Monthly Archives: May 2005

Senator Frist, the Constitution, and filibusters

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This morning, on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Bill Frist said: Mr. President, I rise today as the leader of the majority party of the Senate. But I do not rise for party. I rise for principle. … Continue reading

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young African Americans and Latinos turned out in force

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0According to CIRCLE’s latest fact sheet (pdf), voter turnout among young African Americans rose by 15 percentage points between 2000 and 2004, from 38 percent to 53 percent. For Latinos, voter turnout rose by 21 percentage points … Continue reading

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inequality & social class

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spend time inside three schools–a Washington prep school that our older daughter attends, our younger daughter’s D.C. public school (which draws from families of very diverse race and income), and a Hyattsville high school where I … Continue reading

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why the Democrats must tackle entitlements

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I understand the tactical argument for allowing Republicans to impale themselves on the President’s Social Security proposal. Republicans have put themselves in a position where they must either claim that they can create private accounts at no … Continue reading

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high school reform meeting

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0CIRCLE is planning a public event on high school reform for July 6 in Washington. A formal invitation will be circulated shortly, but anyone could contact me to express an interest in attending. The National Governors Association … Continue reading

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against “spoonfeeding” the public

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Because both of Maine’s Senators are swing votes on the question of filibustering judicial appointments, that state is now the focus of intense lobbying and advertising. However, the Times‘ David Kirkpatrick finds that “most citizens have only … Continue reading

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using blog software to strengthen a geographical community

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The Prince George’s Information Commons is our local attempt to use the new electronic media to support community and civil society. (It’s my own small effort at the kind of civic development that I called for in … Continue reading

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Gorgeous George, Jim Traficant, and some thoughts on populism

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0On Crooked Timber, Daniel Davies explains why “Gorgeous” George Galloway was able to knock off a Labour incumbent and win a Parliamentary seat last week. For a long time, “Gorgeous” was an outrageous leftist Labour MP from … Continue reading

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realism in civic education

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0As the Stanford psychologist William Damon observes, if you ask students to define “democracy,” they tend to say that it means equal power for all plus the freedom to do what you want. But freedom and equality … Continue reading

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Social Security reform: statecraft as soulcraft

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0According to an article by Jonathan Rauch: Earlier this month, a White House aide named Peter Wehner (director of strategic initiatives) sent selected conservatives a memo making the case for Social Security reform. … The memo had … Continue reading

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