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
Chris Christie victory lap for Republican governors could be cut short by 2016 presidential politics
“I think once primary season hits the gloves are off and hardball politics begin,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of political history at Princeton University. But the kumbaya moments won’t last, said Zelizer, who said this marks a “turning point” in the presidential race calendar.“He himself saw how the last round of (presidential) primaries worked. Republicans are not all united and they are not going to be kind to each other,” he said. “They might say they are all friends, … but given how vicious things are, that’s probably not true.”
According to Lee Drutman of the New America Foundation, there’s no real evidence that shows a difference between Democratic and Republican revolving doors. “I think if you go to work on the Hill, it’s because you want to work in government in the first place,” Drutman said.
“Ricki’s Promise,” a documentary about a Seattle teen’s summer spent with her birth family in China, began showing on the U.S. film festival circuit this month. Next month, the U.S. cable network SundanceTV will premiere “One Child,” a fictional mini-series about a British-American adoptee’s involvement with her China family. “Touching Home” is an electronic book in production about two Massachusetts teenagers’ return to their rural China roots
Here’s what I would do with my wave of the magic wand. I would triple the amount the Congress spends on staff (keeping it still at just under 0.1% of the total federal budget). I’d also concentrate that spending in the policy committees. I’d give those committees the resources to be leading institutions for expertise on the issues on which they deal. I’d also give these committees the resources to hire their own experts — economists, lawyers, consultants, etc.12 But I’d also make sure that these committees were not explicitly partisan. Rather than Republicans and Democrats having separate committee staffs, have one committee staff of professionals and experts. Staff could be a mix of political leanings. But let them be one team, where they argue and hash out ideas together.
Are the recent midterm voters reflective of the American public? Today on The Gist, history and public affairs professor Julian Zelizer explains what’s a lame-duck Congress to make of the midterm results. Then Slate’s Emily Yoffe joins us for a Post-Prudence Impact Statement with past letter writer “Ethical Dilemma.” For the Spiel, we finally get around to addressing the issue of being late.
Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, said that the scandal dragging into 2015 is problematic as Mr. Christie and his advisers seek to cultivate support about a possible run. “As long as it hangs out there, people are going to be nervous about it,” Mr. Zelizer said.
“A horrible situation on Capitol Hill is going to only get worse,” said Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Princeton University. “The idea that there’s going to be room for compromise is a nice idea, but it’s not likely. Republicans are going to feel emboldened and they’re going to push the president much further than he wants to go on domestic policy.”
"I think the final two years will be a period of expanded executive power... and I think in Congress, although there will be some talk of bipartisan cooperation, Republicans will be more focused on putting forward bills that set them up for 2016," presidential historian Julian Zelizer said.
Zelizer said he believes there will be limited activity coming out of the White House in those last couple years. And with all eyes on the next election, members of his own party will push back on anything he wants to do that's controversial, he said.
“He was this vey powerful candidate for the presidency,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a presidential historian. “People are looking for measures of what kind of guy he is, and what he can deliver in terms of both money and elections. The overall count (of won or lost governor’s races) matters.”
“The health care program isn’t explicitly part of the discussion, but it’s part of the campaigns and part of the way in which people are attacking Obama,” says Julian Zelizer, fellow at the New America Foundation and professor at Princeton University.
Less than 24 hours before Election Day, Republicans have what they want: a referendum on President Obama.GOP candidates are training their closing arguments on Obama, full of confidence that voter dissatisfaction with the White House will punch their ticket to a Senate majority.
Republicans haven't picked up swords of their own, because doing so might invite criticism no matter what stance they took, Ari Ratner, a fellow at the New America Foundation, told Mashable.