Politics (page 1023)

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    Ferguson warns against getting too excited about the power of online networking

    Historian Niall Ferguson‘s latest Newsweek column offers some sobering thoughts about the capability of information technology to change “the global balance of power.” It is not only proponents of democracy who know how to exploit the power of online networking. It is also the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 14, 2011
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    The good, the bad, and the … meh

    In its latest issue, Newsweek asked 20 “leaders and experts” for ideas about policy fixes federal officials should pursue right away. Some are good, while others smack of nanny-state paternalism. Among the more interesting suggestions is that of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: merit-based civil service.
    Mitch Kokai, April 14, 2011
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    Goldberg explains how themes from his Liberal Fascism book apply to current-day politics

    Three years have passed since Jonah Goldberg wrote Liberal Fascism, but he explained Wednesday night to a Chapel Hill audience why the book is still relevant to current American political debates. Click play below to watch Goldberg’s 1:03:15 presentation on the University of North Carolina campus.
    Mitch Kokai, April 14, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Anthony Greco’s latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a Republican legislative plan to tie unemployment benefit extensions to a budget resolution. John Hood’s Daily Journal rebuts exaggerated arguments against N.C. House Republicans’ budget proposals.
    Mitch Kokai, April 14, 2011
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    House budget, first look

    Live Blog House Appropriations subcommittees started debate yesterday on the specifics what it means to balance the budget in a pro-family, pro-growth way. Proposed savings in primary and secondary education of $694 million are midway between Gov. Perdue's $351 million and the John Locke Foundation's $1 billion. Community College…
    Joseph Coletti, April 13, 2011
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    Barone wants to stop the bickering and squabbling

    Michael Barone has a bone to pick with fellow political pundits. He explains in his latest Washington Examiner column: Let’s ban the verbs “bicker” and “squabble,” not for a month but forever. You’ve seen those verbs often if you’ve been reading about…
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a bill that would remove redistricting power from state lawmakers and create an independent commission for that process. John Hood’s Daily Journal makes a case for redistricting reform.
    Mitch Kokai, April 13, 2011
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    Freedom, truth and society suffer when everything is politicized

    Robert J. Samuelson’s column that Joe Coletti posted contains the following: “Once politics was about only a few things; today, it is about nearly everything,” writes the eminent political scientist James Q. Wilson in a recent collection of essays (“American Politics, Then and Now”). The concept of “vital national…
    Jon Sanders, April 12, 2011