Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: Obama v. Congress

Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for National Labor Relations Board v. Canning . The case, which kicks off the high court's big year of big cases has the potential to change the whole balance of power between the executive and legislative branches on recess appointments. The most recent iteration of President v. Congress on appointments started when Obama appointed Richard Cordray to lead the NLRB while the Senate was not in session. Republicans had been ... a little reticent, let's say, to give Cordray the thumbs up, so the president went ahead and did it himself, while adding two more people to the board too so it could finally have a quorum. The AP sums it all up as "a politically charged dispute that also is the first in the nation's history to explore the meaning of a provision of the Constitution known as the recess appointments clause. Under the provision, the president may make temporary appointments to positions that otherwise require confirmation by the...

Shooting in the Dark

The American Prospect/Jesse Lenz
We don’t know much about gun violence in America. We don’t know how many firearms are in the United States. We don’t know who owns them. We don’t know why gun violence has been on the decline for the past two decades. We don’t know how many people are the victims of nonfatal gunshot wounds. We don’t know how many guns are purchased over the Internet or at gun shows. And, most important for our country’s constant tug-of-war over the Second Amendment, we don’t know whether stringent gun policies work or whether it’s the more guns, the better. At a time when no topic seems too inane for scholarly inspection, it’s hard to come up with another aspect of American life about which we know so little. For the past 17 years, the federal government, the crucial quotient in advancing scientific inquiry in fields from public health to space exploration to stem cells, has been terrified to fund gun research. The successful campaigns of the...

Daily Meme: America's Longest War

"Unless the grim chain [of unemployment and lack of education] can be broken, a second generation coming of age in Appalachia will fall into the same dismal life —a life that protects them from starvation but deprives them of self-respect and hope." So wrote LIFE Magazine in 1964, as the War on Poverty was declared and income inequality became one of society's chief ills. Unfortunately, this sentence, 50 years old, feels timeless. By many measures, life has improved dramatically in the United States since LBJ 's presidency. As Annie Lowrey notes , "Infant mortality has dropped, college completion rates have soared, millions of women have entered the work force, malnutrition has all but disappeared. After all, when Mr. Johnson announced his campaign, parts of Appalachia lacked electricity and indoor plumbing. Many economists argue that the official poverty rate grossly understates the impact of government programs. The headline poverty rate counts only cash income, not the value of in-...

Daily Meme: Ghosts of Sister Souljah Moments Past

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a politician in possession of bad fortunes must be in want of a Sister Souljah moment. sister souljah moment (n) : "The public repudiation of an extremist person or statement perceived to have some association with a politician or his party." " Bill Clinton invented the Sister Souljah moment. Is having one still a political requirement or more a political cliche?" "The sordid George Washington Bridge scandal offers Chris Christie two choices: Continue to deny, deflect and dissemble in a manner that is so common in the politics of today, and most recently exhibited by President Obama during a spate of controversies in 2013; or … pull a Super Sister Souljah ." "Chris Christie Steals Somebody Else's Sister Souljah Moment" "Barack Obama leads a charmed life. He finally had his Sister Souljah moment and didn't even have to show up. Jesse Jackson did it for him solo." "Thus the main reason Obama’s severance from Wright doesn’t really qualify as a...

Daily Meme: Scandalous Bridges in History

The George Washington Bridge (because the reason for its traffic jams can be summed up as "it's in New Jersey" ) The Bridge to Nowhere (because it suffered from a heady cocktail of pork, Palin, and populationlessness) Bridge to Nowhere , a 1986 New Zealand film (because it features a psychotic cattle rancher and teenagers in very short shorts) Seattle's 520 "ramps to nowhere" (because they are ugly and not green) Dike Bridge (because of the Chappaquiddick incident) The West Bay Bridge (because residents in the Hamptons are notoriously fun when it comes to taxes and infrastructure) The Tampan Zee Bridge (because it was probably built in the worst possible place) The Columbia River Crossing (because taxes) The Bridge (because it's about law enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border) The Atlantic Beach Bridge (because ''It should be renamed The Weather Bridge because everybody talks about it but nobody does anything about it. It is a testament to the inertia of government.'') The Lake Marion...

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