Category Archives: American Politics

Paper idea for Americanists or Comparativists

I saw this post on BigThink yesterday and, well, it got me to thinking.  It shows the “best” and “worst” of each state; some category for which each state is the best in the nation, and some category for which … Continue reading

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Edward Carmines Research Visit – April 21-22, 2011

“Beyond the Left/Right Divide: Citizen Ideologies in Modern American Politics” THURSDAY, APRIL 21 – Grad Student Meeting: 4-5pm, OldH 516  FRIDAY, APRIL 22 – Research Luncheon: 11:30am-1pm, OldH 538  At the research luncheon, Dr. Edward Carmines  will present research which … Continue reading

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The U.S. Senate’s “Blanket Hold”

News today that Richard Shelby, Republican from Alabama, has placed a “blanket hold” on all Obama Administration nominees, until a defense contract is renegotiated to favor Northrop Grumman, a company with ties to Alabama.  What this means is that the … Continue reading

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This year’s defense budget is the biggest ever

In real dollars (meaning even after accounting for inflation).  See this article from Slate.  13% higher than the previous record, which occurred during the height of the Korean War. Also interesting, the Army, Air Force and Navy each received one … Continue reading

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Quadrennial Defense Review

The new Quadrennial Defense Review came out today.  You can find it here.

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New thinking on the length of congressional bills

You probably are all aware that yesterday President Obama engaged in a lengthy televised discussion with Congressional Republicans on a whole host of issues.  It was a novel, and I’d guess positive, development in the way executive-legislative relations work in … Continue reading

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Ronald Dworkin weighs in on Citizens United v. FEC

Short version: I think he might be even less favorable toward the opinion than I am.  A taste: “The opinion announces and perpetuates a shallow, simplistic understanding of the First Amendment, one that actually undermines one of the most basic … Continue reading

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