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Is Obama’s Leadership Style To Blame For His Foreign Policy Problems?

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It has not been a very good month for President Obama when it comes to foreign policy. Despite his personal entreaties to Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay out of the Ukrainian civil conflict, photos released today by American intelligence … Continue reading

Sunday Shorts: Hillary’s Money, Midterm Turnout and Illegal Immigration

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It’s Sunday, and that means time for some short takes on trending stories: In this earlier post I argued, tongue only partly in cheek, that Hillary Clinton may not be rich enough to be a great president. As I pointed … Continue reading

Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Real West Wing

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Regular readers know that every Saturday we look back, via archives I’ve collected through the years, at a key (or at least interesting!) event in presidential history. Today’s original documents come from the Ford Administration, and remind us that Don … Continue reading

No, the Presidency Has NOT Become More Difficult

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The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza wrote an interesting column two days ago under the headline “It’s Virtually Impossible to be a Successful Modern President.” Cillizza begins his piece like this: “Being president is the most powerful job in the world. … Continue reading

Will Open Primaries Reduce Polarization?

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The New York Times printed this op ed by New York Senator Chuck Schumer yesterday, in which Schumer made the familiar claim that to reduce partisan polarization, we should open up party primaries to all voters, regardless of partisan affiliation. … Continue reading

The Malaysian Shootdown: What Would Reagan Have Done?

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Last Thursday’s apparently deliberate shoot down of a Malaysian civilian airliner by Ukrainian separatists using Russian weaponry inevitably brought back memories of the Soviet’s shooting down of Korean Airlines 007 in August, 1983. And, not surprisingly, conservative and liberal pundits … Continue reading

Sunday Shorts: Burns and Garner, Orszag and Fiorina

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A mixed bag in today’s Sunday Shorts – we mourn the passing of two public figures, and note their presidential ties. And we (gently) take issue with a recent column by Peter Orszag who waded publicly into the political polarization … Continue reading