On Friday, May 5, we held our fourth Prospect breakfast, this one featuring House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Among the guests were Michael Tomasky and Garance Franke-Ruta of The American Prospect ; columnist Marie Cocco; Ellen Ratner of Talk Radio News Service; Thomas Edsall of The Washington Post ; Ari Berman and David Corn of The Nation; Walter Shapiro of Salon.com; David Grossman of politicstv.com; Zack Roth of The Washington Monthly ; and Josh Orton of Air America Radio. Nancy Pelosi : Good morning, welcome. I'm delighted to have you here in the leader's office. I'm not going to speak for 10 minutes because I'm very eager to hear your questions. But I do want to say thank you to Michael for arranging this and thank you all for being here. Nice crowd and self-identified progressives -- good room. [inaudible] Marie Cocco : Everyone knows the number of seats that you need to take the House … well, that's what clearly I think is on everyone's mind here. Everyone knows the number of...
JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: NOT SO FAST. From our June print issue: Mike Tomasky assesses Peter Beinart 's new book, The Good Fight , and finds that, when it comes to Iraq, there are accounts still to be settled. -- The Editors
JUST POSTED ON TAP: WHO�S YOUR DADDY PARTY. Francis Wilkinson �s cover article on the end of the GOP masculinity monopoly is now online. The rest of the June issue is also available, and subscribers who prefer to print out the magazine can download the PDF here . --The Editors
JUST POSTED ON TAP: HOW TO AVOID A BLOG WAR. Garance offers some advice to the MSM. Also, those of you who missed the launch party for David Sirota �s new book " Hostile Takeover " may be interested in watching the event here . The American Prospect co-hosted the event with the AFL-CIO, and among the speakers was the Prospect �s Harold Meyerson . --The Editors
DEBATING VOTE BY MAIL. The Prospect put out a special report this month on Oregon's system of all-mail voting, which is serving as a model for efforts to spread mail voting in other states across the country. We then invited six experts and advocates, including former Oregon secretary of state Phil Keisling and avowed mail-voting opponent Curtis Gans of American University, to debate the issues raised in the report. The ensuing exchange was both lively and, given the subject matter, remarkably heated. For folks interested in electoral reform, it's not to be missed , and people should use this comments thread to weigh in with their own thoughts; participants in the exchange are interested in seeing them. --The Editors