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.

Recent Articles

THE SMELL OF FEAR.

Echoing what Dana said, it looks like Howard Wolfson and company are starting to reach a bit. Now they're citing an essay Barack Obama wrote in third grade! What's next, his middle school yearbook haircut as an indictment?

--Tom Schaller

GAMING OUT MCCAIN'S IMPROBABLE WIN.

As I said in August in a Baltimore Sun column, I still think John McCain is the Republicans' best bet to keep the White House in 2008. Though I sometimes disagree with David Broder, he's right about the lure of a McCain-Mike Huckabee ticket.

OVERFLOWING WITH CAUTION.

Despite what I said about the Obama campaign's growing confidence, there was an interesting moment after Obama's speech when he poked briefly into the overflow room to greet and thank throngs of his supporters, who had packed that room because the main ballroom was full. In fact, they were so loud that sound from the second room, which was adjacent to the main hall, could be heard for several moments after Obama's introduction, and he couldn't start his remarks until things calmed down. (And, smartly, he smiled and paused so that the extra boostering would be noticed by the audience and the media.)

CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE CHANGED.

The Clinton campaign is raising the issue of Barack Obama's incomplete health care plan and misleading statements about what it does and does not do. Clinton camp internet director Peter Daou published this at HuffPo calling on Obama campaign chair David Axelrod to correct the record.

Personal Finance Gets Political

Self-help finance guru Suze Orman has had an epiphany: Lending institutions could use some regulation.

Illustration by Steve Brodner.

Suze Orman's seven-day December cruise around the Caribbean has been cancelled. In between shuffle board and sunning, the popular financial adviser had been slated to dispense wisdom on "How to Make More Out of Less," "Retirement Planning," "Investments," and "Estate Planning." But at a time when 2.2 million people have lost, or risk losing, their homes due to the mortgage crisis, when credit card debt has nearly tripled, and when the average student leaves college with $21,000 of student loan debt, it seems few people were willing to drop the $1,000-plus ticket price to learn the mantra of the personal finance industry: You, and you alone, have the power to control your financial destiny.

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