Alexander Sammon


Alexander Sammon is a staff writer at The American Prospect. His email is

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To face a monstrous Republican seeking re-election, Democrats chose a moderate, ‘electable’ Senate lifer over an insurgent from Vermont. What about this year? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son lost $70 billion when the first tech bubble burst. His Vision Fund is heavily invested in practically every tech IPO disaster this year. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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The former secretary of state was ensnared in Nixon-era crimes and got away, subsequently helping to set foreign policy for a half-century. That can’t happen again. Read more


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As the corporate bill mill wanes in influence, large businesses are taking matters into their own hands. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are discussing an agreement that would lock the world’s second-most-populous country into exclusive prescription drug arrangements. Read more

America and the World


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His Housing for All plan includes a commission to study and grant relief to victims of fraud and abuse in the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis. Read more


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The consumer agency is finalizing new rules on debt collectors that would enable them to get judgments on illegitimate debts. Read more

Economic Policy


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The legislature has sent a bill to the governor that could set a pattern for reducing medical costs. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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By announcing it would not comply with a California law reclassifying its workers as employees, Uber is returning to the company’s time-honored tradition as a scofflaw. Read more

Law and Justice


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The city’s bid to take over PG&E could mark a turning point in restoring a more environmentally and economically just power grid. Read more

Energy and the Environment


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Faced with few other taxes left to cut, the Trump administration is innovating new ways to make tax revenue from investment income vanish. Read more

Economic Policy


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It’s not truckers. It’s cashiers. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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A state bill that would reclassify most independent contractors as employees is revealing fractures between Obama-era Democrats and those seeking to lead the party into the future. Read more

Working in America


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It’s called step-up in basis, and it wipes away all capital gains in his $50 billion estate. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Virtually any Democrat would be favored to beat Cory Gardner in Colorado, and virtually any Democrat is better than John Hickenlooper. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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A scam to get patients to switch from Medicare to private insurance for dialysis care is being threatened by a bill in the Golden State. DaVita and Fresenius, the dialysis giants, have placed enormous funds into opposing it. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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Democratic candidates are returning en masse to Great Society–era policies, which may also hold the key to rescuing the Fourth Estate. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


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Some money-losing transit districts shift to ridesharing—but the cost for that may prove even greater. Read more

Housing and Transportation


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Talk has increased that Beto O’Rourke should end his presidential campaign to take on John Cornyn in a Senate race. Even if he doesn’t, Democrats have a shot to make gains in the Lone Star State. Read more

Law and Justice

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