I shall post videos, graphs, news stories, and other material there. We shall use some of this material in class, and you may review the rest at your convenience. You will all receive invitations to post to the blog. (Please let me know if you do not get such an invitation.) I encourage you to use the blog in these ways:
To post questions or comments about the readings before we discuss them in class;
To follow up on class discussions with additional comments or questions.
To post relevant news items or videos.

There are only two major limitations: no coarse language, and no derogatory comments about people at the Claremont Colleges.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Pres. Bush in his SOTU address to Congress asked that the number of earmarks be cut in half this year. (full story) The number of earmarks attached to a single bill are incredible. The 2007 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill contained 1,753 earmarks totalling $1/2 billion. Map of earmarks

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