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.
Joanne Kenenreports that despite political and financial hurdles, Connecticut is moving forward with its own state-level public option:
After several years of debate about expanding coverage, a couple of gubernatorial vetoes, and assorted false starts, Connecticut in 2009 created "SustiNet" -- a framework for what could become a state insurance plan as early as 2012, two years before the state's insurance exchange is up and running as part of national reform. Once the exchange is in place, individuals and small businesses will be able to choose between SustiNet and one of the commercial health plans.
JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
Forget Joe the Plumber. America has a new working-class hero: Steven Slater. The 39-year-old JetBlue flight attendant got into a tiff with a disobedient passenger who, after refusing to sit down as the plane taxied, accidentally hit Slater in the head with a bag. Slater took to the plane's intercom system.
"To the passenger who just called me a motherfucker: fuck you. I've been in this business 28 years and I've had it," Slater said before grabbing some beer from the plane's galley and making his getaway via the inflatable emergency chute. (Slater perhaps misspoke -- he has been a flight attendant for 20 years.) Police later arrested Slater at his home in Queens and charged him with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and trespassing.
On this week's podcast from The American Prospect, Monica Potts, Tim Fernholz, and Jamelle Bouie discuss what Tuesday’s primaries augur for the future and whether far-left loonies are ruining the Obama presidency.
Today's decision striking down Proposition 8 in the federal court challenge to California's gay-marriage ban is a morale boost for same-sex-marriage supporters who've seen stinging defeats in Maine and New York over the past year. But the celebration will be short-lived. Prop. 8 supporters already have an appeal ready, so the fate of marriage equality in the Golden State will ultimately be decided by the appeals courts. Still, the trial court's 136-page order is remarkable for its legal breadth and its stunning rebuke to the reasoning and motives of same-sex-marriage opponents.