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CNN’s John King Shouldn’t Run Away From Suggesting The American Public Is Poorly Informed

Yesterday, Politico’s Dylan Byers flagged a statement by CNN’s John King at Wednesday night’s debate, in which King asserted, “The American people don’t often pay attention to what’s going on in the world until they have to.” Byers, who noted … Continue reading

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Jack Shafer Demonstrates The Helpful Curation Needed For Digital Excavation

Last October, I wrote that rather than focusing on the various stories of the day (sorry, I have nothing to say about Jeremy Lin), I was interested in finding “great things that are old but could be new to me on … Continue reading

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A Variation On A Feeling I Often Have In Class

Julian Barnes, speaking to the Paris Review in 2000, on why he was not destined for a career as a philosopher: INTERVIEWER Do you think that one year in PPP has marked your mode of thinking, and therefore your work, … Continue reading

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A Pundit Who Social Scientists Aren’t Ashamed To Include In Their Literature Reviews

For my Public Opinion and Political Socialization class this week, I was assigned the first chapter in Walter Lippman’s classic Public Opinion. This isn’t the first time I’ve come across Lippmann in my time studying political science. Public Opinion is … Continue reading

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Interview Mix: Adam Wilson, A Ribald Replacement For The Last Generation’s Pen Envied Men

Adam Wilson, whose debut novel Flatscreen hits the streets and screens on February 21, is not afraid to admit to the world at large that Marc Bolan’s voice turns him on, sexually. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be too … Continue reading

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A Reminder To Dana Perino That The Bush White House Website Is Archived And Searchable

In the Wall Street Journal this morning, former Solicitor General and current Koch Industries lawyer Ted Olson accused President Obama of holding an “enemies list” because of the criticism his administration has aimed at David and Charles Koch, who contributed … Continue reading

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Christina Jeffrey’s Son Writes Letter To The Editor Criticizing Newt

Last week, I discussed what I consider to be both a revealing and embarrassing episode from Newt Gingrich’s tenure as Speaker in the House, which resulted in the House going without an official historian for a decade. In short, Gingrich … Continue reading

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Promises Kept Part One: Dylan The Cat

I recently promised that I would include more Robyn Hitchcock on this blog. Here he is comparing Bob Dylan to a cat: How many times have you seen him play live? What were those shows like? Five or six. Invariably … Continue reading

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Historian Newt Gingrich Responsible For Decade Long Lack Of Official House Historian

As pretty much everyone knows, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich likes to cast himself as an expert on just about everything thanks to his long ago PhD in history. He’s even claimed that he was hired by Freddie Mac to … Continue reading

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What Mary Karr Says I Should Bring To The Party

In an interview published today on The Days of Yore, Mary Karr has what seems to me to be good advice on making your way in the world. Naturally, her advice is laced with the advice of other writers: Do … Continue reading

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