Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect and The Daily Beast, is a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at Columbia University. Her work on politics, women’s issues, and education has appeared in BusinessWeek, Slate, The New Republic, and The Nation.

Recent Articles

The Wrong Side of the Mommy Track

The Good Wife? More like The Get Back to Work Wife. CBS' new drama is less about political marriage and more about a generation of opt-out women who are headed back to work.

Julianna Margulies, left, stars in the upcoming CBS political drama, 'The Good Wife.'(CBS)

The Good Wife, a new drama on CBS, plays a neat trick: It convinces viewers that it is a show about a political wife in the aftermath of a sex scandal. And in a surface sort of way, it is: In the delicious first sequence, in which the embattled state's attorney announces his resignation after being videotaped in bed with hookers, we're treated to Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), the "good wife" in question, slapping her husband across the face, just beyond the sight of the probing cameras. What woman wouldn't have loved to see Silda smack Eliot, or Elizabeth pummel John?

Taylor Branch on the Clintons.

Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning civil rights historian, is releasing a new book this month called The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President. A friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton dating back to their days on the McGovern campaign in Texas, Branch and President Clinton recorded hundreds of hours of interviews together over the 8-year course of the Clinton presidency, often in the middle of the night.

Obama, David Paterson, and Democratic Party-Building.

Although Barack Obama is the president of the United States, it's often easy to forget he is also the national leader of the Democratic Party, with his stubbornly bipartisan strategy on almost every policy issue. Not so yesterday. I was in New York, and the front pages of the Times, Daily News, and New York Post all screamed the news that Obama has sent word asking flailing Gov. David Paterson not to run for re-election.

Integrate Expectations

The Obama administration is pressuring suburbs to end segregated housing but ignoring their history of segregated schools.

Dwayne Collins, president of the local NAACP on Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, following federal judge's decision reversing a 30-year-old order requiring busing to achieve racial balance in the school system. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Francisco Kjolseth)

In the popular imagination, Westchester County, just north of New York City, is a land of endless picket fences and backyard swimming pools. My hometown of Ossining, New York, is where John Cheever, chronicler of white suburban malaise, lived and set some of his stories. On cable TV's Mad Men, Ossining is depicted as a bedroom community where wives ride horses, husbands drown their sexual frustrations in after-work cocktails, and children attend lily-white schools.

The Baucus Plan Punishes Single People -- Especially Single Moms.

I want to say a little more about the "free rider" provision in the Baucus health plan, which Tim highlighted this morning. The HELP Committee and House bills require most employers to provide health insurance for their workers. But the Baucus plan does not include such an employer mandate. Instead, it requires companies to partially reimburse the government for the insurance affordability credits of uninsured workers and their dependents.

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