Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: Remembering a Dream, 50 Years Later

On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 people assembled on the National Mall to argue for an end to the economic and racial disparities that have been one of the worst legacies of our country's history. Today, people are assembling once more, not only to remember the people who made that summer day possible, but to examine how far we've come toward achieving the march's goals . Who are the people we should remember? Well, there's Bayard Rustin , who was the architect of the March, and A. Philip Randolph , longtime labor organizer. There's Simeon Booker, the first black reporter at The Washington Post. D.C.'s (nonvoting) House delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton was a 26-year-old law student when she came to Washington in '63. And, there's John Lewis , the only speaker today to give remarks at the original march. Martin Luther King, Jr. is, of course, in the foreground of today's entire celebration. If you do nothing else to remember the March on Washington, you should at least give "I Have...

Daily Meme: Solving a Problem Like Syria

John Kerry gave an address yesterday that strongly condemned the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons against Syrian rebels, and hinted at a potential U.S.-led military strike in the near future. Syria's government, in turn, has accused the secretary of state of lying. Kerry's words were pointed. "As a father, I can’t get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him, the images of entire families dead in their beds without a drop of blood or even a visible wound, bodies contorting in spasms, human suffering that we can never ignore or forget. Anyone who could claim that an attack of this staggering scale could be contrived or fabricated needs to check their conscience and their own moral compass. What is before us today is real, and it is compelling. Since the war in Syria began over two years ago, more than 100,000 people have died, and more than 1.7 million people have been left refugees. This speech came after sniper attacks...

Daily Meme: Bills, Bills, College Bills

College is expensive. So expensive that the cost of getting a degree has surged 500 percent since 1985. Last week, President Obama announced a series of proposals that seek to finally put a dent in crazy high tuition, like rating schools by how much graduates earn and how many low-income students attend ... and basing federal financial aid on said rankings. The idea is similar to the one that governs the Affordable Care Act. Colleges, in turn, are worried by this development . Says one economics professor, "'You have to think about the consequences of your shame list. They have to be really careful that they don't provide perverse incentives for schools to discriminate against the kinds of students' they are trying to help." Others think this plan could make things more complicated for students receiving aid. Bryce Covert at ThinkProgress has some ideas for other ways the federal government might want to think about helping tamp down college costs. A blogger at Forbes has a few other...

Daily Meme: The March at 50

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, that epochal moment in the civil-rights movement. President Obama plans to give a speech next Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial, along with former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. If you need to brush up on your history of the march and the movement, Smithsonian Magazine has an excellent and expansive oral history on the subject (as well as some never-before seen photographs ). ... although a peek at contemporary sources wouldn't be amiss , so you can see how the movement looked while it unfolded in real-time—or what it was like before the march even happened. Georgia representative John Lewis recently sat down with the Washington Post to remember the day that proved a catalyst for his career: "President Kennedy was so proud at the end of the march. He was beaming like a proud father. He was almost giddy. He went around, he shook every single hand. He said: 'You did a good job. You did a good job,' and when he...

Daily Meme: Why Is Ted Cruz This Week's Shiny Object?

Hey, remember when Marco Rubio was destined to be the 2016 Republican nominee? That first week of August seems so long ago now. And so do the times we were talking about this in February . Or April . The circadian rhythms of the senator from Florida's 2016 buzz are laughably predictable at this point... ... as are the moments when his sparkle fades and another conservative star take the mic. Like Chris Christie ! Or Scott Brown (no, we don't get it either)! Or Ted Cruz ! God, there's like 12 of them. But the arc of Cruz's rapid rise and fall in the news cycle this week offered the best reason yet for choosing to tune out all this election clickbait for at least another year. Cruz started off the week dealing with a revelation (if we've learned anything about electoral ambulance chasers, it's that they love good longform ... birth certificates), which quickly veered away from actual political concerns and descended into a deep bog of grade-A maple syrup jokes. Thinkpieces were written...

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