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Dispatches From Cleveland: Day 2

The Prospect's ongoing coverage from inside and outside the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

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HAROLD MEYERSON The Trump Show is Trapped in Time gop_convention_icon.jpg What time is it? What year is it? The first night of Donald Trump’s convention suggested we were back in an earlier age, when crime was rampant, fear stalked the cities, and good people hunkered down in their homes and prayed the storm would pass. “The vast majority of Americans do not feel safe,” Rudy Giuliani grimly announced, before proclaiming that Trump would restore order in America as he, Rudy (thumping his chest to make sure you understood he meant himself), had in New York. Never mind that serious crime has fallen by a quarter since 2006, and had been halved in the decade preceding. Dangers lurk everywhere. To prove the point, Trump’s handlers produced three parents of sons killed by undocumented immigrants. Two were killed in auto accidents, however, and with more than 30,000 Americans killed in such accidents every year, it’s hard to argue on the basis of two cases that...

Dispatches From Cleveland: Day 1

The Prospect's ongoing coverage from inside and outside the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

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HAROLD MEYERSON Convention: A City on Edge gop_convention_icon.jpg The passengers on the streetcar inching along in downtown Cleveland, the waitress in the corner lunchroom, the riders on the train to the city’s far suburbs—they’re all nervous. The waitress, who served some colleagues and me as the news broke of the murder of three Baton Rouge policemen, was visibly upset and all but trembling about the coming four days. The passengers on the streetcar, one of whom worked a few blocks from the Quicken Loans Arena, site of this week’s Republican convention, segued from what they feared would be the near impossibility of getting around town, or just to work, during the convention to the general apprehension of what hell might break loose. The riders on the train to the ‘burbs alternated between excitement and presentiment. Cleveland is not an armed camp—at least not visibly, at least not yet. Read More . GABRIELLE GURLEY As Maine Goes Other Republican...

Eliza Newlin Carney to Join The American Prospect

Eliza Newlin Carney joins The American Prospect as a senior editor on November 9. Carney joins the Prospect from a post as a senior writer and columnist for CQ Roll Call, where she covers lobbying, influence and political money.

Before joining CQ Roll Call in 2011, Carney worked at National Journal, where she also wrote a column and focused on money and influence. She is best known for coining the term "super PAC," and brings broad editorial experience in magazines, breaking news, blogging and commentary to the post.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Prospect and its talented staff,” said Carney. “This is a key moment for the progressive movement, and the Prospect is uniquely positioned to inform it.”

What’s Next for the TPP: Clyde Prestowitz in Conversation with David Dayen

The mammoth trade deal, completed at last, now heads to a divided Congress and a tough election season.

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Clyde Prestowitz, longtime Far East diplomat and critic, is author of the cover piece in the new fall issue of the Prospect , on the Trans-Pacific Partnership as failed China policy. David Dayen, who has covered a number of economic topics for us, profiled chief trade negotiator Mike Froman, in our summer issue. We asked Prestowitz and Dayen to discuss the recently agreed TPP deal. Prospect: Does the TPP agreement that was just announced improve the deal in any significant respects? Does China have anything to fear from this deal? Prestowitz: To start with your last question, China has absolutely nothing to fear from this deal. Indeed, China may well want to join up. A key factor to keep in mind is that the deal will likely discipline America more than any other participant. For instance, the deal says the U.S. can reinstall tariffs if a country like Vietnam or Malaysia violates the labor or state enterprise provisions. But, based on past performance, the U.S. will never invoke this...

Fixing Obama’s Second Term

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In the president’s first term, a gauntlet of procedural hurdles stood in the way of progressive change. As Majority Leader Harry Reid promises to reform the filibuster—on the magical day when the new Senate convenes and can make new rules—most progressives are wondering whether it’s an end to many of President Barack Obama’s problems. After all, without the constant threat of a filibuster, Senate Democrats wouldn’t have had to scramble for votes from the centrists who watered down health-care legislation and stalled action on climate change in Obama’s first two years, when he had an outright majority in the Senate. But the filibuster was only the most obvious procedural challenge to a more progressive Obama first term. There are other things the president did in his first four years that caused important legislation to sputter and fail and that led to a less-than-progressive agenda. Here are some of the other problems Obama helped cause in his...