Chris Mooney

Chris Mooney is a Prospect senior correspondent and, most recently, author of Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatened Our Future (with Sheril Kirshenbaum).

Recent Articles

Idea Log:

It seems that Bill McKibben, the leading enviro author of The End of Nature, might have had Idea Log at least partly in mind when he wrote his latest New York Times op-ed "Unlikely Allies Against Cloning." Defending what he calls a "broad coalition of environmentalists, feminists and other progressives" who have joined religious conservatives to oppose reproductive and therapeutic human cloning, McKibben closed by dissing the "scar[ed] border guards" who have criticized this unexpected politica

Editor's Desk:

Dear Readers,

I just couldn't keep this one from you.

As any liberal publication might, The American Prospect has had its bumpy times with the right's radio megastar Rush Limbaugh. In case you don't recall, Limbaugh "outlink">got his dander up last summer when I implicated him in a campaign to demonize Tom Daschle. There are numerous other examples.

Idea Log:

Last weekend on CBS's Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer asked Utah Senator Orrin Hatch -- the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee -- why liberal groups had so vehemently opposed the nomination of Judge Charles Pickering for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It's the kind of question Hatch has been getting a lot lately, but his response on this occasion was rather puzzling.

Editor's Desk:

Dear Readers,

Last week I posted a note to all of you about the new look of TAP Online, and the new frequency of posts thereon. I said, among other things, that we were going to bring the site into the 24-hour news cycle. I also promised that we were well on our way to becoming an online clearinghouse of liberal opinion and perspective -- fresh and unpredictable -- that you were going to want to come back to and check every day.

Idea Log:

There's an odd moment in the latest Vietnam flick, We Were Soldiers, in which Mel Gibson's character prays with one of his young soldiers (Chris Klein) before shipping off to war. Kneeling at a pew with Klein, Gibson thoughtfully notes that their enemies in battle will be praying, too. He then implores God to "ignore their heathen prayers and help us blow those little bastards straight to hell."

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