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

Morning Must-Read: Domestic Violence (Still) a Pre-Existing Condition.

The White House and allies are trying to build support for health reform by emphasizing exactly how horrific insurance company discrimination against "pre-existing conditions" can be. One example: In Washington, D.C. and eight states, domestic violence is considered a pre-existing condition. And as Ryan Grim reports at the Huffington Post , one of the Republicans in the influential Gang of Six, Mike Enzi , has a history of support for insurance companies' discrimination against domestic violence victims: Under the cold logic of the insurance industry, it makes perfect sense: If you are in a marriage with someone who has beaten you in the past, you're more likely to get beaten again than the average person and are therefore more expensive to insure. In human terms, it's a second punishment for a victim of domestic violence. In 2006, Democrats tried to end the practice. An amendment introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), now a member of leadership, split the Health Education Labor...

On Health Reform, Pro-Choicers Still Playing Defense.

Abortion access after health reform: I've been on this beat for several months now, and it's interesting to see how the debate has evolved . It's clear now the GOP is determined to use health reform to restrict private insurance coverage of abortion, even though 87 percent of employer-provided plans currently offer some abortion access. This is not "maintaining the status quo." Democrats and pro-choice advocates have already agreed -- against many of their better judgments -- not to tamper with the status quo. They have pledged to maintain, in reform, all the existing restrictions on government funding of abortion for federal employees, women in the military, women on Medicaid, Peace Corps volunteers, and women in prison. Conservatives want to push that status quo significantly to the right by using limited government subsidies as a justification for interfering with the private market's coverage decisions. Democratic Rep. Lois Capps has responded with legislation that would allow...

J Street, the Obama Moment, and the Jewish (Far) Left.

There was a brouhaha last week in Toronto. The city's International Film Festival was subject to a protest from dozens of high-profile filmmakers, actors, artists, and writers -- including Danny Glover , Naomi Klein , Viggo Mortensen , Jane Fonda , Eve Ensler , and Howard Zinn -- who objected to the event's selection of Tel Aviv as a sister city. The petition, promoted by Jewish Voices for Peace , stated : The emphasis on 'diversity' in City to City is empty given the absence of Palestinian filmmakers in the program. Furthermore, what this description does not say is that Tel Aviv is built on destroyed Palestinian villages, and that the city of Jaffa, Palestine’s main cultural hub until 1948, was annexed to Tel Aviv after the mass exiling of the Palestinian population. This program ignores the suffering of thousands of former residents and descendants of the Tel Aviv/Jaffa area who currently live in refugee camps in the Occupied Territories or who have been dispersed to other...

Why is the Sky Blue?

If you believe Jewish Americans are single-issue voters, and that issue is support for the Israeli occupation, then it makes sense to ask, as Norman Podhoretz does in a new book and Commentary symposium, " Why are Jews Liberal ?" But this is a fundamental misreading of the political commitments of American Jews, 92 percent of whom describe issues other than Israel as their primary concern. According to one election season poll , the top two issues for American Jews are the economy and the Iraq war. In his Times Magazine profile of J-Street, a PAC seeking to advance progressive views on Israel, James Traub does a good job of describing the difficulty of representing the political opinions of "the dispassionate many" on Israel, as opposed to the "passionate few" represented by AIPAC. So in one sense, Jewish neo-cons will always have a voice louder than more typical Jews when it comes to Israel, because they simply care much more. That doesn't mean they represent the community. Why are...

The 9/11 Curriculum.

When I read in the Washington Post this morning that a new 9/11 history curriculum -- created by victims' families -- is being debuted in a handful of high schools around the country, I was skeptical. The curriculum relies heavily on emotional video interviews with 9/11 survivors. Will that really give teenagers too young to remember the attacks a sense of their political and historical impact? So I downloaded a few of the lesson plans, and I have to say, I'm cautiously impressed. The curriculum includes a 30 year history of American involvement in Afghanistan, and discusses Osama bin Laden 's evolution from an American ally into the leader of Al-Qaeda. In one exercise , students are introduced to five possible foreign policy responses to terrorism: Unilateralism, multilateralism, isolationism, hard power, and soft power. They are asked to share their gut impressions of each idea, and then read defenses of each, including President Bush 's 2002 West Point commencement address and an...

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