Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect, comes from a family of public school educators. She received the Spencer Fellowship in Education Journalism, a Schwarz Fellowship at the New America Foundation, and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellowship at the Nation Institute. Her journalism is regularly featured in SlateThe AtlanticThe NationThe Daily Beast, and other publications, and she is a staff writer at the Marshall Project. 

Recent Articles


SHEEHAN V. PELOSI. Speaking of impeachment , Cindy Sheehan , the antiwar activist and mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq, says that unless Nancy Pelosi files articles of impeachment against George W. Bush , she will run against her for Congress in 2008. Guess Sheehan isn't out of the movement afterall. Sheehan is a master of political theater -- one of the only ones we have. But the question is, is she effective? --Dana Goldstein


MY CHILD/SIBLING. The debate between reproductive health advocates and the disability rights community is usually framed as a question of how far medicine can ethically go to prevent disability without further stigmatizing the disabled. There is deep concern , for example, about the fact that 90 percent of expectant parents who receive a definitive prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are choosing to terminate their pregnancies. Here's a new ethical quandary : The mother of a Canadian girl born with Turner's syndrome, a genetic condition that results in infertility, has frozen her own eggs for possible future use by her daughter. Of course, if the girl does want children someday, she will have the option of either using these eggs or taking another route, such as adoption. Though sister-sister egg donation is relatively common, this is the first time a mother has donated to a child. And there's concern that having your mother also be your sister could cause "genealogical bewilderment...


SPRAWL BEGETS FORECLOSURE. Apropos of recent debates about suburban sprawl -- do we encourage it through bad incentives or are the suburbs just gosh darn nice places to live -- The New York Times reports on rising home foreclosures in Atlanta (albeit, without mentioning the area's runaway growth , acknowledged by just about everyone concerned about contemporary cities, even Georgia's Republican former governor, Roy Barnes ). There's been a 212 percent increase in forclosures in Atlanta's Fulton County, and 13 counties in the metro region have been in violation of the Clean Air Act. It's a landscape bad for pocketbooks, bad for the environment, and great for the auto and oil industries. --Dana Goldstein


PRISON ABOLITIONISTS AND PARIS HILTON. Why, asks Jeremy Bearer-Friend at WireTap , didn't progressives do more with the Paris -goes-to jail story? The travesty wasn't only that a celebrity white woman was treated differently by the California police and courts than poor people of color. Rather, no one's substance abuse problem should be answered with incarceration. It's a strategy that just doesn't work . And the anti-Paris frenzy was another example of our society's knee-jerk zeal for putting more and more people in jail. -- Dana Goldstein


FORTUNE -ATE HRC? As a confirmed skeptic of the idea that Hillary Clinton 's ties to Mark Penn indicate she'd be a bad president for organized labor, I felt it was my duty to pick up the July 9th issue of Fortune (article not online), which screams from the cover, "Business Loves Hillary! Who Knew?" Since the magazine is Fortune , it's unsurprising that there's no mention of unions at all in the piece, though there's plenty of other interesting tidbits, including the story of Clinton's successful efforts to woo Morgan Stanley's Republican CEO, John Mack , into her camp. Mack and other one-time Bush-loving corporate execs endorsing Hillary, including Jeffrey Volk of Citigroup and former American Express CEO James D. Robinson III , praise her experience and free trade bona fides, of course, but also speak glowingly of her plan to cut health care costs. And touching on our tax/revenues discussion from yesterday, Fortune 's Nina Easton writes: ...GOP foes are bemused by the trend. "A lot...