Guests include Madeleine Lynn, Director of Communications at Carnegie Council; Evan Osnos, staff writer at The New Yorker; Hao Wu, fellow at the New America Foundation; William Kirby, professor at Harvard University; and Edward Chin, supporter of the Occupy Central Movement with Love and Peace in Hong Kong.
The Teacher Wars
A History of America's Most Embattled Profession
No Good Men Among the Living
America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
The Bright Continent
Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa
Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
Now I Know Who My Comrades Are
Voices from the Internet Underground
The Meat Racket
The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business
The Up Side of Down
Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success
The Loudest Voice in the Room
How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country
Five Days at Memorial
Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
The Smartest Kids in the World
And How They Got That Way
The Pioneer Detectives
Did a distant spacecraft prove Einstein and Newton wrong?
The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times
On Internet Freedom
David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
Twilight of the Elites
America After Meritocracy
The Escape Artists
Why Global Development Is Succeeding — And How We Can Improve the World Even More
Fighting for Darfur
Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide
The Net Delusion
The Dark Side of Internet Freedom
How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It
The Icarus Syndrome
A History of American Hubris
The Evolution of God
The Hawk and the Dove
Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War
The House at the End of the Road
The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South
To Live or to Perish Forever
Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan
A Tolerable Anarchy
Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom
Grand New Party
How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream
The Second World
Empires and Influence in the New Global Order
The True Patriot
Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds
Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America
Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer
Best Care Anywhere
Why VA Health Care is Better Than Yours
Oil on the Brain
Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline
The article is important. Krugman rightfully directs our attention away from approval ratings and popularity -- measures that don't tell us much about the place of our leaders in American history -- insisting instead that we should be focused on things that a president actually does.
“It’s not clear he’s been a player on that much in terms of legislating, especially since Congress isn’t doing that much,” said Julian E. Zelizer, a congressional historian at Princeton University.
Some of the tech industry’s key legislative priorities, though, aren’t so widely popular, or even well-known to the general public. Those issues include raising the number of visas available for skilled foreign technology workers, said Princeton political historian Julian Zelizer.
"Other midterms have taken place in chaotic times," said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history at Princeton University. "Right now this is a pretty bad one. There are, rationally, a lot of problems that the president and the country are confronting."
Julian Zelizer, a politics professor at Princeton University and fellow at the New America Foundation, speaking via Skype, says Ebola could end up being this year’s so-called “October Surprise,” a jargon term used to describe news that is deliberately released in time to influence the outcome of November elections.
Yesterday’s meeting and public statement at its conclusion were both an indication of how seriously Obama is taking Ebola and the fact that politics are in play with midterm congressional elections set for Nov. 4, said Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University in New Jersey.
Anand Gopal moved to Afghanistan in 2008. As Kim Barker writes in The New York Times, "Gopal learned the language, grew a beard and traveled to remote corners other correspondents rarely ventured."
"Young people have a lot more at stake in any particular election than more senior Americans. They have their whole future ahead of them. So when we're talking about quality of life, environmental issues, and renewable energy, we're talking about our lifetime."
While America faces many big issues -- unrest in the Middle East, the effects of climate change, uneven economic growth, growing income inequality, a costly and less than optimal health care system and more -- the contest to control the House and Senate does not really seem to be turning into a defining struggle over the national agenda.
“Clinton was the last president we’ve had who loved politics,” Zelizer added. “Bush — and you can see this in his post-presidency — didn’t have a taste for what Washington was all about. Executive power was partly a way to avoid Congress entirely. And Obama is just like Bush that way.”
“It’s basically part of the process,” said Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University. “It’s integral to the Washington culture.”
“The easy answer is you call it anything other than a tax, toll -- whatever other word you can find,” said Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University history and public affairs professor.
The sixth year of any presidency will spur a “brain drain,” said Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian and Princeton University professor. “The feeling for many advisers is that nothing good is going to happen, and that is only amplified in this era of congressional gridlock.”