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

DORIS LESSING IS MY HERO.

I whooped for joy this morning when I read over at the Times that Doris Lessing won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. As the Guardian notes, she's only the 11th woman to win the prize, and the oldest living person to be awarded the honor.

AND YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD PROBLEMS WITH CUSTOMER SERVICE.

There's an interesting article in Sunday's Times about attempts by Countrywide borrowers to keep their houses. Countywide has "a 2,700-member unit, called the HOPE Team, that it says helps borrowers modify their loans and hold onto their homes."

But Mark Seifert, executive director of Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People, a consumer advocacy group in Cleveland, is dubious. He said his experience with Countrywide, one of the dozen or so lenders and servicers with whom he works on behalf of borrowers, has been unsatisfactory.

TODAY IN TAP ONLINE.

David Moberg (senior editor at In These Times) weighs in on the GM strike:

If business and labor had joined together in 1970 in the fight for health insurance, unionized and non-union auto companies would now be on a level playing field, and GM would not be at such a financial disadvantage against producers like Toyota because of retiree health care costs.

Kate Sheppard reports back from the UN summit on climate change.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LABOR LAWYERS?

I went to the American Constitution Society's Supreme Court Term Preview today. Lots of interesting stuff, (I'll be writing a run down of the fall docket for TAP Online early next week) but I thought the most interesting comment came from Virginia Seitz of Sidley Austin who discussed the civil rights, or as she put it "the labor and employment law " docket :

CRAIG’S PISSED. I...

CRAIG’S PISSED. I assume my fellow Gadflyer Paul had to file his column, as I did, before we learned that Larry Craig is fired up about being entrapped, and is now re-thinking his resignation announcement.

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