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  • Vol. 19 No. 5
    April 2008

    Columns

    • Maverick or Manueverer?

      Mark Schmitt

      John McCain has enjoyed a reputation for "authenticity" because of his commitment to "reform." But this reputation is evidence of Washington's sadly twisted standards, not McCain's virtue.
    • Business as Usury

      Thomas Geoghegan

      Before Congress goes after bank misdeeds on Wall Street, let's stop the petty theft on Main Street -- predatory mortgages and usurious loans. Had we protected the poor and the weak, the problems of our mighty banks might not be so great.
    • Lullaby of Baghdad

      Paul Starr

      Are we winning the Iraq war, or is what little progress we have achieved actually an illusion?
    • Listening to Iraq

      Ann Friedman

      The news coverage of the Iraq War almost always ignores the daily lives of ordinary Iraqis. Seeking out those personal stories could help us understand the war's human cost.

    Culture

    • Multiculture Club

      Amanda Marcotte

      "Kids these days" belong to the most diverse generation America has ever had. No wonder they like music that blends sounds from all around the world.
    • Religiously Equal?

      Peter Steinfels

      In her new book, philosophical titan Martha Nussbaum questions the separation between church and state, arguing that constitutional law has more often derived from prejudice than principle.
    • Rules of Attack

      William Galston

      Did September 11 signal the end of liberal internationalism -- the polestar of American foreign policy from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton -- as the Bush administration claims?

    Departments

    • The Undocumented American Dream

      Courtney Martin

      A new anthology of autobiographical stories written by undocumented immigrant college students serves as a reminder that we're neglecting some of the country's best and brightest.
    • Correspondence

      The Editors

      A message from the Executive Editor and readers' responses to articles by Spencer Ackerman, Art Levine, and David Bacon.
    • Up Front

      The Editors

      Black Republicans, Dee Dee Myers on gender-based discrimination in the Clinton administration, Perino's absurdities, Norquist says fuel efficiency kills, liberalism as mental illness, and T.A. Frank's parody.

    Special Report

    Online Extras

    Features

    • The Green Gap

      Kate Sheppard

      As the number of green-collar jobs rises, pioneering activists are working to ensure that many of those jobs go to inner-city residents.
    • How We Got Into This Mess

      Damon Silvers

      Trade, the war on unions, and underfunded schools all lowered wages. Cheap credit propped us up -- but now the debt is due. Herewith, a national economic strategy to turn America around.
    • Bubble and Bail

      Kevin Phillips

      For most of the 20th century, America manufactured things. For the past 30 years, though, it has chiefly manufactured debt. Wall Street, with the aid of both political parties, gravely damaged the economy.
    • Good Jobs for Americans Who Help Americans

      Robert Kuttner

      Human services is the fastest-growing labor market. Here's how to restore middle-class earnings by making every human-service job a good job.
    • The Militarist

      Matthew Yglesias

      Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain may protest that he hates war, but no American leader has promoted it more avidly. McCain is not only the most hawkish neocon on the horizon; he genuinely sees war as America's most ennobling enterprise.
  • Vol. 19 No. 4
    March 2008

    Columns

    • Is the Game About to Stop?

      Robert Reich

      American consumers no longer have the buying power to absorb the goods and services the U.S. economy is capable of producing.
    • Obama-ism Without Obama

      Mark Schmitt

      Obama's campaign shows how a democracy-minded reform movement and community organizing have transformed the Democratic Party. Like Reagan, Obama is as much a product of a movement as the creator of one.
    • A Headache for Workers

      Dana Goldstein

      The Department of Labor is considering a change to the Family and Medical Leave Act that would single out employees with chronic illnesses.
    • New President, New Crisis

      Robert Kuttner

      The financial economy is a confidence game and nobody wants to be the Cassandra who triggers the crash. But we need to address the fact that the next president will face an economic crisis unlike any since 1933.

    Culture

    • Farewell to Arms

      Jay Winter

      In his new book Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, James Sheehan tries to account for the astonishing transformation of Europe that has come with the death of the warfare state.
    • Farewell to Arms

      Jay Winter

    • No Art for Oil

      Kriston Capps

      In search of something beyond the New York art scene, Robert Smithson landed at Utah's Great Salt Lake, where he created Spiral Jetty amid abandoned oil derelicts. Now his deliberately noncommercial work is at risk of disruption by the return of oil drilling.
    • The Manufacture of Uncertainty

      Chris Mooney

      In his new book, Doubt is Their Product, David Michaels describes how the corporate practice of "manufacturing uncertainty" has taken over our regulatory system and undermined our health.
    • The Simplification Dodge

      Robert Kuttner

      Why is the tax code so impenetrable? It's all those tax breaks for the rich.
    • From Fantasy to Fiasco

      Michael Lind

      The convergence of conservative nationalists and neoconservatives within the Bush administration, and the deadly fantasies it spawned.

    Departments

    Online Extras

    • Art, Nature, and Industry

      Kyle Winslow

      TAP talks to Lynn de Freitas of Friends of Great Salt Lake and Nancy Holt, artist Robert Smithson's widow, about the proposed drilling near Smithson's famous earth art sculpture, Spiral Jetty.

    Features

    • The Next President and the Middle East

      Daniel Levy

      To keep the world's tinder box from exploding even more violently, George W. Bush's successor is going to have to pursue a radically different Middle Eastern policy. Some policy pointers: Get out of Iraq. Work with (some) Islamists. Create the Palestinian state. Thereby, undercut al-Qaeda.
    • Populism Rising

      Robert Borosage

      Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton may be neophyte class warriors, but their populism is more than just rhetorical -- and must be, if the Democrats are to win the election and govern successfully.
    • The Republican War on Voting

      Art Levine

      Using the Department of Justice, friendly governors, and its usual propaganda outlets, the GOP has propagated the myth of voter fraud to purge the rolls of non-Republicans.
    • The Obama Doctrine

      Spencer Ackerman

      Barack Obama is offering the most sweeping liberal foreign-policy critique we've heard from a serious presidential contender in decades. But will voters buy it?
  • Vol. 19 No. 3
    March 2008

    Columns

    • Bringing the Race to Closure

      Paul Starr

      Here's what the Democrats could do to prevent the race for the nomination from stretching into late summer and turning into an ugly donnybrook in Denver.
    • Going Nowhere Fast

      Thomas Geoghegan

      Every week, it seems, it's taking another minute or so to get from point A to point B. What happened to public transportation? It seems obvious that we should invest in high-speed rail and mass transit, but we don't.
    • Our Senate Problem

      Mark Schmitt

      The Senate is where ambitious presidencies die. To be effective, the next Democratic president will need to bring in new senators, make subtle institutional changes, and engineer cross-party alliances.
    • Solidarity Politics

      Ann Friedman

      After so many years with "white male" as the default political identity, we're all suddenly forced to think about how much a candidate's race, gender, and background should matter.

    Culture

    • Power Grab

      Tara McKelvey

      Two new books, one by a Boston Globe reporter, the other by the former head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, recount the Bush administration's efforts to expand the presidential powers at the expense of the law.
    • Accounting for Kristol

      Eric Alterman

      What was The New York Times thinking when it hired neocon propagandist Bill Kristol for its op-ed pages?
    • Zealots of Our Time

      David Greenberg

      In his new book, They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons, Jacob Heilbrunn examines the state of the neoconservative movement in the wake of the Iraq War.

    Departments

    Special Report

    Online Extras

    Features

    • Can the Democrats Think Big?

      Robert Kuttner

      With the economic crisis becoming more dire by the day, Democrats will win on pocketbook issues only if they recover the imagination and nerve to offer remedies on a scale equal to the problems.
    • Black and Brown Together

      David Bacon

      In Mississippi, African American leaders are the foremost champions of the state's growing Latino immigrant population. Some day soon, they hope, the new alliance will transform the state's reactionary politics.
    • Black Hawk's Gamble

      Tara McKelvey

      Black Hawk is one of three Colorado towns that decided to allow limited-stakes gambling. Residents have learned the hard way that the house always wins.
    • Politicians Bet the Farm

      Barbara Dreyfuss

      Faced with tough budget decisions, many states are turning to gambling as an answer to their economic woes. But most end up getting far more than they bargained for.
    • The 2008 Veepstakes

      The Editors

      Who should round out the Democratic ticket? Prospect writers and editors weigh the merits and demerits of some of the oft-mentioned contenders.
    • The Democrats' Choice: Manager or Visionary

      Ezra Klein

      Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have two different approaches to fixing the economy, and the country. It's less about what to do than how to do it.
  • Vol. 19 No. 1
    January 2008

    Columns

    • Cool Warriors

      Mark Schmitt

      The strength of postwar liberalism was not its tough stance against Communism but its deep, nuanced vision of American leadership. Thankfully, that vision is also held by today's Democratic leaders.
    • Pronouncing Our Own Doom

      Thomas Geoghegan

      It's strange that the incarceration rate is not as big an issue in the U.S. now as it was in Dostoevsky's Russia, not to mention Dickens' England. When will the United States wake up to the problem of our growing prison population?
    • Reparations Anxiety

      Dana Goldstein

      Brown University announced that it will give a $10 million endowment to local public schools to atone for its involvement in the slave trade. But reparations alone will not address the ongoing segregation of the American education system.
    • The Long and the Short

      Harold Meyerson

      Covering the unfolding presidential race while also looking ahead to the challenges that will face the Democrats if they win the White House.

    Culture

    Departments

    Features

  • Vol. 18 No. 11
    December 2007

    Columns

    • Paying For It

      Robert Reich

      The consequence of fiscal austerity and unwillingness to raise taxes on the rich is that America doesn't have the means to lift the bottom half. So what are leading Democrats prescribing? More of the same.
    • This Is Murder?

      Sarah Blustain

      A 30-year-old mother with a history of dug abuse is charged with first and second degree murder after her child is stillborn.Is prosecuting her really the solution?
    • Look Back in Awe

      Mark Schmitt

      Even baby boom liberals who spent their youth in rebellion against the tranquilized 1950s have become homesick for its virtues.
    • Hold that Tax

      Paul Starr

      Social Security does not face an urgent crisis, and its problems do not need to be addressed now by a tax increase.

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