Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

Foreign Aid and the Budget.

How do Americans think the government spends their money? Via Ezra Klein, is one answer:


Republican Diversity, Cont.

Rep.-elect Tim Scott of South Carolina, the state's first black Republican since Reconstruction, has opted not to join the Congressional Black Caucus:

The Future of Campaign Finance?

If you haven't already, you should check out my column today on the Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments in McComish v. Bennett, a case which deals with Arizona's public-financing law. Here are the important parts:

McComish deals with an aspect of Arizona's public-financing law that provides extra funds for candidates who opt into the system when their opponents opt out. Candidates are still bound by spending limits, but if their opponent goes beyond that limit, they are given the funds to match their opponent's spending.

Paul Ryan Is Not a Serious Person, a Continuing Series.

And yet, this will do nothing to harm Paul Ryan's credibility with the Beltway deficit hawks:

Incoming Budget Committee chairman -- and fiscal commission member -- Paul Ryan (R-WI) will not be voting for the White House Fiscal Commission's report, he told reporters at a breakfast roundtable hosted by the Christian Science Monitor today. [...]

Ryan was at pains to praise the commission's chairmen, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, for their efforts, but ultimately criticized the plan dramatically -- in particular, he says, because it reinforces President Obama's health care law.