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An independent voice for liberal thought, The American Prospect is devoted to promoting informed discussion on public policy from a progressive perspective. Bimonthly in print and online daily, the Prospect covers the pressing social and economic issues of our time, addressing the necessary politics as well as the policy alternatives. We help to dispel myths, challenge conventional wisdom, and expand the dialogue.

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