Gabriel Arana

Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.

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The Power to Act.

Ann O'Leary says there is well-established legal authority for much stronger presidential action to promote good jobs : The authority for presidential executive orders was addressed by the courts only in 1952 when the Supreme Court struck down President Harry Truman 's executive order in which he seized the country's steel mills to avoid a threatened strike in the midst of the Korean War. In Y oungstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer , the Court held that Truman had no authority to seize the mills and instructed that the president's authority to issue an order "must stem from an act of Congress or from the Constitution itself." KEEP READING …

Sweatshop Army.

David Moberg asks why the Pentagon uses low-road companies to feed and clothe our troops : Every year the federal government spends half a trillion dollars on contracts for goods and services from private companies like Wornick. The total workforce of those companies -- including workers not on federal contracts -- accounts for 22 percent of American workers. And according to David Madland , director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress, the military spends 69 percent of those contract dollars. KEEP READING …

The TAP Five.

The five TAP pieces that have made a stir around the Web this week. " Homegrown Mujahideen " " No, YOU Want Sharia " " They're With Stupid " " The Case for Presidential Action " " The Impending Democratic Bloodbath "

The Path to a High-Wage Society.

Peter Dreier says the explosion of low-wage jobs is due, for the most part, to the declining bargaining power of America's employees : A good job means one that pays enough to allow a family to buy or rent a decent home, put food on the table and clothes on their backs, afford health insurance and child care, send the kids to college, take a yearly vacation, and retire with dignity. A good job means that two parents don't have to juggle three jobs to stay afloat, and that they still have time to spend with their kids. KEEP READING …

The Case for Presidential Action.

Robert Kuttner says there is a lot the administration can do without legislation : What can government do about these trends? Some would say not much -- this is supposedly the verdict of the free market. With globalization, more than a billion workers in Asia are willing to perform jobs once done by Americans, at far lower wages. Yet this shift is better understood as globalization undermining the power of wage and salary workers, worldwide, to capture a fair share of what they produce. KEEP READING …