beyond the past. He gave everything he had to heal his country and lead it back into the community of nations." Former President Bill Clinton : “His story will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion for human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation. We will remember him as a man of uncommon grace and compassion, for whom abandoning bitterness and embracing adversaries was not just a political strategy but a way of life." Desmond Tutu : "The sun will rise tomorrow, and the next day and the next. ... It may not appear as bright as yesterday, but life will...

Daily Meme: If at First You Don't Succeed...

Representative Doug Collins , on President Obama: “You got to go up there, and you just impeach him.” Senator James Inhofe , on President Obama: "People may be starting to use the I-word before too long." Former representative Dennis Kucinich , on President Obama: "President Obama moved forward without Congress approving. He didn’t have Congressional authorization, he has gone against the Constitution, and that’s got to be said ... I’m raising the question as to whether or not it’s an impeachable offense. It would appear on its face to be an impeachable offense." Former representative Dennis Kucinich , on President Bush: "I will once again bring a similar privileged resolution of Impeachment to the House. We must not only create an historical record of the misconduct of the Bush Administration but we must make sure that any future Administration is forewarned about the Constitutionally proscribed limits of executive authority and exercise of power contravening the Constitution."...

Daily Meme: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Being Angry about Christmas

It's December, which means that the myriad opinions on Obama's leadership style will soon morph into much miffedness over our country's lamentable inability to appreciate Christmas enough. The war might just be celebrating its centennial this year, according to an article from 1913 highlighting the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving's crusade against Christmas spending. Or was it the Puritans who started the war on Christmas? Or, gasp , the Founding Fathers ?! Regardless of its inception, the war has burst into the 21st century on a glorious wave of brutish, short fuses and Christmas tree taxes. Like the time a Nova Scotia logger who donated a tree to the city of Boston in 2005 said he'd rather shove the glorious conifer in a wood chipper than hear it be called a "holiday tree." Or the time Mark Steyn said, "Perhaps Santa Monica should adopt a less theocratic moniker and change its name to Satan Monica , as its interpretation of the separation of church and state seems to...

Daily Meme: Mission Unpassable

Congress has until December 13 to pass a budget. If they don't, we could have another shutdown when funding dries up on January 15. Given their track record of late (Exhibit A , B , and C ), this may be a tall order. Much of the media seems to agree. For example, this shade-throwing New York Times headline: " Underachieving Congress Appears in No Hurry to Change Things Now. " Once again leading the charge are Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan. Their budget prowess has won them the profile treatment in sessions past , if you want a dose of character study with your fiscal news. The two sides' biggest demands? Well, Democrats would like to see some of the sequester cuts on their favorite programs fade away—especially Head Start and low-income housing cuts. Republicans don't want to see any tax increases, and probably wouldn't mind if the defense cuts that went into effect after sequestration were banished. The worries about the deficit are a little funny...

Daily Meme: 'Tis the Season to Be Depressed about Low Wages

It's officially the holiday season, which means that many Americans are thinking about flooding stores to spend gobs of cash ... or wishing they had the money to go on a shopping spree and working a few extra shifts instead. Which means 'tis the season to talk about the minimum wage. Better late than never. Currently, half of American employees make less than $26,000 annually. As Alan Pyke at ThinkProgress points out , "If the minimum wage had grown at the same rate as the earnings of the top one percent of Americans the federal wage floor would be more than triple the current hourly minimum of $7.25. Instead, the minimum wage has been lower than a poverty wage ever since 1982." Another history lesson : "If you look back at America 30 years ago," according to Robert Reich, "most of your minimum wage workers were teenagers, or they were women who didn't have to work but actually had some spare time. Today, your typical low-wage or even minimum-wage worker is an adult over 25 years old...

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