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Paul Starr

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Paul Starr is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, and professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the Bancroft Prize in American history, he is the author of eight books, including Entrenchment: Wealth, Power, and the Constitution of Democratic Societies (Yale University Press, May 2019).

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New norms, a weak bench, and the difficulty of leading a party with a split identity Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Why those calls on your phone are more than a nuisance Read more

Energy and the Environment

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The Democrats can and must think big, but they have to frame their ideas around the realities of a coalition party that includes suburban moderates. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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A much-too-early scenario Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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But the eventual political choices will be complicated.  Read more

Economic Policy

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We’re in a phase of a familiar cycle. Read more

Health and Social Policy

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Even on its own terms, MAGA doesn’t add up. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Electoral politics didn’t used to divide women and men. Read more

Civil Rights in America

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Electoral politics didn’t use to divide women and men. Read more

Education in America

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And it’s not clear anyone can stop him from doing it again and again.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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The two major congressional Democratic caucuses should sponsor debates among candidates who want their endorsement. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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The 2018 election showed two separate and contrary developments. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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The neoconservative weekly’s troubles are symptomatic of a larger and more dangerous change in American media and politics. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

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And how they can build on that success in 2020 Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Paul Sancya/AP Photo

Can we get beyond the clash between progressives and moderates? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images

Or will Trump define it for them? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Prospect illustration, photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP Images

Entrenched power is the problem. What can be done about it? Read more

Law and Justice

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The race for the left lane in the Democratic Party looks like it’s changing. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File

Biden is the Democratic Party’s frontrunner, but he isn’t its leader—at least not yet. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Nati Harnik/AP Photo

Some of the 2020 Democratic candidates don’t have their priorities straight. Read more

Civil Rights in America

ap_18072191483547.jpg.jpe

Cheriss May/Sipa via AP Images

New norms, a weak bench, and the difficulty of leading a party with a split identity Read more

Money, Politics and Power

ap_18075812120554.jpg.jpe

AP Photo/John Raoux, File

Why those calls on your phone are more than a nuisance Read more

Energy and the Environment

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Michael Nigro/Sipa via AP Images

The Democrats can and must think big, but they have to frame their ideas around the realities of a coalition party that includes suburban moderates. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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AP Photo/John Locher

A much-too-early scenario Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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America, can universal child care finally get your attention? Read more

Health and Social Policy

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AP Photo/Matthew Putney, File

But the eventual political choices will be complicated.  Read more

Economic Policy

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

We’re in a phase of a familiar cycle. Read more

Health and Social Policy

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John M. Chase/Shutterstock

Even on its own terms, MAGA doesn’t add up. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

ap_18267656070162.jpg.jpe

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Electoral politics didn’t used to divide women and men. Read more

Civil Rights in America

ap_18267656070162.jpg.jpe

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Electoral politics didn’t use to divide women and men. Read more

Education in America

ap_19009075103157_2.jpg.jpe

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

And it’s not clear anyone can stop him from doing it again and again.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

The two major congressional Democratic caucuses should sponsor debates among candidates who want their endorsement. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP

The 2018 election showed two separate and contrary developments. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Invision/AP

The neoconservative weekly’s troubles are symptomatic of a larger and more dangerous change in American media and politics. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture