The American Prospect

How McConnell Is Killing the Senate

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks down an empty aisle after the State of the Union address, 2018.  Congress has recessed for two weeks without passing a desperately-needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t want to anger Donald Trump by adding...

Forcing Corporations to Pay At Least Some Tax

Sipa USA via AP Presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, speaks at a campaign rally in Glendale, California, February 18, 2019. Elizabeth Warren has been dominating the ideas primary since entering the race for president. Today, on the eve of the April tax deadline, she’s turning her attention to the...

The Myth of Meritocracy

Andrew Milligan/PA Wire via AP Presidential advisor Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump play golf at the Trump International Golf Links course near Aberdeen, Scotland.  Most Americans still cling to the meritocratic notion that people are rewarded according to their efforts and abilities. But meritocracy is becoming a cruel joke. The...

How to Help the Multiple Victims of a Wrongful Conviction

AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Kyle McDaniel Volunteers Conrad Wiles and Emily Peissig speak with inmates Roy Collins and Bicannon Harris during a restorative justice seminar at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin.  Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful ConvictionBy Lara BazelonBeacon Press screen_shot_2019-04-05_at_9.04.02_am.png WHEN AN EXONERATION...

Trump’s Damaged NAFTA Deal

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais President Donald Trump speaks during the USMCA signing ceremony as Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Mexico's then-President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, look on November 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires.  A major unanswered question for this Congress was how House Democrats would handle the U.S./Mexico/Canada...

Could California End Childhood Poverty?

  AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez This toddler's family was forced to live in an RV when their landlord hiked the rent on their apartment beyond what they could afford. About a third of California's Hispanic children and about a quarter of black children live in poverty, compared to 12 percent...

Congress’s New Progressives Take On the Banks

This is a preview of the Spring issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here.  The day before Valentine’s Day, the House Financial Services Committee convened its first hearing of the 116th Congress. For the prior eight years, when Republicans controlled the House, hearings were typically reserved for the...

Democracy Needs the National Popular Vote

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Protesters hold signs outside the Capitol before Electoral College electors vote following the 2016 presidential election in Olympia, Washington.  The next Iraqi presidential election should be exciting, because while we know Muqtada al-Sadr’s Saairun party will pick up most of the electoral votes in the Shiite south,...