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Scott Porch is an attorney and contributor to The Daily Beast and Kirkus Reviews. He is writing a book about social upheaval in the 1960s and '70s.

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Retired Justice Says Time to Hit Refresh on the Constitution

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 5:52 PM

As you may recall from your eighth-grade social studies class, the United States Constitution was written to be changed and we have changed it often. Even as the last of the 13 colonies were ratifying the Constitution in 1789 and 1790, the First Congress was already deep into debate over...

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice... Cory Booker?

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 6:57 PM

Political blogger Jonathan Chait wrote earlier this week that recent Senate filibuster brinksmanship coupled with a GOP takeover of the Senate during the 2014 midterm elections could result in a showdown over a hypothetical Obama nomination to the Supreme Court in 2015 or 2016 -- particularly if the...

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Pulitzer Prize Preview: First a Rant, Then Some Predictions

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 2:36 PM

First, a rant: Every year, the Pulitzer Prize Board announces the nominees and winners in mid-April. The nominees and winners are announced the same day. There is no Nominations Day followed a few weeks or months later by Announcement Day. There is only Announcement Day.

In each of four categories...

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George Will: Washington's Most Intellectually Dishonest "Intellectual"

(71) Comments | Posted November 30, 2013 | 2:12 PM

George Will proved once again in a recent column that he is perhaps the most intellectually dishonest "intellectual" in a city awash with intellectual dishonesty. Not content to make obvious arguments about the administration's problems implementing the Affordable Care Act -- nee Obamacare -- Will veers into...

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The Moneyball Campaign

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:49 PM

There was an interesting discussion on Saturday's Up With Steve Kornacki between Kornacki and John Sides, a political scientist who co-wrote The Gamble: Choice and Change in the 2012 Presidential Election, which takes the view that presidential elections are largely static stalemates that turn more on demographic...

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JFK Transformed: From the Senate to the White House

(5) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 7:06 PM

On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, with bookstore shelves overflowing with reexaminations and conspiracy theories, John T. Shaw takes a look at an important but under-reported period of President Kennedy's life in JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency.

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Wilson, Obama and Congress

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 4:36 PM

Here's one tried and tested way for a president to deal with a difficult Congress: Go to your private office on Capitol Hill and stay there until a deal is done.

Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, lobbied Congress from his private room in the Capitol Building...

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Obama Legacy Project Should Focus on Judicial Appointments

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 9:56 AM

Journalist Jonathan Alter said recently that the 2012 election was "the most consequential" of his lifetime.  In his new book, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, Alter describes this more in terms of the non-election of Mitt Romney than the...

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A Politico Snack Before the Main Course of 2012 Campaign Books

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 3:10 PM

In the opening anecdote of Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Martin's The End of the Line, their behind-the-scenes e-book about the last month of the 2012 presidential campaign, we join our regularly scheduled election already in progress:

It was more than an hour after the...
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Hot in Hollywood: Producer Lynda Obst on Tentpoles, Tadpoles and TV

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Film producer Lynda Obst's career has had more twists and turns than a big-budget action movie -- which is not the sort of movie she makes. (Not yet anyway, but more on that later.)

Obst started her career as associate producer on Flashdance and made a film every year or...

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Jeffrey Toobin and the Future of the Roberts Court

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 3:25 PM

Jeffrey Toobin's 2007 book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court -- the most revealing insider account of the Supreme Court since Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong's 1979 classic The Brethren -- was the story of how the court of Bush v. Gore...

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Crushing Fees: A Q&A with FutureAdvisor Co-Founder Bo Lu

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 5:37 PM

For years, the conventional goal of investing has been to beat the market. If you can get in on the ground floor of the next Google or Apple, your retirement years will be white sands and pina coladas. There are three problems with that - one obvious, one not so...

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Getting Past Google Reader: A Q&A With Feedly's Co-Founder and CEO

(8) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 3:21 PM

When Google announced in March that it was shutting down Google Reader -- a web app for aggregating and reading the news feeds that many blogs and web sites make available -- effective July, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth by users....

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Is This the Year of the Short Story?

(3) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 6:35 PM

With George Saunders’ "Tenth of December" (Random House) and Karen Russell’s "Vampires in the Lemon Grove" (Knopf) already drawing strong praise from literary critics and several other short story collections inching toward publication this summer and fall, short stories are looking to make a big comeback this...

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Who Will Win The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2013?

(14) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 11:33 AM

On Monday afternoon, the Pulitzer Prize Board will announce the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Or not. Last year, for the first time in 35 years, there was no prize awarded for fiction. Imagine Bono walking on stage to award the Grammy for Album of...

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