Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

To Halt Executive Power, We Need Another Watergate.

On Twitter, after Julian Sanchez floated the possibility of GOP opposition to the Obama administration's push for Internet wiretaps, Matthew Yglesias made a funny -- but correct -- prediction about the likely path for civil liberties and executive power:

My prediction: Continued erosion of civil liberties --> massive Nixon-style political abuse scandal --> restoration of civil liberties.

The Complacency Gap.

In his interview with Rolling Stone, President Obama admonished Democrats for their low enthusiasm:

"It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election," the president told the magazine.

Obama went on to describe his administration as the "most successful in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward," and said it was flat out "irresponsible" for Democrats to stay home on Election Day.

Nonbelievers, Privilege, and Religious Knowledge.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently conducted a survey where they phoned more than 3,400 Americans and surveyed them on basic religious knowledge. The results, I gather, were a little surprising:

Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life. [...]

White Men Are Pretty Conservative.

Writing at Politico, Ben Smith notes that men are the driving force behind the massive GOP surge in elections across the country:

Men are not only more loyal to the GOP than two years ago but also more motivated to vote, recent polls suggest. This year’s central issues are ones that politicians traditionally use to appeal to men, especially worries about budget deficits. [...]

A Marist poll this month found 48 percent of Republican men called themselves “very enthusiastic” about voting, the most of any group; just 28 percent of Democratic woman said the same, with Republican women and Democratic men falling in the middle.

The Upsides of Misplaced Focus.

Writing at her blog, Dana Goldstein reminds would-be education reformers that most American schools actually serve their students pretty well:

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