Lindsay Sobel

Lindsay Sobel came to the American Prospect in January
of 2000 as the first editor of the newly-launched American
Prospect Online
. Before joining the Prospect, she
worked for Slate magazine and covered Congress for
The Hill newspaper. Sobel earned her B.A. from the
University of Michigan and a master's degree in public policy from
Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Sobel grew up in Los Angeles and now lives in Cambridge, MA with
her husband Terry Klein.

Recent Articles

Taxing Rhetoric:

"A lot of people feel as if they have been looking through the window at somebody else's party," empathized President Bush at a recent tax-cut pushing event. "It is time to fling those doors and windows open and invite everybody in.'' He further pronounced, "I strongly believe that a tax relief plan is an important part of helping our country's economy recover." Democrats agree on both counts. It's just that the plan President Bush will send to Capitol Hill today would achieve neither inclusiveness, nor economic recovery. The kind of proposal that would accomplish both -- and more -- closely resembles the one for which Democrats have been pushing. Here's why: Bush's tax cut is mostly for the rich. If there's one thing W. knows, it's partying. And he knows very well that the people who would benefit the most from his tax cut -- by far -- are those who have guzzled half the keg straight from the nozzle, and are grooving to their favorite CDs with lamp shades on their heads. (They are...

The Hypocrisy of Dan Burton:

Democrats have been tripping over each other in the mad dash to distance themselves from former President Clinton and his pardon of Marc Rich. And before one news cycle has passed, they've already begun to wail about Hugh Rodham's influence in two more pardons. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, Representatives Barney Frank and Henry Waxman, Senators Joe Lieberman, Chuck Schumer, Russell Feingold and Paul Wellstone, and former Clinton Commerce Secretary Bill Daley have all taken the time to blast Clinton. In doing so, they've run right into the welcoming arms of Government Reform Committee Chairman Dan Burton, who is milking his investigation of the pardons for all he can. In fact, Burton just announced he intends to subpoena three advisers of former President Clinton to testify, indicating that he has no intention of stepping aside just because a federal prosecutor has taken up the case. Sure, Democrats are trying to be open-minded. But an open mind is apparently not the same thing...

The Streets of Philadelphia

Day One : Nudeling Against Oppression Day Two : Please Stop the Oppression Thank You Day Three : Goats with Votes Day Four : Goggles and Gas Masks for Mumia Day Five : Politics and Hygiene 101 Photo Gallery of the protests Day One: Nudeling Against Oppression The night before I leave for Philadelphia, C-SPAN is airing a Training for Change training session in which fewer than a dozen prototypical protesters prepare to flail against the machine during the Republican National Convention. Training for Change is one of the more than 200 members of the R2K Network (as in Republican 2000) planning to air at least as many peeves and injustices this week. (The organizers for both conventions are the R2/D2K Network.) The topic at hand is what to do when you get arrested for civil disobedience. Uber-earnest trainer Andrew Rose -- with the requisite long hair and Guatemalan shirt -- warns that while "jail solidarity" is important, protesters can expect that the police will treat minorities,...

The Accidental Feminist:

Sure, George W. Bush did away with the White House Women's Office of Initiatives and Outreach. He's given us a first lady who prefers to be seen and not heard. He hired women with much fanfare, then promptly dismissed their input and humiliated them in public. (Think Dick Cheney usurping Condoleezza Rice's authority and the repeated episodes in which Bush publicly contradicted and muzzled Christine Todd Whitman.) He's hacking away at the right to choose, and he's eliminating birth control coverage for federal employees. Never mind that. In his first hundred days, George Bush has done feminists a big favor. I realized the extent of Bush's contribution at this past weekend's Women's Leadership Summit sponsored by Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the American Bar Association. Though discussions ranged from old-fashioned gender bias to the double-discrimination faced by women of color, the conversation invariably returned to work/family balance. How can women achieve...