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Author Archives: Ruth O'Brien

Stories We Tell, Part 2

Being told by your mom that you’re a child of violence is unsettling. Then, learning that it happened when you were still a baby on a blanket, which is to say having just learned to sit, though not walk, talk, … Continue reading

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Todd the Train Wreck – Why Meet the Press Is So Feeble

Train wreck? It’s CHUCK TODD* again — and I’d like to put a red circle with a slash on top of him. He says his friends, etc. . . . as both guests (who cares who they are, almost since … Continue reading

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Post Process

I alter between 4 platforms rather than scheduling things since I like spontaneity – real time commentary. Here  are all my platforms and for the authors too that publish in my two book series in addition to all my static … Continue reading

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Mananlyzing in Stereo: Land, Localization of National Politics, or Should I Call the Feds for an Eviction?

American Political Development is history at its worst.  At least, that’s what some historians who reside in the United States and teach in American history might say about our field — it’s “presentist.” We throw in any American teleology, or … Continue reading

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Caught— Maddow Features David Cay Johnston’s Trump Taxes Find

David Cay Johnston does it again. That is, he investigates hard facts that someone will have to “alter” (make fake again). It must be exhausting for Kellyanne Conway, the most powerful woman in the United States. Trump’s income taxes came … Continue reading

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He Who Recuses Himself Accuses Himself

My family and I don’t communicate with our realtor. Does this mean the realtor won’t get us a marketable — what the market won’t bear — price? Neither, he tells us, does Jared Kushner talk with anyone at his family … Continue reading

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Seminar Descriptions for Spring 2017 @ GC

 4 SEMINARS for Spring 2017, Political Science Program, Mondays (with exception of Short Course on Wednesdays) 1. American Political Development – 35248 – P SC 82210 – 0 35248 CRN Graduate Center Campus   SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: American Political Development, more properly … Continue reading

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Let’s Look at It as Presidents in Mirror-Opposite Conversation

Putting aside the Democrats’ reassessment — or the irony that it’s not the GOP that has to open its tent — and putting aside that we’re no longer a polarized nation . . . and that a realignment of sorts … Continue reading

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MEDIA, MATTERS: WHY NOT TAKE CONTEXT (ATTENDANCE), PLEASE

Politics is all theater. Aristotle could have told me that had I not been ignorant about his writings in high school, when I had the good fortune (I thought back then) of interviewing Ronald Reagan, who was running for president. … Continue reading

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TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMPs Obamacare?

Donald J. Trump is redefining things — and not just the race for the Republican nomination.  As a celebrity centrist, Trump told one of the Sunday shows that he plans on changing the lines.  “The lines,” he repeated.  Instead of repealing Obamacare, … Continue reading

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