Sam Rosenfeld is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Harvard University and a former web editor at the Prospect.
Sam RosenfeldJun 28, 2007
DEMS ARE MORE TRUSTED IN WORLD WAR AGAINST ISLAMOFASCISM. Greg Sargent is right , this is a truly egregious question in the latest FOX News poll but also a pretty telling result. --Sam Rosenfeld
Sam RosenfeldJun 28, 2007
SEATTLE AND LOUISVILLE. As expected, in another 5-4 decision the Supreme Court struck down two public school integration plans in Seattle and Louisville. We're going to be running extensive coverage of this today and tomorrow, but for now, see here (PDF) for the full decision. Speaking of school integration, John Derbyshire offers some thoughtful comments here . --Sam Rosenfeld
Sam RosenfeldJun 27, 2007
CARD-CHECKED. The Employee Free Choice Act died in the Senate yesterday by a vote of 51-48 -- nine votes short of what would be needed for cloture. Today, New York Times economics writer David Leonhardt has a hand-wringy piece that both sides with card-check's opponents in their argument that the process is illegitimate because it doesn't involve a secret ballot, but also laments the longterm decline of organized labor in the United States and its impact on rising inequality. Dean Baker makes two points in response (also see his commenters). It would have been nice to see Leonhardt specify what other measures he'd like to see implemented that could curb antiunion attacks from business and boost unions' prospects for organizing workers who would, all things equal, like to be organized. Harold wrote about the Employee Free Choice Act last week here , while Dmitri Iglitzin laid out some other labor law reform proposals beyond card-check last month here . --Sam Rosenfeld
Sam RosenfeldJun 26, 2007
NOT JUST ACTS OF COMMISSION. The chief prosecutor in the DoD's Office of Military Commissions took to the New York Times op-ed page today to defend conditions in Guantanamo Bay and the integrity of the military commissions process for detainees there: "Guantánamo Bay is a clean, safe and humane place for enemy combatants," Morris D. David concludes, "and the Military Commissions Act provides a fair process to adjudicate the guilt or innocence of those alleged to have committed crimes." I think others could do a more thorough job engaging Davis's substantive defense of the commissions, but one point made on our site recently by Jonathan Hafetz is, I think, crucial to keep in mind as we get tangled in arguments about the commissions process and what might possibly be done to improve them: Namely, most detainees are never going to face a military commission at all . As Hafetz wrote, The president created military commissions two months after September 11 as part of his "new...