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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Sunday, February 17, 2013

 CNN: Republicans Stall Hagel Nomination

The past week we have been discussing the various responsibilities of the House and Senate. This article focuses on the Senate's ability to check Presidential power by approving government officials he appoints, this case being the Defense Secretary. Senate Republicans filibustered approving Chuck Hagel's nomination because of persisting tension over the Benghazi attack among Republican Senators, as well as questions over Hagel's finances. Below are two quotes from the article that I thought was particularly relevant to our class discussion:

"Filibusters of cabinet officials are extremely rare, largely because senators typically believe a president has a right to pick the leaders of his government."

Senate majority Leader Harry Reid  stated, "Republicans have made an unfortunate choice to ratchet up the level of destruction here in Washington. Just when you thought things couldn't get worse, it gets worse."

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