Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie, Catherine Rampell to headline La Follette Forum May 4

Special promotional content provided by UW-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs. Jamelle Bouie of The New York Times and “CBS News” and Catherine Rampell of The Washington Post will join other experts in economic policy and international relations at the La Follette School’s third annual Forum, American Power, Prosperity & Democracy, on May 4 at Monona Terrace.
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Jamelle Bouie: Why we are not facing the prospect of a second Civil War

It has not been uncommon, in recent years, to hear Americans worry about the advent of a new civil war. “Is Civil War Ahead?” The New Yorker asked last month. “Is America heading to civil war or secession?” CNN wondered on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Last week, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois told “The View” that “we have to recognize” the possibility of a civil war. “I don’t think it’s too far of a bridge to think that’s a possibility,” he said.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jamelle Bouie: Marco Rubio wants to be a working-class hero

However much Republican politicians denounce “woke capital” or emphasize their growing number of working-class supporters, the fact remains that the Republican Party’s economic agenda — of tax cuts for the wealthy and impunity for employers — is organized for the benefit of capital, from wealthy shareholders and Wall Street asset managers to the billionaire owners of glorified family firms.
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Jamelle Bouie: The Reagan guide to Biden’s political future

As his first year in office comes to a close, an ambitious new president is on the decline. His legislative agenda has stalled in a fractious Congress. Voters are angry over inflation and other economic concerns, and he is struggling to find his footing on the world stage. Allies and...
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Jamelle Bouie: Madison saw something in the Constitution we should open our eyes to

Not content to simply count on the traditional midterm swing against the president’s party, Republicans are set to gerrymander their way to a U.S. House majority next year. Last week, North Carolina’s Republican-controlled statehouse passed a new map that would, in an evenly divided electorate, give it 10 of the state’s 14 congressional seats. To overcome the gerrymander and win a bare majority of seats, according to the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, Democrats would have to win an unattainably large supermajority of votes.
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Jamelle Bouie: What ‘structural racism’ means

Whether for inspiration, new ideas or simply as a refresher, it is important to revisit the classics of whatever constitutes your field of interest. It was with that in mind that I spent much of the weekend rereading the 1948 book, “Caste, Class, and Race: A Study in Social Dynamics,” an influential (if now somewhat obscure) work of sociological analysis by Trinidadian scholar Oliver Cromwell Cox.

Jamelle Bouie: Manchin doesn’t like what Biden is doing

The expanded child tax credit is not the most ambitious policy in President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan, but it might be the one that says the most about the current direction of the Democratic Party. The monthly payment to most families with children — authorized, on a temporary...
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Jamelle Bouie: Joe Manchin should stop taking about entitlement

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has been coy about what he wants from the Democratic “reconciliation” bill meant to pass as much of the president’s agenda into law as possible. Other than a number — he wants to shrink the Biden’s administration’s Build Back Better proposal from $3.5 trillion to $1.5 trillion — Manchin has not said much about which policies he would keep and which he would cut.
Salt Lake Tribune

Jamelle Bouie: I know this is crazy, but maybe we should live under majority rule?

There are 51 votes — the Senate Democratic caucus plus Vice President Kamala Harris — to raise the debt limit and save the United States from default. There are 51 votes — again, the Senate Democratic caucus plus Vice President Harris — to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, end partisan gerrymandering and shield state and local election officials from outside interference.

Jamelle Bouie: How has Joe Biden become so unpopular?

President Joe Biden’s job approval rating is on the downslope. As of Friday morning, he was at 45.8% approval and 48.5% disapproval — from a high of 54% approval, 41% disapproval at the end of his first 100 days. There is a laundry list of reasons for this. Not only...