Kate Sheppard

Kate Sheppard is a political reporter at Grist, and a former Prospect writing fellow.

Recent Articles

REVIVING THE RADICALISM OF MLK.

Too often, all public discussion of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy makes him into a soft, non-threatening shell of who the man he actually was. But on the 40th anniversary of his assassination, I've actually been heartened to see the coverage of King's real and often very radical legacy, rather than simply focusing on his dreams of a legal grant of civil rights to African Americans. The Washington Post has a fantastic cover story on Dr. King today, and our own Kai Wright offers a significant testimony over on TAP Online as well.

IS IMPLYING THAT ONLY VETERANS CAN BE PATRIOTIC GOOD POLITICS?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds John McCain's latest web video entirely creepy. But more than creepy, I have to wonder how effective it will be, as it implies that the only way to understand war, serve one's country, and be a true patriot is to go to war. Now I understand that there are many Americans whose deep appreciation for those who have served in the military would lead them to believe this is true.

BEYOND THE MOUNTAINTOP.

Forty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., several black economists are marking the anniversary of his death with a renewed call to embrace King's proposals about how to reduce poverty and inequity in this country.

Can Obama Make the Populist Case in Pennsylvania?

Barack Obama is fine-tuning his populism in order to gain ground in what has seemed like a Clinton stronghold.

When a Wilkes-Barre resident asked Barack Obama about rising gas prices earlier this week, the candidate responded with a story about watching March Madness in a local bar with Sen. Bob Casey.

ROVE ON THE RANGE.

GQ has an interesting and often repugnant Q&A with Karl Rove, covering everything from his million dollar plus book deal to his thoughts on the Democratic presidential candidates. This is one of the most interesting parts, perhaps:

I get the sense you respect Hillary more than you respect Obama.
Off the record?

Please don't go off the record.
Off the record… [Yeah, it's good. Sorry.]

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