Posts by Matthew Dickinson

 
 
 

Repeat After Me: Zakaria, Plagiarism and Magnanimity

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Fareed Zakaria, the host of the CNN news show GPS and a Washington Post columnist, is on the hot seat for the second time in two years for allegations that he plagiarized material for use in his written work. Some of you will recall that in August 2010 Zakaria was briefly suspended for posting a […]

Obama’s Michael Brown Address: I Won’t Do Stupid Things

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The sense of disappointment among many progressive pundits yesterday, particularly denizens of the twitterverse, to what they viewed as President Obama’s tepid remarks  on the Michael Brown killing was palpable. Rather than attempting to condemn the actions of the white … Continue reading

The Arrogance of Power and the Case For Presidential Term Limits

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A week ago Larry Summers, the former Clinton Treasury secretary and Obama economic adviser, came out with this op ed piece that proposed a way of “ending presidents’ second term curse.” By curse, Summers’ refers to a recurring pattern of … Continue reading

Give ‘Em Hell! Bears, Bubbles, Teleprompters and A Republic

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This Sunday’s Shorts: The Bear Is On The Loose At some point in their presidency, all presidents chafe at the isolation imposed by living in the White House “bubble” and seek ways to partake in some “normal” activities, even something … Continue reading

Is The Loneliest Job In the World Getting Lonelier?

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This week we take the WayBack machine to revisit an exchange in the White House Oval Office between President Harry Truman and some public administration scholars that provides a fascinating window into Truman’s perspective on being president – and what … Continue reading

Fenno’s Paradox, or Why You Should Ignore That Poll That Says We Hate Our Member of Congress

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This WashingtonPost/ABC poll finds that, “for the first time ever”, a majority of those surveyed disapprove not just of Congress, but of their own member of Congress.  What does this portend for the fall midterm election?  As I write in … Continue reading

Why Obama’s Approval Ratings Languish

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I don’t normally focus too much attention on one survey, but when it helps illuminate a broader (and not uncontroversial) argument I’ve made it becomes too good to pass up. Readers will recall that in yesterday’s post I noted that … Continue reading