Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

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Romney Takes the Last Frontier

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All eyes were on the Last Frontier last night for the results of the crucial Alaska caucuses—widely regarded as make-or-break for, depending on whom you asked, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, or Newt Gingrich. After Romney managed to squeak past Rick Santorum late in the night with a three-point lead, there can no longer be a doubt that he has the nomination in the bag. No president since 1960 has ever won a general election without votes from Alaska, so Romney’s surprise win could truly be a game-changer. Alaskans clearly understood how high the stakes were—more than 13,000 people turned out for the caucus, only 60 times less than the population of Columbus, Ohio. The count could have been higher by a margin of tens if several high-profile malfunctions hadn’t occurred; the site of the South Anchorage polling site had to be moved after snow caused the roof of the auditorium at the Abbott Loop Community Church to collapse last Friday. Redistricting also caused countless polling...

Europe Teeters on the Edge

Today's Balance Sheet: The times are good for one percenters.

This week's a big one for the future of Europe, as Germany debates supporting the fiscal pact agreed to in Brussels on March 2 and investors sign onto a Greek bond swap that could write off half of the country's €177 billion debt. The success of the fiscal pact—which demands that the 25 signatory countries write balanced budget "golden rules" into their constitutions—could hinge on whether the opposition party's demands for more stimulus measures and less austerity, are met in Germany. "We need an initiative for more growth and we should get the money from financial markets," Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the opposition Social Democrats party, said. Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet plans to meet and discuss the pact tomorrow. The Latest In China, Sobering Signs of Slower Growth The New York Times You Hear That? It's Quiet...Too Quiet The Wall Street Journal Even Senior Citizens Have Student Debt Wonkblog The Lone Tweeter of Deutsche Bank Bloomberg Businessweek Chart of the Day  2010...

Ohio a Game Changer? Please.

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(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Zanesville, Ohio, Monday, March 5, 2012. Any of the following sound familiar? This “could be a game-changer in the Republican presidential race,” Reuters reports . “It may be Romney's last stand,” CBS News declares . Matthew Dowd chimes in : “This is a huge, crucial moment. I think it’s actually the most important moment for Romney in this entire campaign up until now.” If any of this rings a bell, it’s because that’s what pundits were saying about Michigan no more than a week ago. Today, it’s Ohio that has been christened the state that will make or break the Romney campaign. Despite taking place on a date with a snazzier name, there is little to distinguish the Ohio primary from the heavily covered contests in Michigan and Florida. While it's understandable that media attention has focused on contested states instead of safe bets like Nevada or Arizona,...

Is It Springtime for the Economy?

Today's Balance Sheet: Wages are on the slow and steady rise.

Wages and salaries rose in January by 0.4 percent—up 5 percent from last year—but that extra money has yet to leave consumers' pockets and get back into the economy. Other good economic news was released yesterday, too: Filings for unemployment benefits are at a four-year low. Usually, when wages rise, consumer confidence also goes up, giving the economy a big boost. That hasn't happened yet this time. The Commerce Department said that wages might not be growing enough to push spending, or extenuating factors like rising gas prices may be at play. The Latest A Firewall Full of Holes The Economist AT&T Ends All-You-Can-Eat The Wall Street Journal Where the Jobs Are, the Training May Not Be The New York Times How NBA Fans Cost Their Teams at the Free-Throw Line Bloomberg Businessweek Chart of the Day  A new analysis from the Tax Policy Center shows that Romney's new tax plan is even more regressive than his old one. Unless the details, which have yet to be released, enumerate many...

McMansions on the Cheap

Today's Balance Sheet: Housing prices dropped to 2002 levels in December. 

Although the past few months have brough economic data that hints at recovery, one important statistic hasn't improved: housing prices. The Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller index of property values report of 20 U.S. cities released yesterday shows that national housing prices have dropped to their lowest levels since 2002. “It is hard to get entirely enthusiastic about the recovery when housing prices are still falling,” said Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. In December, the index decreased by 4 percent from a year earlier, and Detroit was the only city to see an increase from 2010. The biggest reasons housing prices continue to drop despite the tax credits and bank incentives offered by the Obama administration are oversupply and expected foreclosures. However, home resales are climbing —up 2 percent in January—and this may be a sign that housing values could rebound soon. As Karl E. Case, a co-creator of the index, points out , “There are some bright spots."...