ABOUT THIS BLOG
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.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
You want polarization? Here's some polarization. Representative Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts.
Video and transcripts of the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
The congressional oath of office dates from this era.
Background on the impeachment process.
There is an entire site on the Johnson impeachment.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The Olympic torch began its first-ever run throughThe North Koreans promised there will not be ANY protests during the torch relay. Oh thank goodness. I hear North Korean pro-democracy demonstrations are usually pretty wild. Now that is an ally you can rely on. on Monday, where the flame was assured of a trip free of the anti-Chinese protests that marked other legs of the relay.
When former President Bill Clinton called a Guam radio show on Thursday morning
to talk up his wife, it was described as a historic first. The same was said of Senator Barack Obama’s decision to open a campaign office in Hagatña, the territory’s capital.
With four delegates up for grabs in caucuses on May 3, Guam is a player in the Democratic primaries for the first time. Though island residents cannot vote in the general election, they can help choose a presidential nominee. In fact, Guamanians need not be registered voters to participate. While the caucuses are open only to registered Democrats, people can sign up on site...
See: Guam for Obama
See: Senator Clinton's Guam interview.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Finally, some good news for us Romney supporters.
So according to Sports Books, the Green Bay Packers have a better shot at winning the Super Bowl than Fred Thompson does of being veep. And this is the post-Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers era. Poor Freddy.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Congresswoman Sue Myrick knows what her constituents care about. In the midst of terrorism, a looming recession, and the Iraq War, Myrick speaks to the floor about the greatest injustice of all: at Wrestlemania, Shawn Michaels defeated Ric Flair and ended his career. After 36 years of being the limousine riding, jet flying, kissing stealing, wheeling dealing son of a gun, Mr. Flair retired. I can think of no one in the entire country more deserving of commendation than the Nature Boy.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Amid all of this BS, I enjoyed this little bit of irony: before launching into another segment on Obama's "elitist" attitudes, MSNBC News anchor Tamryn Hall announced a "Key Endorsement" for Obama from.... Dan Rooney. (for non sports fans, Dan Rooney is the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. If you knew that already, I apologize for my blatant elitism)
I enjoy a world where cable news feels that Pennsylvania voters are too sophisticated for Obama's remarks on economic frustrations, but they are simple enough that DAN ROONEY is a "Key Endorsement".
Maybe Obama should amend his remarks to say that when there is economic hardship, rural voters cling to things like religion, guns, and NFL team owners.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Some great moments may be missing (Bush's pretzel choke under the "Famous Gaffes" category), but entertaining to peruse nonetheless...
Monday, April 7, 2008
No one was injured in the incident, but the car - in which Vitter was a passenger - sped away from the scene with visible, but light damage following the wreck."
Congress had passed other bills for the relief of individuals. (Note, however, that P.L. 109-3 was technically a public law.)
Judicial nomination hearings can take dramatic turns:
And hearings can also involve discussion of legal principles:
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Video (2007 and 2008):
First three nights:
State of the Union
Many bills pass on the floor:
Many testify before Environmental and Public Works Committee
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- For some international flavor...
- The 19th Century ... and the 20th
- Real Foreign Policy
- Guam Update!
- Congress and Foreign Policy
- Hill-Rod, The Barack, and "Hollywood" John McCain
- Congress and War
- Place your bets
- Depressed yet?
- Congress and Domestic Policy
- The Political Figure Four Leg Lock
- Approval ratings
- Pelosi fights for the farm bill
- Congress, Carter, and Hamas
- Congress and Economic Policy
- A "Key Endorsement"
- My favorite lobbyist
- Congress and Interest Groups
- Political Highlights
- My Hero... heh heh
- Congress and the Courts
- Misty Watercolor Memories...
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