Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: 19 Reasons Why the Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Is Making Us Crazy and Some GIFs Because, Why Not?

1. " The 13 reasons Washington is failing " 2. " Why the Government Shutdown Isn't Anywhere Near Over—in 1 Graph " 3. "Frequently and Infrequently Asked Questions About the Forthcoming Federal Government Shutdown" 4. "Everything You Need to Know About the Looming Government Shutdown" 5. "Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work" 6. "US shutdown: a guide for non-Americans" 7. "'SNL AND MILEY CYRUS EXPLAIN THE SHUTDOWN WITH SEXY MICHELLE BACHMANN & BABY JOHN BOEHNER 8. "Ferris Bueller Explains The Government Shutdown" 9. "The Government Shutdown Perfectly Described In GIFs For Dummies" 10. "The Government Shutdown Summed Up In One GIF" 11. "Government Shutdown Memes: 20 Awesomest Memes for the End of America" 12. " The Government Shutdown, Told in Lego " 13. "Ryan Gosling and Kate Upton Explain the Shutdown" 14. "This Chart Destroys The Debt Ceiling Truthers" 15. " The Chart That Should Accompany All Discussions of the Debt Ceiling" 16. What...

Daily Meme: Supreme Court Goes Back to School

The new Supreme Court session heats up this week in a city languishing in political purgatory. And, listen up tourists, the show is open for visitors , unlike most attractions and destinations in D.C. (and, while you're there you can even pick up some sweet John Marshall bling). Although I'm sure certain justices wish they could sit at home watching their Seinfeld CDs just like all those furloughed federal employees. Tomorrow's oral arguments are for the first blockbuster case on the docket , McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission , the sequel to the Citizens United decision from 2010. Law professor Richard Hasen thinks that "if the government loses big, it could mark the beginning of the end of any limits on campaign contributions given directly to candidates in federal, state, and local elections." Norm Ornstein writes that if the aggregate political spending limits are struck down in the case, "brace yourselves for a political system that will make the Gilded Age look like the a...

Daily Meme: Politics is Dumb. And Stupid.

Senator Mark Warner: "Enough is enough. Sequestration is stupid . Shutting down the government is stupidity on steroids." Timothy Egan: "Politically, the shutdown is terrible for a party trying to rebrand itself. When Bobby Jindal said Republicans have to 'stop being the party of stupid,' he swallowed a teaspoon of common sense. That’s been washed away by a river of stupid ." Paul Krugman: "These guys are cynical and dishonest — but they’re also very, very stupid ." Bill Keller: "The right-wing campaign to sabotage the Affordable Care Act has driven a lot of normally temperate people past the edge of exasperation. Pundits have described the crusade as crazy, stupid , arrogant, dishonest, cynical, ridiculous and politically suicidal. And that’s not just liberals talking." Dave Weigel: "The OMB's shutdown instructions led to a number of closures that seemed, to neutral observers, pretty stupid ." Paul Waldman: What … can I add about the latest twist in the pending government shutdown?...

Daily Meme: Shutdown or Not, Republicans Have Already Screwed Millions Out of Insurance

Although conservatives in the House are trying their damnedest to dismantle all of the Affordable Care Act, the 26 states that decided not to take federal money for Medicaid expansion have already done a good job screwing people out of health insurance. And, the shutdown has played its own special role in the Medicaid mayhem, as D.C. Medicaid payments have ceased until the federal government reboots. (In truth, we need to thank the Supreme Court for this mess — they upheld the law, but left a sneaky loophole for conservatives governors to stick it to the man, i.e. hurt their poorest residents.) According to a report in The New York Times , although only half of our nation's population is in these 26 states, 68 percent of the poorest black Americans and single mothers without insurance live there. "Among those excluded are about 435,000 cashiers, 341,000 cooks and 253,000 nurses’ aides ." In total, as many as 8 million Americans will be outside looking in on the new health-care...

Daily Meme: Shutdown Sadness

With government activity hushed to a low hum and a press corps hungry for anything to write about, shutdown coverage has reached a fever pitch. With endless coverage of panda cams and memorial-stormin' veterans and happy-hour specials , it's easy to forget the myriad effects of a government shutdown large and small around the country. It's time we all followed the example of this 12-year-old kid, and expressed some outrage and disbelief and the havoc caused by congressional politicking. Twenty-three local Head Start programs in 11 states have seen their funding stop. NIH has had to stop taking patients for clinical trials , including 30 kids. NIH has already seen their budget slashed by $1.5 billion this year due to the sequester. The WIC program, which helps feed over 9 million pregnant women, mothers, and children, will need to stop if the shutdown continues and funding runs out. And don't forget the 800,000-plus federal employees who are, for the moment, without work and applying...

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