Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is the executive editor of The American ProspectHis email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

Recent Articles

National Security Agencies Have Spoken: Private Equity Ownership Imperils America

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(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman attends a panel during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 23, 2018. B y the normal standards of U.S. national security, the government’s ruling on Tuesday to delay and potentially derail the acquisition of high-tech company Qualcomm by the Singaporean company Broadcom was startlingly smart and gobsmackingly wonderful. It was smart because it extended its definition of U.S. security interests to maintaining our advantage in the development of the most advanced forms of technology, in this case, the 5G communications systems that will be critical to both driverless cars and network security in coming decades. The government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS for short) wrote that it feared that if Qualcomm, the nation’s leading developer of 5G technology, were purchased by Broadcom, its research would suffer and a Chinese high-tech company, Huawei, would likely surge...

There Are Echoes of the Fugitive Slave Act in Today’s Immigration Debate

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Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP, File Foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles This article originally appeared at The Los Angeles Times . Subscribe here . L ast week, Libby Schaaf, mayor of Oakland, took the logic of so-called sanctuary cities and states one step further by warning that Immigration and Customs Enforcement had planned a raid on immigrants in the country illegally. Over the weekend, roughly 150 immigrants were apprehended in Northern California. Predictably, the backlash from Trump supporters, immigrant haters, and ICE authorities has been intense. Was Schaaf impeding law enforcement? What was she thinking? It was probably a good deal like what the leaders of pre-Civil War Northern cities and states were thinking when they resisted the federal government's efforts to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act, which a Southern-dominated Congress had...

Spoiling for Spoils

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AP Photo/Susan Walsh President Donald Trump walks into the House Chamber as he arrives for his State of the Union address I t may still be going on, this first Trump State of the Union. Surely, there are people in the gallery he hasn’t introduced yet. And has he finished talking about MS-13? That was the second longest part of his speech, second only to taking credit for the economy. (Having become president in Year Seven of the recovery, Trump taking credit calls to mind Ann Richards’s line about George H.W. Bush: “He was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.”) SOTUs should be watched closely to discover what it is that the president thinks Americans should fear, or at least cast a watchful eye on. Trump devoted one sentence to Russia and China. Not one sentence each; one sentence for them both. ISIS drew a couple of minutes. MS-13 probably took up around eight minutes. Plainly a greater threat than the spread of Chinese authoritarianism or Russian anti-liberalism, not to...

Censuring Donald Trump

A national campaign goes public in the Times.

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AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta President Donald Trump speaks at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington I n the front section of the print edition of today’s New York Times —on page A13 in the version printed for the Washington, D.C., area, and for all I know, in other areas, too—a full-page ad appears with the headline “Censure Donald Trump.” Beneath the headline are 34 grounds for censure that the 57,000 signatories to this campaign are telling Congress are more than sufficient cause for the House and Senate to pass censure resolutions condemning the president. At the bottom the page, readers are directed to a website— www.censuredonaldtrump.com —where they can add their names to the petition. In the current political climate, censure is something of a halfway house between impeachment—which only a fraction of Democratic senators and representatives support, fearing it would both eclipse all other battles and energize the right—and the individual statements of...

Paul Booth, 1943-2018

Jobs With Justice
Jobs With Justice Paul Booth with Jobs With Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta at the group's 2008 conference in Providence, Rhode Island S ix days ago, I was having an email exchange with the author of a piece I was editing on how Democrats can both turn out their base and reach out to voters outside their base in the 2018 midterms. We were going back and forth on three points in the piece—chiefly, on whether Latinos could be said to have realigned themselves more toward the Democrats during the 1990s (the author’s position) or whether so many new Latino voters came forth during that decade that their Democratic shift was more a surge than a realignment (my position). After dredging up the exit poll percentages from the California gubernatorial elections of 1990, 1994, and 1998, and doing the numerical calculations (candidate preference percentage times Latino share of the electorate times raw number of votes cast) to come up with the steadily declining number of Latino votes...

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