Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: Mutually Assured Obstruction

Life in the Senate plays out predictably in the 21st century. It serves as the older sibling to the House, coming off as more logical and responsible by comparison, but when the Senate carries out duties that are its sole purview, it proves that the two legislative bodies share the same DNA. Yes, we're talking about the confirmation process for executive appointments. It's the same nearly every time. Obama nominates someone to fill a vacancy in his administration. Republicans in the Senate accuse said nominee of being a raging lunatic liable to run naked around the Lincoln Memorial when not turning the United States into a Pastafarian commune. Then, they filibuster. The nominee sadly retreats. Democrats complain that Republicans are the worst, and threaten to nuke the filibuster. Lather, rinse, and repeat. It's not a new phenomenon. Senate Democrats in the minority during the Bush years were also loath to confirm conservative nominees , but they were a bit more discerning with their...

Daily Meme: Seasonal Shopping Disorder

The holiday season is upon us! Which means that companies are going to spend the next month and a half treating their workers even worse than usual. Fortunately, the National Labor Relations Board is finally staffed up, and the Labor Department's new head, Thomas Perez, is expected to put up a good fight for workers too. On Monday, the NLRB made headlines by telling Wal-Mart it needed to stop firing its protesting workers , which is illegal. The ruling means that more workers might feel emboldened to fight back on Black Friday, the unofficial national holiday that is unquestionably the bane of every retail worker's existence. Wal-Mart has been pre-emptively striking back by waging an ambitious marketing campaign , featuring TV spots soaked in smiling faces and so saccharine that they must turn the stomachs of Scrooges everywhere. Some retailers are forcing their workers to punch in before the turkey's even cold on Thursday, but not all—Costco and Nordstrom, among a few others, are...

Daily Meme: Republican Governors Get Ready for 2014 ... and 2016

Republican governors from across the country are descending upon Tempe, Arizona for this year's Republican Governors Association meeting. They've kind of got a big year ahead, with 36 gubernatorial races to fight in. Given their party's ... less than sterling reputation lately , the governors, who manage to mostly toe a more moderate line, think they are the right people to lead the way. And, they're kind of having a moment . And totally eating it up. New Jersey governor Chris Christie is set to take over as RGA chair , which will make him very cozy with the party's most benevolent donors. Those in charge of the 2016 primary preseason events seem to think this is more evidence that Christie plans to run. Meanwhile, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker seems to be the hot 2016 will he/won't he du jour , thanks to the buzz he's getting for his new book (another frequent opening act for presidential bids ). He's already started raking in the crucial and game-changing 2016 listicles . Walker...

Daily Meme: Obamacare End Times

In a news environment where day three analysis stories often get filed 30 minutes after an important news event occurs, it's somewhat astounding that we find ourselves on week three of talking about a sucky government website. And, because developments on this story have been ... somewhat static, it's strangely impressive how the lack of news has inspired the opposite reaction in the press, with accusations and predictions growing more apocalyptic and acquiring additional strains of dramatic and dramatically misplaced metaphors. Josh Kraushaar is pulling out the death imagery —"life support," "death warrant," "stop the bleeding," "as he suggested on Morning Joe," etc. (To which our own Paul Waldman responds : "That's so blindingly stupid I'm almost not sure where to start.") The Washington Times compared Healthcare.gov to perjury and the Iran-Contra affair. National Review has many options you can choose from including " the extensive — the criminal — Obamacare fraud" and the...

Daily Meme: If You Like This News Story, You Can Keep It

Yikes. The Affordable Care Act just can't catch a break, can it. Reporters at The Washington Post say that the Healthcare.gov website is unlikely to be fixed by December. Although the Obama administration is still adamant that they can get this done, armed with Red Bull and crossed fingers. Here are all the Plan Bs the White House must be considering, including the dreaded "delay the mandate" last resort. Vulnerable Democrats in the House and Senate are signing on to bills to modify the law so that people can keep the bad insurance plans that have been canceled under the existing legislation. Bill Clinton hasn't helped much on that front . Actually, he's made things much harder. And, to top it all off, the former face of Obamacare has come out to fight back against the cyberbullying she's had to endure. One can only imagine that Healthcare.gov wishes it could do the same. Of course, the problems with Obamacare are worst in the states that failed to set up their own exchanges , citing...

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