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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, March 26, 2008

Congressional Oversight and Delegation

Valerie Plame hearing:




Walter Reed hearing:



Federal Register

Executive orders

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Its getting interesting! (first few minutes good stuff, last 2/3, comments by James Carville)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZeGbbOxiaM&eurl=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video_log/

Monday, March 24, 2008

Hannity, Obama, Wright, and the Black Value System

Wanna know about the Black Work Ethic? Black Theology? the Black Liberation Movement?

Classy.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=aNTGRL0OJWQ

HRC is not quite the straight talk express...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

A Mailing to Constituents


The GOP: In Trouble?

An article about Reynold's decision not to run again, and what that suggests about the state of the Republican party more generally (retirements, ethics, finances, etc):
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9144.html

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Congress and the Bureaucracy: Organization, Appointment, and Removal

Congress "organizes" the executive:

Confirmation hearings:
  • John Kerry has some questions for Sam Fox, nominee for Ambassador to Belgium, and donor to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Why do you think Bush pulled the nomination?
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse uses Mukasey's confirmation hearing to make a point about waterboarding:


The removal power came dramatically into view when a controversy arose over the firing of US Attorneys:


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Congress and the President

Presidential Support over Time

Presidential Popularity

Statements of Administration Policy

Note how both President Clinton and President Bartlet used the Antiquities Act. In this case, as in others, have presidents overstepped their authority?As for the latter, shall see a classic video presentation of LBJ working his will on Congress. Here is an audio on the same topic. (And another.) Could you picture similar conversations with President Bush?

Republicans Lose Hastert's Seat

Ooo...burn!

Democrat Bill Foster pulled off an upset against Republican Jim Oberweis in a special election for former Speaker Dennis Hastert's seat in the Illinois 14th district. Apparently nobody really saw this one coming: It's a historically safe Republican district and this is Foster's first elected office. (Previously, a physist.)

Here's an unfortunate money quote from one unnamed GOP aide:

“By itself, this would not be that big of a deal, but coupled with everything else it will just deflate the [House Republican] Conference...And symbolically, losing Hastert’s seat is like the toppling of the Saddam statue in Baghdad for Republicans.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/8920.html

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Senate Power Rankings

Knowledgis calculated a ranking of members based upon their "power and ability to be effective." The criteria they used were position, indirect influence, legislative activity, and earmarks. I'm not sure what exact methodology they used to calculate and weight those factors. It appears that they amassed a lot of data to produce this but I couldn't find where they go into how they actually calculate their numbers. Anyway here's a cool looking graph compiled from this data.

Not surprisingly, the Democrats in general have more power. They are the majority right now after all. Interestingly there are a few Republicans high up on the power rankings. Mitch McConnell and John McCain are fairly powerful by this measure. Interestingly Clinton is slightly more powerful than John McCain who is slightly more powerful than Obama (again by this measure). Of course, all of them are less powerful than Diane Feinstein so California reigns supreme.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Floor

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

A real filibuster:

Jack and Hill what a great team

Jack Nicholson endorsed Hilary Clinton, finally she has some star power,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JtVCWOGDy8

better yet here's a parody,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBXL3LGgPmE&NR=1

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