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Has Obama Stepped Into the Second-Term Trap?

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Does Obama’s executive action on immigration demonstrate that he has fallen into the second-term trap that ensnared so many of his predecessors? Two years ago, looking ahead to Obama’s reelection, I posted this piece warning about the “history of past presidents who won a second term in office.” The danger, I wrote then “is that […]

Destination : Périgueux!

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Students with Middlebury College’s program in Bordeaux had the opportunity to visit Périgueux last week, the capital city of the Dordogne department, in southwestern France.  Périgueux was founded over 2,000 years ago and still offers today insight into its rich history and culture from prehistoric times to the Roman conquest and occupation and the wars of Religion in the 16th century.  Students spent the day on November 15th exploring the city which included a guided tour of the Mataguerre Tower dating back to the late 15th century.  For more information, in English, on Périgueux, please see the following website: http://tourisme-perigueux.fr/en .

We thank both Delphine Delcros and Charlotte Fairless for the photo contributions. P1010568 1496721_10152624769197885_6805763752531603421_n P1010565

Health Care and the Obama Presidency: A Giant Squander?

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There’s no doubt that, as midterms go, President Obama has not fared well. In 2010, his Democratic Party lost 63 House seats – the biggest midterm loss in that chamber since 1938 – and with it control of the House to the Republicans. Although they also lost six Senate seats, Democrats were at least able […]

The Middlebury Apple Campus Store- Your 1st stop for electronics!

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Why The Economy Didn’t Help Democrats

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I’m up today at U.S. News with a piece that examines why the improving economy did not help Democrats in the 2014 midterms even though economic growth was the primary reason Obama won reelection in 2012. Briefly, I think there are three related explanations: First, as I noted in this Bloomberg interview, voters’ negative perceptions […]

Break buses available for Faculty and Staff travel

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The SGA sponsors  buses during all academic breaks to assist students with traveling off campus at a reasonable price.  This service has now been extended to faculty and staff.

Break Bus Destinations:

Burlington International Airport/Greyhound Station ($20 one way)

Boston, South Station ($50 one way)

NYC Grand Central Station/White Plains, NY ($60 one way)

NY Penn Station/Ridgewood, NJ ($60 one way)

All buses depart with

direct routes right from Adirondack Circle (ADK)

To view schedules, make reservations or get more info:
go/boxoffice
Visit the McCullough or Mahaney Center for the Arts (MCA) box office
Call 802.443.6433 or 802.443.3168

No, That’s Not The Message Voters Sent Yesterday

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I’m working on about 3 hours sleep but wanted to give some initial thoughts regarding yesterday’s completely unexpected Senate and House results. At last check Republicans had picked up at least seven seats in the Senate, giving them a 52-43 margin (with two independents caucusing with Democrats.) However, with all the votes in, it appears […]