Patrick Caldwell

Patrick Caldwell is a writing fellow at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

Inside-Outside Game for Republicans on Medicare

The reports that Republicans were abandoning Medicare reform in advance of today’s White House summit were quickly refuted by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “Eric made very clear that our position is the Ryan budget which -- as you know -- assumes a debt limit increase and includes Medicare, Medicaid and $715 billion in mandatory savings,” Cantor’s spokesperson told Politico.

Competing GDPs in the Debt Ceiling

The Economist examined the U.S. government's bookkeeping methods and noticed that our economic models tend to present a rosier outlook than the equivalent European number crunching:

Bush Apologists Push Enhanced Interrogation After Bin Laden's Death

The death of Osama bin Laden reignited debates over Bush-era detention policy. On Monday, conservatives rushed to claim that the CIA was only able to locate bin Laden as a result of information gained during "enhanced interrogation" sessions. While the details of the hunt for bin Laden are still being laid out, The New York Times reports that waterboarding and other morally questionable tactics played little to no role in locating bin Laden.

Slow 2012 Start Hurts Fundraising For State GOPs

Yesterday Mitt Romney confirmed that he will skip the first GOP presidential debate scheduled for this Thursday in Greenville, South Carolina. Romney's decision is the latest delaying tactic among prominent 2012ers, with each of the major candidates holding off on making the full commitment to a presidential run. Only four candidates -- Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain -- are slotted to participate in Thursday's debate, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Conservatives Trumpet Use of Torture After Bin Laden's Death

Osama bin Laden’s death was at first one of the rare political occasions that united liberals and conservatives. Today, however conservative writers began using the mission’s success as evidence for the effectiveness of the “enhanced interrogation” techniques (aka torture) that were implemented under the Bush administration.