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Politeia Posts

American politics and the big picture


Government Secrets and Lies

about 5 years ago

In 2005, The New York Times revealed that under a presidential order signed in 2002, the National Security Agency (NSA) had been monitoring the phone calls, e-mails, and internet traffic of a large number of American citizens without obtaining warrants. With the secret cooperation of AT&T, Verizon ...


The Trouble With Lieberman

about 5 years ago

In 2006 incumbent Connecticut Senator—and former Vice Presidential candidate—Joe Lieberman lost in the Democratic primaries to Ned Lamont, a relative unknown who had challenged Lieberman's support of the Patriot Act and the Iraq war. Unwilling to accept the results, Lieberman ran in the general ...


The New Realism in American Politics

about 5 years ago

“If someone tells you he is going to make ‘a realistic decision,’” Mary McCarthy wrote, “you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad.” Calling a course of action "realistic" is, of course, a rhetorical strategy. Everyone, after all, thinks they're being realistic. You make a ...


Who Will Control the Internet?

about 5 years ago

Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski called this week for the agency to formally adopt a set of rules governing access to the Internet. The proposed rules are meant to ensure "net neutrality" by preventing broadband providers from giving preferential access to certain ...


Trouble in the City on a Hill

about 5 years ago

Before arriving in New England in 1630, John Winthrop famously told his shipmates that their colony would be like “a city upon hill.” Evoking a passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Winthrop told them that they must be an example for all to see. The world would be watching to see how the American ...


Do Muslim Lobbyists Pose a Threat?

about 5 years ago

During the presidential campaign last year, a woman told Sen. John McCain at a town hall meeting that she couldn’t trust then Sen. Barack Obama because she had read that he was an Arab. McCain replied that while he had disagreements with Obama, she shouldn’t be afraid of him, because he was a ...


Will Obama's Nobel Be a Distraction?

about 5 years ago

Last week I wrote that President Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize more as a show of support for the multilateral policy he advocates than for anything he has actually done. But I also argued that the award is uncomfortably at odds with the fact that the United States is currently fighting wars ...


Obama's Symbolic Nobel

about 5 years ago

President Obama is now the just third sitting president to win the Nobel Peace Prize—the first since Woodrow Wilson won in 1919 for his role in setting up the League of Nations. The Nobel Prize Committee awarded the prize to Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy ...


Do Republicans Still Matter?

about 5 years ago

There have been recent signs that the Republicans could bounce back from their devastating defeat last fall in the upcoming midterm elections. As I wrote a month ago, the early signs are that the Democrats may lose ground in the 2010 elections. Now the Washington Post reports that the Democrats are ...