Alexandra Gutierrez

Alexandra Gutierrez is a reporter based in the Aleutian Islands. She is also former associate Web editor of The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

The Little Picture: It's Kagan.

Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan sits with the late Justice Thurgood Marshall , for whom she clerked.

The Stark Reality of Defense Contracting.

Robert Farley and Davida H. Isaacs get wonky on Iron Man 2: In Iron Man 2 , billionaire industrialist Tony Stark ( Robert Downey Jr. ) risks billion-dollar pieces of equipment to impress guests at a birthday party -- a big mistake for a defense contractor. After all, Stark's reckless debauchery provides the perfect pretext for the U.S. government to take away his Iron Man suit. Explosions, tattoos, and Scarlett Johansson notwithstanding, the disputes between Tony Stark and his antagonists revolve around ownership of the rights to the Iron Man technology. Iron Man 2 is the most expensive movie ever made about an intellectual-property dispute. Comic-book writer Stan Lee envisioned Iron Man as the quintessential figure of American capitalism, a member in good standing of the military-industrial complex who fought both the Viet Cong and the Soviet super-villain consortium Crimson Dynamo. If Lee's goal was to have Iron Man fight against a country that failed to recognize individual...

The Little Picture: The White House and the Oil Mess.

Barack Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met yesterday to discuss the Gulf Coast oil disaster. (White House/Pete Souza)

The Little Picture: The "British Obama."

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg visits Watford to launch the 2010 General Election campaign, on April 6. The United Kingdom's general election will be held May 6. (Fishnik/Alex Folkes)