Christen Simeral

Christen Simeral is a Prospect Spring 2011 intern.

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Jamelle Bouie writes that the top Republican players for 2012 have some advice for Congress on the debt ceiling.

Q&A: Googly-Eyed

Steven Levy talks about the view from inside the world of Google.

Google co-founders Sergey Brin, left, and Larry Page (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
In his new book, IN THE PLEX: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives , technology reporter and Hackers author Steven Levy provides an inside look at the company that has irreversibly transformed the World Wide Web and the way we obtain and perceive information. Levy takes his readers inside the Googleplex, Google's Silicon Valley headquarters, to reveal what drives -- as well as sets back -- the company whose name has worked its way into the Oxford English Dictionary as a transitive verb. From Google's future plans to previously inaccessible details about Chinese Web censorship, Levy dishes out the inside scoop for the first time, as told by the top guns of the company, including its legendary co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The Prospect talked to Levy about his approach to reporting on Google and some of the challenges the company faces. There have been a lot of books published about Google. What makes yours different? I knew there were other books about Google. I...

The Little Picture: Operation Desert Sky

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona's Maricopa County has created a collection of 30 private planes to track illegal immigrants and drug smugglers in what he calls Operation Desert Sky. Private pilots have been flying over central Arizona for two weeks, and though arrests have yet to be made, Sheriff Joe (above) says it will act as a deterrent. (Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

The Little Picture: Japan's Nuclear Threat

The severity level of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station crisis has been raised from 5 to the highest level of 7, Japan's government announced yesterday, putting it on the same level as the Chernobyl meltdown of 1986. Though the radiation released was one-tenth that of Chernobyl, the increase in severity was based on recent reports about the amount of radioactive iodine and cesium released. Above, officials inspect children from the evacuation area for signs of radiation. (Flickr/Kordian)