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Politics & Polls #26: Indivisible!

January 12th, 2017, 10:03am by Sam Wang

Since the election, Democrats have struggled with how to respond to a Donald Trump presidency. But one group is starting to get some traction – the authors of an online guide that is going viral: “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.” In episode #26 of Politics & Polls, Julian Zelizer and I [...]

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Tags: House · Politics · Senate · U.S. Institutions

Constitutional Hardball: Can Senate Democrats Confirm Merrick Garland on January 3rd?

December 25th, 2016, 11:25pm by Sam Wang

On the New York Times opinion page, the editors suggest (“The Stolen Supreme Court Seat,” December 24th) that President-elect Donald Trump could nominate President Obama’s choice, Judge Merrick Garland, as a gesture of goodwill. I myself suggested this on CNN last month (that was the point, you guys, not the bug – go watch). This [...]

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Tags: Politics · Senate

Politics & Polls #25: What does the Declaration of Independence say about limited government?

December 22nd, 2016, 9:01pm by Sam Wang

Sometimes the Declaration of Independence is hauled out as an argument for limited government. But historian Steve Pincus points out that the Declaration was actually a complaint that the government should do more to promote and protect citizens’ welfare. Blew my mind. Julian Zelizer and I interviewed him about his new book: “Heart of the [...]

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Tags: Politics

What Actions are Shared to All Fascist Movements?

December 21st, 2016, 3:17pm by Sam Wang

Today’s leisure reading is Robert Paxton’s essay The Five Stages of Fascism (downloadable PDF). It’s a followup to my previous post on Umberto Eco’s essay on fascism. According to Paxton (link to biography), even though fascist movements had varying stated goals, the shared elements lay in what they actually did.

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Tags: 2016 Election · Politics · U.S. Institutions

Between Two Quants

November 2nd, 2016, 12:00pm by Sam Wang

NYC readers, tonight I’ll be at the American Museum of Natural History, I’ll have a discussion with The Upshot’s Josh Katz. Our topic is The Science of Predicting an Election, with an added special focus on his approach to visual data representations using maps. It’s part of the SciCafe series and is free of charge. [...]

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Tags: Politics · Uncategorized

Polarized goggles

October 29th, 2016, 3:41pm by Sam Wang

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Tags: 2016 Election · House · Politics · President · Senate

Politics & Polls #18: The Religious Right

October 29th, 2016, 8:20am by Sam Wang

Since the 1970s, the religious right has been an important part of the Republican coalition. This year, this group has tied itself to Donald Trump. (Note to time travelers from the past: yes, it’s true.) Julian Zelizer and I talked about this group with our colleague Kevin Kruse, a professor of history who studies 20th-century [...]

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Tags: Politics

Politics & Polls #17: All The Way

October 26th, 2016, 8:57pm by Sam Wang

We took a break from the current political season to talk with Robert Schenkkan, who wrote the play “All The Way.” It’s the story of President Lyndon Johnson and his monumental effort in his first year in office to get the Civil Rights Act passed. This event fascinates me because of its importance for equality [...]

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Tags: 2016 Election · Politics

The Hardened Divide: Why Donald Trump Is Mitt Romney Lite

October 7th, 2016, 1:00pm by Sam Wang

Update: Thanks to today’s Washington Post story by David Farenthold about Trump’s lewd comments about what sounds like sexual assault, we may see a test of my thesis that voters are close to immovable. However, I should point out that the Meta-Margin could go to Clinton +7% and still be consistent with my argument. In The [...]

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Tags: 2004 Election · 2008 Election · 2012 Election · 2016 Election · Politics · President

Politics & Polls podcast #14: The Right To Vote

October 6th, 2016, 8:21pm by Sam Wang

The issue of voting rights in America has been long debated and has changed dramatically since the country was founded. In episode 14, Julian Zelizer and I interview Michael Waldman, author of “The Fight to Vote,” a book chronicling the long struggle to win voting rights for all citizens. Listen!

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Tags: Politics