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 Little Picture: Bike Force One.

(AP/Carolyn Kaster) President Barack Obama on a family bike ride with his family on Martha's Vineyard. Happy Friday.

The Anti-Incumbency Narrative Travels North.

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. In the meantime, the two big stories that have emerged about the election involve Sarah Palin and anti-incumbency . I've already gotten into how opinion of Palin among Alaskan conservatives isn't monolithic -- she has her base, but there are still a lot of people who were disappointed by her final performance as governor. So I don't have much more to add beyond pointing out that one of Miller's biggest endorsements came from Anchorage talk-radio host Dan Fagan , who urged Republicans to "vote for Joe despite Sarah." As for whether the contagion that is anti-incumbency...

The Little Picture: Pulling Ahead.

(Flickr/ megwhitman2010 ) California's Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman . The most recent Rasmussen Reports poll finds that Whitman has pulled ahead of Democratic challenger Jerry Brown , whom she had been trailing. She now leads by 8 points.

TAP's Take: Those 20-Somethings.

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. Listen Now: Articles referred to: " What is it About 20-Somethings? " The New York Times " Musings From a 20-Something ," Jamelle Bouie " Job Losses Over Drilling Ban Fail to Materialize ," The New York Times To download the mp3 directly, click here . We're now on iTunes! Click "subscribe" to the right to get TAP's Take automatically delivered to your iTunes library every week!

You Don't Have to be Gay to Do the Right Thing.

On one hand it's a good thing that former RNC Chair and Bush's 2004 campaign manager Ken Mehlman came out of the closet , the most prominent Republican to do so thus far. I of course applaud anyone who comes out, even if they've been comfortable with their sexual orientation personally for some time. Some people treat being gay like it's a dirty secret, a "private matter" that shouldn't be mentioned in polite company, but in addition to the fact that straight people freely parade their sexuality all over the place, keeping mum about your sexual orientation helps gay people remain the invisible targets of discrimination. Statistics show that someone is more likely to support gay rights if he or she knows someone gay personally -- and vice versa -- so one can only hope that having a prominent Republican come out will help, at least in a small way, the party move away from its virulently anti-gay agenda. However, as critics have pointed out, Mehlman stood by idly as the Bush...

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