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.
Both Alaska and Washington alike have been trying to figure out why popular Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski failed to soundly defeat Joe Miller, a previously unknown Tea Party candidate, in Tuesday's primary. Even though Murkowski has had consistently high approval ratings in the state, Miller leads the senator by about 1,600 votes in a race that won't be called until all the absentee ballots are tallied in September.
On this week's podcast from The American Prospect, Ann Friedman, Jamelle Bouie, and Gabriel Arana discuss the phenomenon of “extended adolescence” for those in their 20s, the oil-drilling moratorium’s impact on jobs, and new restrictions being placed on abortion in Alaska.