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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Recent Articles

Tuesday Twitter Talk: Obama Appointments.

Gays Needn't Depend on the Kindness of Presidents.

The Washington Post has a story today about the incremental changes the Obama administration has made on gay rights, including:

  • extending health-care and day-care benefits to gay couples;
  • barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in applying for federal housing;
  • including information about same-sex couples in the census;
  • and requiring hospitals to allow gays to visit their partners.

The piece praises the administration's piecemeal approach.

Hillary Lets the Cat out of the Bag.

After Hillary Clinton said on Ecuadorian television that the Justice Department "will bring a lawsuit" against Arizona over its new immigration-enforcement bill, a senior official in the Obama administration confirmed her remarks and said the department was finishing building its case. Earlier today the Justice Department said it was "continuing to review the law." Quick change of heart, huh?

Tuesday Twitter Talk: The Karate Kid.

Our weekly feature showing you how incisive and funny we can be in 140 characters. This week, Adam Serwer and the National Review Online's Dan Foster have a back-and-forth about the upcoming movie, The Karate Kid.


So, anyone else bothered by the new "Karate Kid" movie taking place in China and utilizing Kung Fu? #nerdcomplaints

Teaching for America's Elites.

There's a new policy brief showing that Teach for America teachers -- recent college grads plucked from elite schools -- don't do better than credentialed teachers when it comes to student test scores. And the reason is pretty straightforward: They're inexperienced and generally leave before they develop the skills to be effective educators. Before they're thrown in a classroom, TFAers get five weeks of training and over half leave upon completing their two-year commitment; 80 percent leave after three years.