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JUST POSTED ON TAP: THE TCHOTCHKE ECONOMY. Robert Kuttner explains that while electronics and other consumer goods have become more affordable, the costs of housing, college education, and health care are rising. You know what else is affordable? A subscription to The American Prospect . It�s just $19.95 for 12 issues. --The Editors...

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JUST POSTED ON TAP: THE ANTI-JOE. No wonder Joe Lieberman seems testy these days -- the three-term senator faces his most serious primary challenge since taking office. Marie Cocco , in the latest issue of the Prospect , looks at the man who would be senator, Ned Lamont , and his potential path to victory. For more on this and other races, visit Midterm Madness . --The Editors

A Talk with Sherrod

On Friday March 10, the Prospect hosted the second in its series bringing together elected officials and a select group of journalists. The guest was Congressman Sherrod Brown, a Democrat who represents Ohio's 13th district, which includes suburban Cleveland and Akron. Brown is a candidate for U.S. Senate this year, running against Republican incumbent Mike DeWine. A recording of the event is available here . Michael Tomasky : Congressman, thank you for coming. Sherrod Brown : It's a pleasure to be here among allies and friends and people who generally see the country in an open-minded way, thank you for that. Maria [Leavey, the series coordinator], thank you for having me. I'm honored to be here. Let me talk a little bit about Ohio and the kind of election I think this is going to be and the way I think progressive candidates should begin to approach campaigns like this. I will run a race that you will know from the moment you cover it is a progressive campaign. I never run from the...

Straight Talker

Last Friday, the Prospect launched its new breakfast series to bring together top journalists and political leaders. The first guest was Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The 16 journalists included six Prospect writers and editors, along with: James Fallows and Josh Green of The Atlantic ; columnists Jules Witcover and Marie Cocco; Walter Shapiro of Salon.com; Paul Glastris and Zack Roth of The Washington Monthly ; Ellen Ratner of Talk Radio News Service; Ari Berman of The Nation ; Josh Orton of Air America Radio; and Terence Samuel of AOL.com. The conversation lasted just short of one hour and was entirely on the record. The transcript follows. Next month's breakfast will probably feature Nancy Pelosi. Harry Reid: Thank you very much for being here so bright and early on a Friday. I understand this is the first of a series and I'm glad to be the first. I'm happy that we're gathered here. One of the voids I think we've had in Washington for many years is the lack of progressive...

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