Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: Apparently We've Already Decided on the Shutdown Winners and Losers

Loser: Republicans Winner: Congress Loser: Congress Winner: Booze Loser : D.C. Lottery Winners Winner: Invasive bugs Loser: Immigration reform Winner: Cookie Monster Winner: Dollywood Winner: Skateboarders Winner: Squirrels Winner: Foxes Winner: Nic Cage Winner: No one

Daily Meme: The Roberts Court Takes Another Look at Affirmative Action

Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action— or as you probably know it, the University of Michigan affirmative-action case. Unlike last year's Fisher v. University of Texas , the justices won't be debating the validity of assessing race in higher-education admissions . Instead, the case revolves around a 2006 referendum , Proposal 2, amending the state's constitution to prohibit racial consideration in college admissions. Although the Supreme Court sent Fisher back to the lower courts, Nina Totenberg doesn't expect the same will happen with today's case. "Most observers expect there will be no such punt on the Michigan referendum . The clear odds are that the justices will sustain [the referendum]." Striking down the referendum is a hard sell. As an ACLU lawyer admits, "How can a provision that is designed to end discrimination in fact discriminate?" The challenger in the case, the Coalition to Defend Affirmative...

Daily Meme: Crazy Soundbites While You Were Sleeping—Tea Party Edition

Although there may have been little news about ending the shutdown over the weekend, Tea Party Republicans managed to fill the empty space with plenty of crazy soundbites. For those of you who blissfully managed to stay away from the crazy, here's a small sample of what you missed. Ben Carson : "Obamacare is, really I think, the worst thing that's happened in this nation since slavery." Michele Bachmann : “Obamacare will ultimately be known as Deathcare." Glenn Beck : “[Obama] has the movies. He has the university system. He has television. He has the news. He has GE, Comcast, and NBC. And he still has a lower approval rating than Bush." Rand Paul : "Across the globe, Christians are under attack, almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages or under early pagan Roman rule." Ted Cruz : “This is the people’s [World War II] memorial. Let me ask a simple question. Why is the federal government spending money to erect barricades to keep veterans out of this memorial?...

Daily Meme: Congress, Better than Ebola!

Americans are not impressed with Republicans right now. While President Obama's approval rating has ticked up two points this month, the GOP has seen their popularity drop to its lowest levels ever. By a margin of 22 percent, respondents in the latest NBC/ WSJ poll blame Republicans over the White House for the government shutdown. Also on the country's bad side? Congress writ large. Public Policy Polling found that 85 percent of respondents disapprove of our chief legislative body's job performance. Just to hit the point home of how bad a position the House is in, let's look at what people have said in the past about a few things people currently like better than Congress. Witches : "Her mind will always be plotting and scheming and churning and burning and whizzing and phizzing with murderous bloodthirsty thoughts." Respondents preferred witches over Congress by a margin of 14 percentage points. Cockroaches : "Catching sight of a cockroach usually inspires one of a short list of...

Daily Meme: Don't Forget the Sequester

The House is finally starting to make moves on the debt ceiling and the budget, but it's important to note that one sure casualty of this extended stand-off is all of the federal spending already slashed by the sequester earlier this year. The clean CR passed by the Senate, you may note, restores government spending at post-sequestration levels, meaning that no matter what, Republicans end this battle with a substantial, if unlikely to be splashed all over the news, policy win , regardless of how the politics of the shutdown are dissected and graded. And, it's not looking like the budget cuts are going to prompt a public outcry either, despite their myriad troubling effects. Only 23 percent of respondents in a recent National Journal survey say they've noticed the budget cuts at all. With programs and jobs being chopped up left and right, it looks more like Americans have taken our sparse and underfunded programs as the status quo, instead of something worth getting angry about,...