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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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Monday, May 12, 2008

Iran Contra Study Aide

In case you were unsure how the Iran-Contra affair went about, here's a helpful summary.

Lincoln Douglas-esque debates anyone?

"In a sign of what could be an extremely unusual fall campaign, the two sides said Saturday that they would be open to holding joint forums or unmoderated debates across the country in front of voters through the summer. Mr. Obama, campaigning in Oregon, said that the proposal, floated by Mr. McCain’s advisers, was 'a great idea.'"

Here's the full article...

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/us/politics/11strategy.html?th&emc=th

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Tony Hvfvgpd Zirkle for Congress

Why didn't I know about this earlier? Tony Hvfvgpd Zirkle lost his bid for the Republican nomination for a congressional seat. I can't imagine why... It's either because he is batsh*t crazy and tried to change his middle name to Hvfvgpd, or because he "unwittingly" spoke at an American Nazi Party celebration of Hitler's birthday (flanked by swastikas, of course). He said he didn't know enough about the group to know if he supported them, but noted that he will speak wherever he is invited. Charming.

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/04/24/indiana-gop-nazi/

Monday, May 5, 2008

Congressional History

Some artifacts of congressional history, courtesy of the Library of Congress.


A glimpse at Robert A. Taft:



A timeline of campaign finance reform.
A timeline of congressional reforms.

The Blame Game


so whose fault is it?

(http://thehill.com/images/stories/weyants/2008/May/cartoonsmall050208.jpg)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

More Guam!!!

The Colbert Report saw it fit to give us its own take on the Guam situation. Not terribly relevant, but good stuff.