Gabrielle Gurley

Gabrielle Gurley is The American Prospect’s deputy editor. Her email is

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Northeast’s Gateway Tunnel Sideswiped by Republicans’ Omnibus Package

The Hudson Tunnel project is still shortchanged while rural areas manage to preserve services.

Presidents like big infrastructure projects. George Washington had a keen interest in improving travel on the Potomac River. Dwight Eisenhower believed that a modern interstate highway system was a national security priority. As secretary of commerce, Herbert Hoover spearheaded the construction of the Colorado River dam that bears his name. Donald Trump perhaps could have shed a smidgen of his pariah status in his native New York (a long-shot to be sure) had he moved forward with the construction of what promises to be an impressive engineering feat, a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River—something even his arch-nemesis Barack Obama couldn’t pull off. But Trump doesn’t do presidential legacy well. He repeatedly threatened to veto the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill Congress passed this week, since it did not include his pet legacy project: a multi-billion dollar Mexican border wall. In the end, he signed it. So the president’s Gateway grudge match against...

Congress Says WOOFF on Guns

Republicans prioritize dealing with airline employees’ poor judgment with pets over young people dying from gun violence.

On a day when American students and their supporters marched to demand stricter gun laws and to memorialize 17 people brutally killed at a Florida high school, the news broke that Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana intended to file an animal protection bill. The move came about 48 hours after the death of 10-month old puppy on a Houston to New York flight after United Airlines employees forced the owners to put the animal in overhead bin. I will be filing a bill tomorrow that will prohibit airlines from putting animals in overhead bins. Violators will face significant fines. Pets are family. — John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) March 14, 2018 His compassion for puppies is commendable. But Kennedy proposes to take zero action on the gun violence that kills schoolchildren. OK, people love puppies, and animal welfare is an important issue. Few owners want to consign an animal to an airplane cargo hold if they can avoid it: Passengers take small pets on planes so they can be...

Parkland Copycats Bide Their Time

Law enforcement officers thwarting school plots seize caches of weapons as the gun debate continues.

(Sarah Reingewirtz/The Orange County Register via AP)
In the wake of the Parkland massacre, amid the din of CNN town halls and CPAC chest-thumping, the copycats slink out. Every school shooting leads to an uptick in threats to schools. Police must investigate people who post photos of AR-15s with callous captions on social media, along with students who think threatening a massacre is funny. But there’s been little attention paid to the sum total of post-Parkdale disasters-in-the-making that have been prevented. Law enforcement officials responding to tips in multiple states have discovered caches of weapons in the homes of young men who have made threats against schools, some of them featuring the same AR-15 semi-automatics used in Parkland. Some of the incidents since the February 14 shootings: A Whittier, California, school resource deputy heard a 17-year-old student say that “the school will be shot up in three weeks.” When sheriffs raided the teen’s home , they found 90 high-capacity magazines, two handguns,...

Q&A: What Cities Can Do About the Gun Epidemic

A conversation with former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

AP Photo/Cliff Owen
I n 2008, National Rifle Association sued Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a Democrat, after he signed five new gun measures into law. A state court later upheld three provisions, but struck down the two strongest ones that limited gun purchases and banned the purchase and ownership of certain assault weapons. Although Nutter continued to take on state lawmakers over gun issues throughout his two terms, heavily Democratic Philadelphia must contend with Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled General Assembly on a hot-button issue like gun safety. Pre-emption was one of the thorny issues that Nutter tackled during his two terms in office. Nutter now teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia. He stopped by The American Prospect ’s offices in downtown Washington to discuss his new book Mayor: The Best Job in Politics with Prospect Deputy Editor Gabrielle Gurley. This conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity. The American Prospect: You write that,...

Parading into a Cataclysm

President Trump loves the idea of a grand military parade—all the better to get Americans prepared for a major conflict that he seems eager to unleash.

(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
The 45th president of the United States craves a military parade in the nation’s capital. Most presidential inaugural parades feature hundreds of members of the armed forces along with school bands and civic groups. But the 2017 fete clearly was not enough of an ego-booster for the new president. Unique among recent commanders-in-chief, Donald Trump has an unhealthy fixation on soldiering and levying deadly threats. Should a military parade ever come to fruition, it would be intended to be a psy-ops spectacle—one designed to rouse Americans to rally against a one-of-a-kind foreign threat: North Korea. Trump desperately wants a face-off between his armed forces (and he clearly believes they are his to use as he sees fit) and those belonging to his designated adversary of the moment, Kim Jong-Un. The former reality television star understands which buttons to push and which symbols to deploy—and a parade’s the thing. Trump’s reckless bellicosity comes at a...