Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

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If You Give a Mouse a Vote

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AP Photo/Rick Bowmer In the hours leading up to the release of tonight's election returns, don't waste your bated breath on the victors. After weeks of polling and widening leads, there's little suspense over who will be the next mayor of New York or governor of Virginia or New Jersey. Countless stories will be written about what the exit polls mean for 2016. Pundits are being caught at the exact moment in time when their nostalgia for the last presidential campaign is in perfect balance with their gestating impatience for the next midterms to start. Columnists' campaign to persuade you that their analysis of county-by-county breakdowns of election data proves that Republicans will keep the House or lose it into perpetuity starts at midnight. This is all well and good and predictable and inescapable, but if you drill down far enough into the electoral ephemera, there is a nugget of data that offers a bit more intrigue. How many voters will pick Mickey Mouse? The New York Times Write-...

Daily Meme: Voting Rights and Wrongs

It's Election Day! Which means, of course, lots of people are having lots of problems voting. In New York City, the voting machines that serve as the ur-text for our government's technology woes are malfunctioning. Philadelphia is having some voting booth issues too. In states where Voting Rights Act preclearance requirements once kept restrictive laws off the books, the Supreme Court's recent decision in Shelby County v. Holder is causing problems. Many people are already fighting back , and have been fighting back for awhile. Texas's new voter-ID law, in particular, has been getting a lot of pushback. Another thing preventing many Americans from voting? Laws that keep citizens with criminal records from casting a ballot. That's over 5 million people. In many states, absentee and early voting means that turnout pm Election Day itself can be a bit underwhelming. In Virginia, however, day-of voting still reigns supreme. Expect depressed voter turnout given that many people will find it...

Daily Meme: Twelve Quotes about Double Down that Will Make You Wish 2016 Never Comes

1 . " Game Change 2012 is finally upon us," the behind-the-scenes tale of the 2012 presidential election. 2. "Double Down: Game Change 2012 , by political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, is going to sell a shitload of copies. " 3. "The digital blast radius for Double Down is infinite." 4. "The entire story has the unintended effect of showing how minor —at least in terms of deciding elections—their thoroughly reported details actually are." 5. "It’s called Double Down , probably after the KFC bacon and cheese and two hunks of fried chicken instead of bread sandwich, because like the sandwich it appeals to a small group of antisocial gluttons while nauseating everyone else ." 6. " The former Republican House speaker discussed Double Down , the upcoming book on the 2012 presidential election, on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday." 7. "The woman behind the new book Never Trust a Liberal Over Three—Especially a Republican offered her personal perspective on another piece of...

Daily Meme: Congress Hits America's Poorest While They're Down

Starting today, millions of Americans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—better known as food stamps—will see their benefits drop now that the temporary increase instituted by the Obama administration's stimulus package has not been renewed. That means the extra $45.2 billion appropriated by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have now evaporated from the budget. The cut will affect 47 million Americans , half of whom are children under 18. That's nearly 15 percent of the population. The farm bill currently ricocheting between the House and Senate would cut benefits even more, possibly as much as a $4 billion annual drop in funding. Food stamps have become an increasingly important benefit for our nation's poorest families. Since 2008 , enrollment has grown by 70 percent. Businesses in impoverished communities increasingly rely on SNAP customers for profits—economists estimated that the growth rate on our gross domestic product could shrink by...

Daily Meme: The Inside the Beltway Center for Presidents Who Can't Lead Good

Obama's approval ratings aren't too hot right now. Neither are anyone else's in federal government , but, let's not stray from the obvious point at hand—the presidency is in shambles! And, of course, the only thing that can save him is listening to the media so willing to give him oodles of invaluable advice. Let's take a moment to look back at the unsolicited advice hall of fame—as well as a sample of what spoonfuls of medicine in column inch form have been offered this week to help the president get out of his rut. Stop golfing No really, stop having fun. Make new friends. Be a micromanager Use more business words. "Be fucking presidential." Be Bill Clinton Be Ronald Reagan Be Abraham Lincoln Be LBJ Don't Be LBJ Be Teddy Roosevelt Be John Adams Be James Polk Make the Acela faster Tell us a happy story! Tell us ALL THE STORIES! Panic Hire Dick Cheney Be Jed Bartlet Grow a beard