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Issue: The President Doesn't Matter (As Much As You Think)

Issue number: 11

Against the great-man theory of the presidency Read more

Features

Responses to Sam Boyd's profile of Rachel Maddow, our special report on race and the economy, and Robert Kuttner's coverage of the economy. Also, a message from Prospect Executive Editor Mark Schmitt. Read more

Departments

The idea that helping others harms them is not just wrong but destructive to democracy, Deborah Stone argues. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Is citizenship possible without nationalism? Following Jurgen Habermas, Jan-Werner Muller argues that "constitutional patriotism" is a viable alternative. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Ron Suskind has traced the history of the Bush years with a novelist's ear. Now he looks at the tragedy through the eyes of its victims. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

The consequences of letting money flow freely around the globe led two authors to think radically about economic possibilities. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Navigating a family health emergency, one policy expert learns it's not just doctors who make mistakes--systems can make them worse. Read more

Features

The mainstream gay-rights movement's slow evolution on transgender issues. Read more

Features

A grass-roots movement for transgender rights is flourishing in some of America's most conservative regions. Read more

Features

In all-important Ohio, labor has finally taken on the challenge of persuading its white members to vote for Barack Obama. Will it be enough to change working-class voters' minds? Read more

Departments

As chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus could help pass a progressive social-policy agenda. Or he could be its biggest roadblock. Read more

Features

A quiet revolution in the U.S. military has resurrected Vietnam-era strategies to fight the war on terrorism. Retired Lt. Col. John Nagl makes counterinsurgency seem so appealing that it's easy to forget its dark side. Read more

Features

In the middle of our market economy sits an island of central planning, the Federal Reserve. No president or Congress dares challenge the power of its chairman, Ben Bernanke. Read more

Features

As the banking system collapses, politicians and journalists are ignoring one of the main causes of the crisis: massive inequality. Read more

Columns

Political thinkers used to ask if the public was sufficiently well-informed to govern. Today the question is whether anyone is. Read more

Columns

The final days of the 2008 campaign can be understood as a battle of narratives about the economy -- and Republicans are having trouble figuring out just what theirs is. Read more

Columns

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's quest for a third term may signal a turn against the term limits enacted around the country in the early 1990s. Read more

Columns

Recent fictionalizations of our 43rd president show that we're done with the screeds and parodies. After eight long years, we just want to know what makes him tick. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture