Politics

July 25, 2008

The Reading List: 'Trading Places'
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 How Cities Work, by Alex MarshallThe Option of Urbanism, by Christopher Leinberger"The Next Slum" by Christopher Leinberger The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane JacobsThe City, by Joel Kotkin By Alan Ehrenhalt

Obama Preparing To Govern? Good!
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Barack Obama is already planning for the presidential transition. Reports the Atlantic's Marc Ambinder: "Barack is well aware of the complexity and the organizational challenge involved in the transition process and he has tasked s small group to begin thinking through the process,” a senior campaign adviser said.

July 24, 2008

The Weight of the World
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Washington, DC As Richard Simmons prances up the steps of the Cannon House Office Building, he bypasses the assembled congressmen and their aides stationed at a podium and marches straight toward the swarm of news cameras at the far end of the veranda. With a sudden, two-armed wave that could, it seems plausible, lead to a backbend, Simmons wails out “Hi everybody, how are we feeling today?” Footloose’s “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” begins to blare from an unseen loudspeaker.

In 2008, Political Analogies Are Like Toothbrushes
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There’s a challenge in writing about the overuse of analogy in contemporary political journalism: There’s no perfect analogy for the device. Are analogies the new adjectives? (It’s hard to describe anything without them.) Are they the office-seeker’s version of the Social Security number? (Without one, it’s hard to prove you exist.) Are they the narratives of our time? (Control it, and you control the campaign). Whatever you compare political analogies to, this much is clear: We sure seem to use a lot of ’em. Just like computers!

This Year, Political Analogies Are Like Toothbrushes
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There’s a challenge in writing about the overuse of analogy in contemporary political journalism: There’s no perfect analogy for the device. Are analogies the new adjectives? (It’s hard to describe anything without them.) Are they the office-seeker’s version of the Social Security number? (Without one, it’s hard to prove you exist.) Are they the narratives of our time? (Control it, and you control the campaign). Whatever you compare political analogies to, this much is clear: We sure seem to use a lot of ’em. Just like computers!

Short-Term Relationship
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This author, a so-called expert on Europe and trans-Atlantic relations, has had more hits from big-time U.S. media in the last five days than in the last five years: Newsweek, CNN, NPR, Lehrer, Reuters, even Al-Jazeera English.

The Engaged Generation
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WASHINGTON -- The conventional wisdom on certain subjects is so deeply rooted that no amount of evidence disturbs its hold. That's how it is with those dreary predictions that young Americans just won't vote. Since the late 1960s, the same chorus has been heard from election to election: The young don't care. They're disengaged. They're too wrapped up in their music, their favorite sports and their parties to care about politics.

End of the Affair
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Around midnight on July 16, New York Times chief political correspondent Adam Nagourney received a terse e-mail from Barack Obama’s press office. The campaign was irked by the Times’ latest poll and Nagourney and Megan Thee’s accompanying front-page piece titled “Poll Finds Obama Isn’t Closing Divide on Race,” which was running in the morning’s paper.

July 23, 2008

Claiming the Last Frontier
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Vic Fischer’s history as a Democrat in Alaska reaches back to before Alaskans could vote for president, when he was a delegate to the state’s Constitutional Convention in 1955 and 1956. It’s been a hard slog since then. In 1964, Alaska went for Lyndon Johnson, who won all but six states. That’s it in 49 years of statehood. But on July 8th, Fischer attended the opening of Barack Obama’s office in Anchorage, the first such Democratic presidential campaign office anyone can remember, where he found himself surrounded by some 400 people, more than could fit in the building.

July 22, 2008

TNR Looks Back
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An archival timeline of conflict in Bosnia:   *Jan Breslauer (August 12, 1996): “L.A.

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