Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: Cruzing for a Bruising

Ted Cruz has had quite a week. First, Speaker John Boehner announced yesterday that the House would sneak a Obamacare defunding resolution into their upcoming budget bill up for a vote on Friday... a bill that would be certain to fail in the Senate. Amid much WTF-ing from some of his fellow Senate Republicans, there was much rejoicing from Mr. Cruz . If his favorite pet project ends up shutting down the government, well, it's not the end of the world, folks. But wait. It seems Cruz may have changed his mind about the feasibility of his grand scheming. Today, he basically said the House bill was a non-starter because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has the votes to strip the anti-Obamacare gobledegook from the Senate version of the budget bill. Which, unsurprisingly, made conservatives very, very upset. Cruz quickly tried to recover by saying that he'd pull a Rand Paul and filibuster if the Obamacare Entropy Act doesn't sail through the Senate. But the damage is already done. One can...

Daily Meme: What Recovery?

Yesterday, the Census Bureau released the latest data on our nation's poorest residents. The news wasn't reassuring. The U.S. poverty rate remained unchanged last year, stubbornly stuck at 15 percent . Twenty-two percent of Americans under age 18 were living in poverty in 2012. The gap between rich and poor households didn't budge in any statistically significant way either. As for the gender wage gap, that stopped closing a decade ago . Men working full-time, year-round are making less now than they did in 1973 . Families are making less than they did in 1989. Median incomes have gone down 8.3 percent since 2007. State and local results will be released later in the week, but it's already clear that the West is faring the post-recession period the best. Recent research shows that poverty's effects on a life reach further than we thought. "The effect of being poor and having to manage a hard financial problem is equivalent to the loss of 13 IQ points —comparable not only to the loss...

Daily Meme: Can Climate Week Change the Weather?

The congressional calendar this week is full of environment-centered hearings and events, so climate-change activists have seized upon the moment, named it "Climate Week," and planned a week of protests. This week also marks the five-year anniversary of Keystone XL's first application submission. Action isn't centered around Capitol Hill alone—activists have been staging protests all over the country , especially along the pipeline's intended path . 350.org has planned 150 protests for Saturday alone. It looks like the White House's decision over the pipeline could stretch into next year —although the southern end of Keystone should likely be in full gear soon—which is absolutely perfect, if you ask the lobbyists who make a killing on the issue for both sides. A delay also gives more time for the anti-Keystone forces, who've begun to focus on the slim economic advantages of the controversial oil transporter. On the pro-pipeline sidelines, some—including one North Dakota senator —think...

Daily Meme: Bye, Bye Larry

Yesterday, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers withdrew his nomination for the Federal Reserve chairmanship. The wave of Janet Yellen-speculation following in the announcement's wake was swift. Summers's reasoning? "This is a complex moment in our national life. I have reluctantly concluded than any possible confirmation process for me would be acrimonious and would not serve the interests of the Federal Reserve, the Administration, or ultimately, the interests of the nation’s ongoing economic recovery." Makes sense, especially given the hardening opposition to the controversial economist in town from pundits and politicians alike. The Monkey Cage posits that the last time an executive nomination played out like this was nearly a century ago. So, back to Janet Yellen. Ezra Klein has five reasons she should have the job, starting with the fact she's way qualified. The American Enterprise Institute seems skeptical that Republicans would dare filibuster the first female fed nominee...

Daily Meme: Elections, Elections Everywhere

New York City voters have chosen their candidates for November's general election, and prognosticators, professional and recreational, have already bathed the papers, airwaves, and web with their thoughts about who will win. Elections around the country are also starting to ramp up as fall rushes near—let's check in and see how the biggest (or most entertaining) races stand. Terry McAuliffe has a slight lead in the Virginia gubernatorial race against Republican Ken Cuccinelli, and 19 percent of voters are still undecided. And The Washington Post is all like, who cares who's ahead, this whole election is gross . Next door in Maryland, they have to wait another year before choosing a new governor. But you don't have to wait to sift through a slideshow of potential candidates! Speaking of 2014 lists, here's one of the less conventional recruits gunning for a seat in Congress. Senator Rand Paul is campaigning for New Jersey senate candidate Steve Lonegan today. Too bad Cory Booker is...

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