Last Friday, the Prospect launched its new breakfast series to bring together top journalists and political leaders. The first guest was Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The 16 journalists included six Prospect writers and editors, along with: James Fallows and Josh Green of The Atlantic; columnists Jules Witcover and Marie Cocco; Walter Shapiro of Salon.com; Paul Glastris and Zack Roth of The Washington Monthly; Ellen Ratner of Talk Radio News Service; Ari Berman of The Nation; Josh Orton of Air America Radio; and Terence Samuel of AOL.com. The conversation lasted just short of one hour and was entirely on the record. The transcript follows. Next month's breakfast will probably feature Nancy Pelosi.
Today and tomorrow, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee considers John Bolton's nomination to the post of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Why is he meeting such opposition? Here, a compilation of the Prospect's coverage of Bush's new diplomat.
American Prospect Executive Editor Michael Tomasky announced today that the Prospect has hired Joe Conason to serve in a new position as the magazine's Investigative Editor. Conason, the well-known investigative journalist, political columnist, and best-selling author, will oversee the Prospect's new emphasis on investigative reporting. He will assign, edit, and write articles, and he will join the magazine formally on January 24.
Beginning at 5:53 tonight, the TAP emergency summit conference on the foreign policy crisis, held last Tuesday and Wesndesay and featuring Wesley Clark, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Theodore Sorensen, and many more, will be rebroadcast. The speeches by Clark and Brzezinski are two of the most effective challenges to America's current foreign policy that we've heard.
The news that Rush Limbaugh will be spending the month trying to kick his OxyContin habit provides a tempting opportunity to kick a thug while he's down. Rush, after all, told his audience just eight years ago that "we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. And the laws are good because we know what happens to people in societies and neighborhoods which become consumed by them. And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up."