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.
The five TAP pieces that have made a stir around the web this week. " A Guide to the Kagan Smears " " Sargent on Weigel " " The Obama Era's Climate Fight " " Chait Bait: World Cup As Popular As World Series " " Another Culture War? No Thanks "
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. ( Flickr/ The Harvard Law Record )
Annie Tsao talks 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. KEEP READING. . .
Libertarian Brink Lindsey critiques 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. KEEP READING. . .
Obama 's immigration speech this morning at American University in Northwest D.C. was prompted by recognition that, with the outcry over Arizona's SB 1070 , the politics of immigration are shifting. This was Obama's first major policy speech on the issue -- and while he reframed the debate as one not solely about border security, but also about the benefits of immigration and problems with our naturalization laws, he set no timetable for immigration reform. The speech was, in other words, more about politics than about policy. Consider how he highlighted his administration's increase in border personnel. This strategy has been advocated by some immigrant-rights supporters: Be tough on enforcement to cudgel Republicans into supporting comprehensive reform. As I have argued in the past, the danger is that it paints economically desperate people as criminals, making comprehensive immigration reform less likely. Moreover, the long health-care and financial-reform battles mean the...