Clare Malone

Clare Malone is a freelance writer and member of the editorial staff of The New Yorker. Her work has appeared in The American Prospect, The Daily Beast, Slate, Bloomberg View, and Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology. She is a former Prospect web editor.

Recent Articles

Um, What's a Brokered Convention?

There comes a point in every presidential election battle where political pundits and fanatical West Wing-watchers alike hold their breaths, click their heels, and wish upon an earmark that this will be the year of the brokered convention. As the surety of Mitt Romney’s arranged marriage to the Republican Party steadily diminishes while other suitors pull ahead, the plausibility of a tussle in Tampa come convention-time in August has grown. Herewith, a look at the peculiar institution of the nomination convention, why all the talking heads are in a tizzy about a brokered instead of a fixed one, and what the odds are of a televised royal rumble this summer. What is a brokered convention? In their current form, conventions are exercises in collective vanity, an excuse for the party’s settled nominee—who has already garnered enough delegates to make his competitors drop out—to get media exposure and some prime face-time with party big-wigs. But conventions were...

Why Is Greece on Fire?

The Prospect gives you the lowdown on the country's fiscal nightmare.

As violence surged over the weekend in Athens in reaction to a parliamentary vote on a harsh new fiscal-austerity plan, it became readily apparent that Greeks bearing gifts, however suspect, would be a welcome reprieve from the ones hurling homemade petrol bombs at banks and businesses. There have been innumerable showings of popular rage in Greece over the past couple of years, but here’s why this most recent one is important: What’s at stake? If we’re going to be dramatic about it, the future of modern Greece and the integrity of the eurozone—at least that’s how European leaders have been framing it. While hyperbole might well be the mother tongue of politicians, they have a point this time. Monday marked the deadline set by Greece’s troika of would-be saviors—the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, and the European Commission—to accept and initiate a loan process that would allow Greece to stay solvent, providing...

What's So "Super" about Super PACs?

Super PACs are the breakout stars of the 2012 election cycle. Like one of Newt Gingrich's mistresses, they're technically independent of the candidates they support but can still besmirch a reputation. In recent weeks, Gingrich has called on Mitt Romney to disown statements made by the “ millionaire friends ” who've donated to his super PAC, while Newt himself took heat for an ad produced by a pro-Gingrich PAC slamming Romney’s record at Bain Capital. Super PACs made their debut during the 2010 midterm elections, following court rulings that loosened restrictions on key areas of campaign finance. If you spent your weekend discussing farm subsidies with policy wonks, then you will probably want to turn to this helpful piece for a full-monty version of the legal evolution of the super PAC. But if you have a normal social life, here’s what you need to know to get by at the next Washington dinner party: What are they? Super PACs are described as “non-...