Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

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What to Read Before You Unwonk Tonight

The big story of the day was the surprise evacuation of Zuccotti Park early this morning, prompted because the “health and safety conditions became intolerable,” according to Mayor Bloomberg. Although the situation seems dire, with journalists being arrested, protesters injured by aggressive police officers, and the vibrant camp being dismantled, nobody should interpret this as a sign that the Occupy movement is disintegrating. The New Yorker ’s Amy Davidson put it best: “Zuccotti Park, despite its utopian aspirations, wasn’t the promised land, a particular piece of ground that had to be won. It wasn’t even technically on Wall Street. It could, in some sense, have been anywhere, or everywhere; perhaps that will be the backward effect of this eviction. In that way, and in others one can only glimpse, the quiet in Zuccotti this morning felt like a lull, not an ending.” In other Occupy news, Pawnee might be the next town to rail against Wall Street, and NBC should fear a potential “...

What to Read Before You Unwonk Tonight

The Prospect ’s Jamelle Bouie blogged about the most important story that’s been hiding under Newt Gingrich’s surge (a news story fit for nothing but speculation for how it will end ) and other election stories—“the European debt crisis has raised the odds of a U.S. recession to more than 50 percent by early 2012, according to a new report from the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.” Other big story of the day: The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Affordable Care Act in March. In light of this announcement, it’s a good time to revisit Garrett Epps’ post from last week on notoriously conservative Judge Laurence Silberman upholding the law. GQ just published its pizza-party interview with Herman Cain, which is a must-read. Not for the insight it lends into the pizza professional’s political acumen but simply because it is a terrific character study of a man who says incredibly interesting things but who just shouldn’t be elected president. A man who thinks Godfather’s Pizza...

Tweets from Last Night's GOP Debate

In the spirit of Cain's 9-9-9 plan, we've rounded up the top nine Tweets from last night's GOP debate. Have suggestions for an addition? Tell @j_fuller on Twitter.

Ohio's in the Bag, but Mississippi and Maine are Toss-Ups in Referendum Votes

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*** UPDATED *** Here are the latest polling numbers for today’s election: #winning Ohio Issue 2 : According to a Public Policy Polling released Sunday, 59 percent of voters plan to vote against Senate Bill 5 , which would severely limit the state’s public employees right to collective bargaining. Five percent of voters are still undecided, and 86 percent of Democrats are against the bill. Independents are also for repeal of the bill pushed by Governor John Kasich, who has a dismally low approval rating of 33 percent. The failure of SB5 will be a big and much needed win for labor in Ohio. Pins and Needles Mississippi’s Amendment 26: The Personhood amendment is the referendum to watch tonight, not only because its fate is up in the air, but because if the electorate makes this amendment a reality, it could set a dangerous precedent for how states approach abortion and women’s rights. 45 percent of voters support the amendment, and 11 percent of voters were still undecided as of...

You Say Tomato, I Say Potato

Yesterday, The New Republic ’s Alec MacGillis arrived at the conclusion that Mitt Romney's famous flip-flopping and President Obama's pragmatism were one in the same: A politician who considers himself driven more by case-by-case pragmatism than any overarching philosophy, who likes to get all the smartest people in the room to hash out an issue, probing each side with questions and counters to arrive at some kind of workable middle ground. Does that sound familiar? I understand the temptation to make this argument, but it's off base. Obama’s pragmatism defines him. Every decision he’s made during his first term, from passing the stimulus to the intervention in Libya, evinces his belief that realism, data, and debate—not ideology—make for effective long-term policy. This pragmatism was present during the 2008 election, but Obama’s hopey-changey persona made his pragmatism easy to overlook and easier to decry later when he didn’t give his supporters all the legislative victories they...