Monica Potts

Monica Potts is a senior writer for The American Prospect. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Connecticut Post and the Stamford Advocate. She also blogs at PostBourgie.

Recent Articles

"Objective" Reporting.

Associate Press reporter Stephen Ohlemacher has a dour piece about Social Security. I'll leave it to AlterNet's Joshua Holland to describe what's wrong with the piece, but I just wanted to point out that Ohlemacher is the same reporter who wrote an awful piece in April about how so many Americans don't pay taxes.

Target on Planned Parenthood.

Jamilah King at ColorLines highlights the effort of an anti-abortion group called Live Action to "O-Keefe" Planned Parenthood -- that is, to try to catch employees on video cooperating with someone posing as a sex worker the way conservative activist James O'Keefe did with ACORN.

Winning the Future.

That's the phrase you'll probably hear from the White House a lot. Like Matt Yglesias, I went to a bloggers' roundtable with other progressive journalists today and met with David Axelrod. He repeated this phrase a lot and also said repeatedly, along with an economic adviser, Brian Deese, that the president would not make cuts to the budget that would not lead to growth.

States of the Union.


My colleague Jamelle Bouie has a nice take on last night's State of the Union address. Bouie pointed out what didn't make it into the address, like the depressingly high unemployment rate and the joblessness that's continuing despite a slow economic recovery.

The State of Clean Energy

In his State of the Union address, the president made large-scale commitments to clean energy, but is it all just talk?


Roughly 24 hours after Politico reported that Carol Browner, Barack Obama's energy and environmental adviser, was leaving, the president came out strong for clean energy in his State of the Union address: He set a goal of getting 80 percent of our energy from clean sources by 2035.