Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast. To contact him, visit his website.
As the National Education Association wraps up its annual meeting today in New Orleans, the rift between the Obama administration and the teachers unions is becoming ever more apparent. As the Timesreports, this year's meeting included no token speaker from the Department of Education, which has sparked disagreement from the unions over programs like "Race to the Top," a $4.5 billion competitive-grant fund that requires teachers to be judged based on student test scores.
Elena Kagan when she was dean of Harvard Law School, seated next to Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female justice of the Supreme Court, October 2008. Kagan completed her Senate testimony for her Supreme Court nomination this week.
Annie Tsaotalks to the founder of Wolfe Video, the largest distributor of gay and lesbian films in North America.
What is your take on the state of gay and lesbian representation in the media, and how do you envision it changing in the future?
You know, the fact that we've had success doesn't represent success throughout the media. I think, as gay people, we don't really have proportional representation on television. Maybe there's a couple of shows, like Will and Grace or something, but 99 percent of TV viewing and acting has been all straight. We're making headway in terms of people understanding that being lesbian and gay is just a part of life, but I think we still have work to do.
LibertarianBrink Lindseycritiques a call from the right for a showdown on economics:
Let me make it clear at the outset: When it comes to specific questions of economic policy, Arthur Brooks and I probably agree on a great deal. Indeed, I'd bet that my opinions are much closer to his than they are to the typical reader of The American Prospect. I thought that the stimulus bill was, by and large, a waste of money, and the takeover of General Motors and Chrysler, a travesty. I opposed the recent health-care legislation and the climate bill and card-check legislation. Hey, I'm a vice president at the Cato Institute, so none of this should come as a big surprise.