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The American Prospect

16 articles

The Spirit and the Law

On the Becket Fund, a little-known firm that has become the leading force in the fight for corporations seeking a religious exemption from covering employees’ birth control.


Modern-Day Slavery in America's Prison Workforce

Inmates work for hours each day and yet have no labor rights.


The Passion of Dan Choi

He was the poster boy for the movement to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Now Dan Choi is sleeping on a couch, smoking too much weed, watching TED talks and wondering what he’ll do with the rest of his life.


The 40-Year Slump

How the American worker got screwed.


What's Killing Poor White Women?

They have lost five years of life expectancy and no one knows why.


Los Infiltradores

Why three young undocumented activists intentionally got themselves detained.


Ghosts of the Rio Grande

On the hundreds of corpses that go unindentified every year along the U.S.-Mexico border.


The Weeklies

Meet Colorado’s suburban, Ramada-dwelling homeless.


Joel Klein's Misleading Autobiography

The former chancellor of New York City schools was not, in fact, “a child of the streets. He was not an academically unmotivated student. He did not come from a deprived family background. He did not grow up in public housing as we understand it today.”


Pressing On the Upward Way

A profile of life in Owsley County, one of the poorest in the country.


My So-Called Ex-Gay Life

A young man’s personal account of undergoing “ex-gay treatment.”


Susan B. Anthony's Hit List

On the Susan B. Anthony List, the anti-choice power broker:

In a year when 11 women are running for the U.S. Senate, including six pro-choice Democratic incumbents, the efforts of a group founded by second-wave feminists, named for a first-wave feminist, could once again be a major force in reducing female representation in Congress.


The Test Generation

What happens in the classroom when a state begins to evaluate all teachers, at every grade level, based on how well they “grow” their students’ test scores? Colorado is about to find out.


The Serfs of Arkansas

Immigrant farmers are flocking to the poultry industry -- only to become 21st-century sharecroppers for companies like Tyson.

Business Is Booming

Relative to the total national income, American corporations are making more money than they have since 1947. The connection behind soaring profits and stagnant unemployment.


Washington's I.T. Guy

Carl Malamud is on a quest to change the way average citizens can interface with the government – by scanning its paperwork and making it available free online. And he’s financing his effort with his own credit cards.