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.

Recent Articles

February Sky

TAP Online joins all Americans in mourning the loss of the seven astronauts this weekend aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Why do these seven deaths affect us as a nation so deeply? Everyone has his or her own theory, and many were eloquently recited this weekend. My preferred explanation can be found in something published 17 years ago, the afternoon the Challenger exploded, and it didn't contain a single word. I thought of it on Saturday soon after I heard the news about the Columbia, and I suspect many others did as well: It's this cartoon by Doug Marlette (then at The Charlotte Observer ) depicting a bald eagle shedding a single tear and looking up at the sky. If you follow the eyes of Marlette's eagle, astronauts are more than daring scientists who take risks to broaden human knowledge; they are symbols of humanity's thirst for progress, whatever form it may take, precisely because their laboratory is the sky. When people say, "The sky's the limit," they mean to convey an...

Two Speeches

President George W. Bush delivered two State of the Union addresses last night: an unconvincing recitation of platitudes about supply-side economics followed by a compelling -- even grand -- articulation of America's role in the world. In doing so, he presented Democrats with a difficult but not unsolvable puzzle for the next two years: how to challenge head-on this president's deeply conservative domestic program while embracing, improving upon and, yes, even co-opting the best aspects of his sweeping, idealistic vision for American foreign policy. First the disposable stuff -- and let's be honest, that's exactly what the first half of Bush's speech was. On abortion, on health care, and especially on taxes and economics, Bush recycled conservative rhetoric that dates to the 1980s, if not earlier. We're now a decade and a half removed from the end of the Reagan presidency, but the best this administration can do when it comes to tax policy is trot out supply-side clichés and...

Editor's Note

With the new year approaching -- and TAP Online in the midst of a one-week vacation -- it seems an appropriate time to provide our readers with an update on what our Web site has accomplished during the last few months, and where we hope to take it in the months to come. I took over as editor of TAP Online in September. During the last four months, TAP Online has dramatically increased the amount -- and range -- of online material we publish on a daily basis. We are now publishing an average of two to three Web-only articles per day, a dramatic increase over our previous output. And while we continue to devote much of this space to the kind of argumentative pieces that have long been the site's staple, we have begun to publish regular reported dispatches -- from Washington, from around the nation and from points around the globe. Regular visitors to our site have probably noticed that our correspondents have recently filed reports from London and Rio de Janeiro and Asmara, Eritrea (to...

Editor's Note

TAP Online wishes all our readers a Happy Thanksgiving. We'll resume publication on Monday, Dec. 2. In the meantime, check out three of our latest pieces, one from the print magazine and two from the online edition: Dems in the Dumps : Harold Meyerson demystifies their defeat and charts their comeback. Native American TV : PBS finally finds fodder for Mystery on this side of the Atlantic. Garrett Epps reports. Edwards Isn't For Real : Mary Lynn F. Jones explains why the hype surrounding the senator from North Carolina is unlikely to stick. Enjoy the holiday. Richard Just Editor, TAP Online

Moral Imperative

I voted for Al Gore in 2000 at least in part because of his foreign-policy platform. Among the three major tickets, his seemed to stand most clearly for a program of American forward engagement in world affairs. Both Gore and his running mate, Joe Lieberman, had enthusiastically supported every American military action since the end of the Cold War. And both men seemed genuinely committed to a belief that American power could serve the cause of American principle -- in situations of obvious national interest as well as in situations of obvious moral imperative. The two other major candidates seemed to be, by contrast, isolationists, though very different kinds. George W. Bush's main critique during the 2000 campaign of the Clinton-Gore foreign policy was that it was too forward, too ambitious and -- strangest of all, in retrospect -- too dependent on American military power. The guiding light of Bush's foreign-policy agenda appeared to be Colin Powell, a man who had at least initially...