Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: Back to School for World Leaders

The G20 Summit—an annual meeting of world leaders focusing mainly on economics—kicked off today in St. Petersburg. The member countries combined produce nearly 90 percent of the world's GDP, and house two-thirds of the world's population. Here's what's on the agenda . But don't expect much of these topics to get much press or play. Thanks to the U.S.'s current deliberations about airstrikes in the Middle East, this weekend is going to be all about Syria. Russian president Vladimir Putin recommended that they discuss Syria over dinner , so that the more formal meetings could be saved for talk of stimulus and stock markets. So ... dinner conversation is likely to be awkward and unpleasant. Hopefully the food is good! One thing Putin won't want to talk about at the summit— the 2016 Olympics . Expect Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron to bring it up anyway. Things might get tense, judging by the death stare Obama and Putin gave each other this morning. Another topic other...

Daily Meme: Wars Past and Present

Political debate in Washington this week has been dominated by discussions about what the contours of the U.S.'s involvement in Syria will be. There have been debates about the long-term effects of our decisions and there have been debates about how a potential strike could affect the balance of world power in the short term. It's important to look back at what our past military actions have left in their wake too. As of this week, 2,253 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan. In Iraq, 6,668 . Those soldiers who make it home hardly have it better . Their families suffer from the war's aftershocks too. Female veterans have few resources to help them avoid homelessness. Military hospitals can't deal with the waves of veterans who need help. It's not just American soldiers and their families that continue to suffer in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 5,000 civilians have died in Iraq this year. A wave of coordinated car bomb attacks this week killed at least 67 people . Last night, a...

Daily Meme: Republicans Pick Teams on the Syria Vote

Obama has announced his desire to launch airstrikes in Syria, but will not move forward with military action until Congress gets its two-cents in. Republicans have already started to choose teams , although a vote is unlikely to occur before the gang gets back to work on September 9. Senator John McCain leads the "We're with Obama" camp . He said today that voting down the resolution would be "catastrophic because it would undermine the credibility of the United States and the president of the United States." John Boehner and Eric Cantor are also in this camp. Senator Rand Paul is, unsurprisingly, against U.S. intervention. His reasoning, beyond his usual anti-interventionist worldview? " I think the Islamic rebels winning is a bad idea for the Christians and all of a sudden we'll have another Islamic state where Christians are persecuted." Ann Coulter is against Obama's plan because she is Ann Coulter. What about the rest of the undecided Republicans, like Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan...

Daily Meme: Conflict Inches Closer to Home

Syria, Syria, Syria. After a week of kvetching and worrying, both domestically and internationally, the White House is set to launch a limited military strike in the civil war-torn state, a day after the U.K. Parliament voted down doing the same. President Obama said they hadn't made the final decision about what the U.S. response will be, but that " We're not considering any open-ended commitment . We're not considering any boots-on-the-ground approach." Secretary of State John Kerry released the numbers behind these deliberations, saying there was compelling evidence that the Assad regime had killed 1,429 civilians, including 426 children. "History will judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turn a blind eye to a dictator's wanton use of weapons of mass destruction." He also acknowledged the long shadow of our involvement in the Middle East . "We know that after a decade of conflict, the American people are tired of war,” Kerry said. “Believe me, I am too. But fatigue does not...

Daily Meme: The Affordable Care Act Blues

The doldrums of August are finally coming to an end. However, there are still enough days left for one final rigamarole over the Affordable Care Act. What's the fuss this time around? Well, same as all the other times—it's about cost. Some say premiums will be more expensive under Obamacare ... ... while others say such fears are "overblown." Truth is ... we're mostly unsure how things will unfold at this point. And, the people we trust most on health care— doctors —may be unreliable sources. Great. Both camps of Obamacare war are sending out their best troops to either sing the gospels of health-care reform, or try their damnedest to dismantle it. Bill Clinton will give a speech on health care in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 4. And Tea Partiers are invading the Texas Capitol this week to call for a complete gutting of Affordable Care Act funding. A handful of Republican-controlled states are still trying to resist implementation , and making it harder for everyone else. But it'...

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