Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: The Whistleblower Chronicles

It's been a busy week for those on the NSA beat. First, the partner of Glenn Greenwald—the Guardian reporter who's worked closely with whistleblower Edward Snowden—was detained for nine hours at Heathrow Airport. ... ... after which The Guardian had to destroy the hard drives that stored the rest of the leaked data, or surrender it to the U.K. government. Then The Wall Street Journal revealed today that the National Security Agency's surveillance programs—which have names like Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium, and Stormbrew—cover 75 percent of U.S. web traffic. This doesn't mean analysts are sifting through your embarrassing Google searches, but still, yikes . Meanwhile, the NSA isn't quite sure how much info Snowden has yet to leak, but they think it's probably a lot . And we're not done yet! Bradley Manning, who provided more than 700,000 government files to Wikileaks in 2010, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. So what's it all mean? Dana Milbank is worried that...

Paul LePage's Kanye Moment

Eight years ago, during a star-studded telethon to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Kanye West looked into the camera and said, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." It was a little unfair—nothing in Bush's public life suggested any animus toward black people, and you could make a stronger case that it was poor people Bush didn't care about; the ones in New Orleans just happened to be black. We couldn't help thinking of that today after learning about the latest controversial statement from Maine's buffoonish Tea Party governor, Paul LePage. According to the Portland Press-Herald , LePage told the crowd at a Republican fundraiser that "Obama could have been the best president ever if he had highlighted his biracial heritage. LePage said the president hasn't done that because he hates white people." The paper quoted two Republican lawmakers who confirmed LePage's statement, both of whom asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. LePage denies having said it,...

A Big F@$%ing Campaign?

We haven't heard a lot from Joe Biden lately. Though he's undoubtedly influential within the White House, the public would be forgiven for not knowing just what kind of vice-president he's been. Given that his predecessor practically created his own sinister shadow government, that may be a blessing. But with whatever time he has on his hands, Biden has apparently been thinking a lot about whether he wants to take one more crack at the big office in 2016. At least that's what a bunch of anonymous "allies," "loyalists," and "people familiar with his thinking" told The Wall Street Journal . It would be Biden's third run for the Oval Office, and even though the first two (in 1988 and 2008) didn't go particularly well, he's the vice president now. And no race with Biden in it could fail to be entertaining. His gaffes—and there would surely be many more—are like no one else's, offered up with his unique brand of good-natured cluelessness. Who can forget the time he said to a state senator...

Mullets and Mayors Save the Day in Kentucky

The Kentucky town of Vicco, population 334, was little known before this February, when it did something you might not have expected from a tiny town in the heart of Appalachia. While there were a few news reports about the event in question, it wasn't until Wednesday evening, when The Colbert Report aired a segment on Vicco and its mayor, Johnny Cummings, that the whole country heard about it. The video, which has now been linked, embedded, and tweeted in a thousand places on the Internet, is both hilarious and heartwarming, because not only is Cummings gay, but he recently convinced the town commission to pass a non-discrimination ordinance. The resolution was passed in February; as The Los Angeles Times wrote at the time, "It's about time, said Claude Branson Jr., 58, a mullet-haired commissioner and retired coal miner. 'Discrimination just don't go no more,' he said. 'Times are changing. You've got to change with them.'" Vicco is the smallest city in the country to have passed...

Duck Dynasty Goes to Washington?

Republicans got some bad news today when hot political commodity, Willie Robertson, said he was too busy to run for the House seat that will be vacated when Louisiana Representative Rodney Alexander leaves to join Governor Bobby Jindal's cabinet. What's that? You have no idea who Willie Robertson is? Then you must be a liberal Northeastern elitist, because Willie Robertson is one of the stars of Duck Dynasty , the reality TV show/bestselling book generator/all-around cultural juggernaut that has stolen America's heart. Robertson, with his good humor, air of relative competence, and American flag bandana always firmly wrapped around his head, sounded like just the man to help Republicans … well, help them do whatever it is they do in Washington these days. But alas, he had the sense to spurn their entreaties , so the search goes on. There's still hope though. You probably heard about the Missouri state fair rodeo that recently featured a clown in a Barack Obama mask, with the announcer...

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