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Role of president has changed over the years

Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying.

July 24, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

They’re off and running

The presidential election is 16 months away, but already we’re smack in the middle of the usual media scrum of campaign coverage, prognostication, and strategizing by many of us who have nothing much to do with the real campaigns. I’ve been following the rhetoric of both parties, and there are a few points that stand out enough to tell us something about what we have to look forward to.

July 10, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

Governing by crisis

After Congress came within a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people.

March 20, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

Learning to be a citizen

The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?”

March 11, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

What lies ahead?

Given all the words and images devoted to the recent midterm elections, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country.

December 3, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Fixing a failing government

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails - and that we need to address this.

August 8, 2014 3 p.m. read more..


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