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Author Joshua Zeitz has taught at Cambridge University, Harvard University, and Princeton University. He is the author of several books on American political and social history and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Dissent, and American Heritage. A former congressional campaign aide and gubernatorial policy advisor and speechwriter, Zeitz lives with his wife and two daughters in Hoboken and Ocean Grove, NJ. Follow him on twitter @joshuamzeitz and his personal website.

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Presidents Day Woes: It's History, Not the Horse Race, That Matters

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 10:39 AM

Today, Barack Obama will observe his sixth Presidents Day in the White House. In some ways, it will be his most difficult. With liberal-leaning outlets running frequent diagnostics on how to "save" the Obama legacy, and right-leaning outlets salivating at the possibility of its ruin, nearly everyone seems to agree...

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Rep. Chris Smith Wants to Criminalize the Birth Control Pill (Seriously...)

(13) Comments | Posted August 21, 2008 | 3:12 PM

I'm Josh Zeitz, the Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey's Fourth District. I want to talk to you about my strong support for reproductive rights, but first I want to tell you about the person I'm running against.

My opponent, Rep. Chris Smith, is the longtime chairman of...

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The Big Lie About Plan B

(3) Comments | Posted August 29, 2005 | 12:23 PM

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA broke a formal promise to issue a decision by September 1 on over-the-counter access to emergency contraceptives.

I wrote about this question two years ago in the New York Times, when an FDA advisory panel first recommended...

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Debating Faulkner

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2005 | 3:25 PM

As an educator, I find myself in sharp (though certainly respectful) disagreement with Jesse Kornbluth, who argued in an earlier post that Oprah Winfrey erred in selecting three exceedingly difficult novels by William Faulkner – As I Lay Dying; The Sound and the Fury; and Light in August –...

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The Imperilled New Deal State

(4) Comments | Posted May 31, 2005 | 6:58 AM

Regarding the ongoing struggle over President Bush’s judicial nominees, earlier this month I suggested that Democrats would do better to concentrate on conservative challenges to the regulatory state than on divisive cultural issues like abortion and religion.

Simply put, many conservative jurists propose to wind back the clock...

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More White Supremacists in the Closet

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2005 | 2:26 PM

Yesterday, I submitted a post that ties prominent conservatives to a band of crude white supremacists.

Sadly, it gets worse.

If American Renaissance is a viciously racist publication, the Occidental Quarterly makes it look almost wishy-washy by comparison.

Within the last five years, the Occidental Quarterly has...

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White Supremacists in the Closet

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2005 | 5:55 PM

Question 1: Would you invite a neo-Nazi over for dinner?

Question 2: Would you attend a dinner party where a neo-Nazi was in attendance?

Question 3: Would you socialize with people who openly cavort with neo-Nazis?

To most decent people, this little quiz is a no-brainer. But for some...

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