Phoebe Connelly

Phoebe Connelly is a former web editor of the Prospect. Previously, she was managing editor of In These Times. She writes on political culture, human rights and feminism.

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Via SCOTUSblog the Supreme Court just handed down its decision in Kimbrough v. U.S. which challenged the sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine: It ruled 7-2 that the federal guidelines on sentencing for cocaine violations are advisory only, rejecting a lower court ruling that they are effectively mandatory. Judges must consider the Guideline range for a cocaine violation, the Court said, but may conclude that they are too harsh and may sentence below the range by considering the wide disparity between punishment for crack cocaine and cocaine in powder form. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the decision in Kimbrough v. U.S. (06-6330). The ruling validates the view of the U.S. Sentencing Commission that the 100-to-1 crack v. powder cocaine disparity may exaggerate the seriousness of crack crimes. The Court decision Monday rejected the Bush Administration argument that, because Congress had written the ratio into federal law, federal judges could not depart from it...


That from a participant at an evangelistic strategy session at the offices of Charisma magazine, according to the magazine's editor, J. Lee Grady . Although Charisma's pages are filled with glowing articles by and about some of televangelism's most ardent telethon-ers, Grady has been a critic of the monetary excesses and lack of transparency in many of the ministries otherwise celebrated in his magazine. Grady has refused to condemn Sen. Charles Grassley's (R-Iowa) recent investigation into six ministries' use of tax-exempt donor funds to pay for their luxurious lifestyles, and although he's written that he will "not rush to judgment" about the ministries, he added that "I can’t understand how some preachers can take their offerings with a straight face. How can anyone, for example, think that it is a wise use of God’s money to pay $10,000 a night for a hotel room on the way home from a foreign ministry trip? Something needs to be said. Questions need to be asked. That’s why I refuse...


If there were any remaining doubts about whether Hillary Clinton's collapse is merely an artifice of a (hopeful?) national media or something truly demonstrable, let it be known that she has fallen, and dramatically. IOWA. Comparing results in the Hawkeye State from September 23 and December 6 Strategic Vision polls , in 10 weeks Clinton has gone from a three-point lead over Barack Obama to a seven-point deficit, with Edwards and almost all other candidates except Bill Richardson holding steady. (Richardson's dropped from 13 percent to 3 percent, and undecideds went from 14 percent to 8 percent, with Obama picking up most of the combined 13 percent movers.) SOUTH CAROLINA. Whereas a month ago she had a 10-point lead over Obama here, according to Rasmussen polls Clinton's lead in the Palmetto State is now a mere two points—a statistical tie. NEW HAMPSHIRE. Ditto for the Granite State: The new ABC/Washington Post poll has Clinton +6 over Obama, ratifying the drop the three Rasmussen...


Eds. note: Alex Rossmiller has graciously agreed to occasionally join us on Tapped. See his previous writing for the Prospect here . As Matt brilliantly explained , the National Review "apology" for printing what appears to be blatant falsehoods about Lebanon essentially rests on the idea that Arabs are big liars. Who can blame the poor editors, then, for being taken in by such a devious group? But while I share Matt's horror at this "unreconstructed bigotry," the comparison to Ralph Peters is in the wrong direction of (purported) legitimacy. This attitude is, in fact, essentially the position of the U.S. government. In preparation for my deployment to Iraq in 2005, I (and all the other civilian and military personnel heading out) were given a "Culture Guide to Iraq" which included, among other things, the helpful hints that "Arabs usually believe that many, if not most, things in life are controlled by the will of God (fate) rather than by human beings. That is why it is difficult to...