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Entries from April 28th, 2017

Politics & Polls: The First 100 Days

April 28th, 2017, 4:08pm by Sam Wang

Historian Meg Jacobs, Julian, and I chew over how Trump’s first 100 days. Listen to my reaction to Jacobs’s assertion that Trump is off to a strong start. If spit-up coffee could get through speakers, you would be well coated. In seriousness, my own view is that Trump has weakened the presidency through ineffectiveness at [...]

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Tags: 2014 Election

Politics & Polls w/Congressman Leonard Lance

April 24th, 2017, 5:54am by Sam Wang

Representative Leonard Lance has been in the crosshairs of activists. His Congressional district went narrowly for Clinton over Trump, and before going to Washington he had a reputation as a moderate. I interviewed Congressman Lance solo (Julian’s overseas). In our far-ranging conversation, we talked about many topics: the Affordable Care Act (he’s in favor of [...]

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Tags: House · Princeton

General Petraeus: “This is fine”?

April 13th, 2017, 4:15pm by Sam Wang

For Politics & Polls #39, we were joined by Woodrow Wilson alumnus General David Petraeus. Is the “deep state” a sinister conspiracy, or an institution that prevents insane policies? As Trump brings Syria, North Korea, and Afghanistan to a boil, is it good or bad to have ex-military serve at the highest levels of government? [...]

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Tags: President · U.S. Institutions

Politics & Polls #38: Sarah Kendzior on Trump/Russia

April 9th, 2017, 1:52pm by Sam Wang

Sarah Kendzior was among the first writers to point out Trump’s likely rise, and to trace it to white anger in “flyover country,” a term she gets to use because she lives in Missouri. She writes for the Toronto Globe & Mail, and has a lot to say about the Trump/Russia connection. It was a [...]

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Tags: President

Post-November Optimism Crashes After Failure of ACA Repeal

April 4th, 2017, 5:03pm by Sam Wang

Light posting these last few months. Spring term is busy. But hey, there’s always the podcast, which is not bad. Today I post this somewhat underappreciated survey quantity, the right-track/wrong-track question. It asks whether respondents think the United States is on the right track or wrong track. This survey has been in consistently negative territory for [...]

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Tags: President · U.S. Institutions