Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

Everything Remains Raw.

Is the tax deal a sign of new cooperation between the GOP and Barack Obama? The short answer is no.

Don't Call It a Comeback.

Now that the House has passed the president's tax deal, the story today -- it seems -- is how Obama has bounced back after a supposedly terrible year. Here is Politico:

Getting Over Earmarks

TAP talks to an earmark defender.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann during a rally in April.(AP/Jim Mone)

For Republicans, as well as some Democrats and the media, earmarks are a symbol of wasteful spending and harmful quid pro quo. Recently, Republican leaders agreed to place a moratorium on these spending requests, with support from the White House.

Sean Kelly and Scott Frisch, political scientists at California State University, Channel Islands, have a friendlier view of earmarks. In their book Cheese Factories on the Moon, named after a quip from former Sen. Phil Gramm, they make the case that earmarks are important. TAP recently spoke with Kelly on the role these unfairly maligned tools play in American democracy.

Nightmares in Appointment-Land.

I have a column up today on the deep problems in the presidential appointments process and what it will take to solve them. Here is a lay of the land, for people unfamiliar with the subject: