Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

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Food Safety Is Less Important Than Showering Rich People With Money.

Apparently, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn loves two things in this world: needless obstruction and salmonella: Coburn's office confirmed to POLITICO on Tuesday that the Republican is objecting to moving forward with the bill on the grounds that it will add to the burgeoning federal budget. Coburn has become the GOP champion for demanding that legislation be fully paid for, staging or threatening filibusters this year on legislation ranging from war spending to unemployment benefits. "Yes, he’s concerned the bill is not offset," said Coburn spokesman John Hart . "We can’t afford to spend money we don’t have any longer." The fuss is over a new food-safety bill that would be the first major overhaul of the system in more than 70 years. While the legislation gained attention after this summer's massive salmonella outbreak -- and subsequent investigation into the egg farm's criminal irresponsibility -- it's been on the table for over a year; House Democrats, passed their version of the bill in...

The Downsides of a Crazy GOP.

( Source ) By now, most of you probably know of Tea Party candidate Chris tine O'Donnell 's surprising win over longtime Congressman Mike Castle for the GOP Senate nomination in Delaware. Unsurprisingly, Democrats are ecstatic about the result; Mike Castle is one of the most popular politicians in Delaware and would have easily carried the general election had he won the primary. Now, with O'Donnell on the ballet -- and the NRSC withdrawing from the race -- Democratic nominee Chris Coons has an excellent chance at becoming the state's next senator. Beyond that, this is a major strategic victory for Democrats; not only can they direct money from Delaware to vulnerable incumbents in Colorado, Nevada, and elsewhere, but the new math makes a Republican Senate very unlikely, if not impossible . This is an undeniably fascinating episode in American politics; O'Donnell holds a variety of extreme views, as well as a tenuous grip on reality as we all experience it. In the 1990s, she starred in...

Hands Caught in the Cookie Jar of Racism.

These two pictures come courtesy of Fitsnews.com and the National Federation of Republican Women's annual Board of Director's meeting in Charleston, South Carolina: Remember, the Republican Party doesn't have a problem with racism. -- Jamelle Bouie

Democrats: Voters Aren't Afraid of the GOP. Republicans: But They Don't Like You Either.

For more evidence that prospective Republican gains have nothing to do with the popularity of their policies (or lack thereof), you should look to the latest data from National Journal 's Congressional Connection poll. According to the poll, Americans are sour on nearly every element of the GOP's domestic agenda; aside from Social Security private accounts -- which have broad support among everyone but the elderly -- a large majority of Americans oppose plans to repeal health-care legislation, replace Medicare with vouchers (as per Paul Ryan's "roadmap"), and extend the Bush tax cuts in full. And to bolster a point I made earlier today about the likely failure of the Democrat's anti- John Boehner media strategy, only 5 percent of respondents identified Boehner as a possible Republican leader. This doesn't bode well for the Democratic Party's midterm strategy; by and large, voters just aren't afraid of Republican policies. They dislike them, yes, but that isn't enough to motivate...

Better College Guidance.

From the National Bureau of Economic Research is a new paper from Harvard University's Christopher Avery , which reports the results of a pilot study on the effects of college counseling for "high-achieving, low-income students." The short of it is that for those students, college counseling significantly influenced student outcomes through application choice rather than application quality. Put another way, students in the study were more likely to apply to more competitive schools but weren't as keen on some of the methods to improve their applications. Avery admits to the as-of-now low utility of the research, but I think it might relate to an earlier study , by the Education Trust, that shows an abysmally low graduation rate for minority college students. According to the Trust, the graduation rate for African American students is 54.7 percent at private colleges and universities, and 43.3 percent at their public counterparts. By contrast, whites graduate at a rate 18.7 percent...

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