Jamelle Bouie is a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and a Writing Fellow for The American Prospect magazine in Washington D.C. His speciality is US politics—with a focus on parties, elections and campaign finance—and his work has appeared at The Washington Independent, CNN.com, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ blog at the Atlantic, in addition to regular blogging and analysis at The Prospect. He is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, and lives in Washington D.C, though his heart remains in Charlottesville, VA.
Without federal assistance, Medicaid is too expensive for most states, and as a result, some Republican governors are pushing the Obama administration to let them make cuts to the program.
Compared to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's plan for tax reform, the Bush tax cuts are a quaint example of fiscal restraint.
Despite the obsession with spending cuts in Washington, DC, large majorities of Americans support tax increases to reduce the deficit.
Conservatives have attacked unions as bad for African Americans, but the truth is that civil rights and the labor movement have gone hand-in-hand for decades.
House Republicans have opened another front in their war against the unemployed.
The big banks are donating a lot of money to members of the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. Why? Because those Congresspeople could close down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The actual views of a presidential candidate don’t matter as much as you think.
After running against it in 2010, Democrats plan to make use of Citizens United in 2012.