Richard Just

Richard Just is the deputy editor of The New Republic. From September 2002 until December 2003, he was editor of The American Prospect Online. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 2001, with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At Princeton, he was the editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian.

Richard is also the founder and executive director of The Daily Princetonian Class of 2001 Summer Journalism Program, a 10-day program for students from under-resourced high schools who are planning to pursue careers in journalism. The program is held annually on the campus of Princeton University; its inaugural session took place in August 2002.

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Editor's Note

Dear TAP Online Readers:

Today we are pleased to unveil a redesigned version of our weblog, Tapped -- the first of what I hope will be many improvements to The American Prospect Online that will take place in the near future. Tapped, as most of you by now know, is updated frequently during the day with commentary and analysis by several people affiliated with our magazine. It provides an opportunity for us to bring our point of view to bear on events as they develop.

The Emptiness and the Anger

The drama may have been at the Washington Monument on Saturday afternoon -- but the progress was taking place at the other end of the National Mall.


This week, as the U.S. News & World Report college rankings hit newsstands across the nation, administrators at elite colleges will react as they do every year -- with a well-rehearsed display of dismissive disgust. They will call the rankings flawed indicators of a college's academic worth. They will encourage high school seniors not to base their college choices on an arbitrary list. And they will accuse U.S. News of having imposed an artificial competition on colleges desperate to move up even one or two slots in the rankings.

Natural Causes:

Atkins v. Virginia and Ring v. Arizona -- the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions restricting who can receive the death penalty and who can impose it -- are important for all sorts of reasons, but none quite as central as the fact that the rulings themselves aren't so important at all. At least not in the sense of importance that most Americans generally attach to Supreme Court rulings: These were not daring thunderbolts of judicial intervention aimed from on high, but rather decisions dictated, in many ways, from below. To be sure, for members of the anti-death-penalty movement, Atkins and Ring are confirmation from the top of the legal system that things are moving slowly in their direction.

Playing the Yeshiva Card:

Last week, I argued in a TAP Online piece that the main danger of school vouchers is their potential to undermine American unity: With Christians likely to flock primarily to Christian schools, Jews to Jewish schools and Muslims to Muslim schools, America's pluralistic melting pot could eventually start to splinter along religious lines. Yesterday, National Review Online proved my case.