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Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World
The Great Race
The Global Quest for the Car of the Future
The Fierce Urgency of Now
Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society
Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing–But You Don’t Have to Be
The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex
The Teacher Wars
A History of America's Most Embattled Profession
No Good Men Among the Living
America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
The Bright Continent
Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa
Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
Now I Know Who My Comrades Are
Voices from the Internet Underground
The Meat Racket
The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business
The Up Side of Down
Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success
The Loudest Voice in the Room
How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country
Five Days at Memorial
Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
The Smartest Kids in the World
And How They Got That Way
The Pioneer Detectives
Did a distant spacecraft prove Einstein and Newton wrong?
To Save Everything, Click Here
The Folly of Technological Solutionism
The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times
On Internet Freedom
David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
Twilight of the Elites
America After Meritocracy
The Escape Artists
Why Global Development Is Succeeding — And How We Can Improve the World Even More
Fighting for Darfur
Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide
The Net Delusion
The Dark Side of Internet Freedom
How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It
The Icarus Syndrome
A History of American Hubris
The Evolution of God
The Hawk and the Dove
Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War
The House at the End of the Road
The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South
To Live or to Perish Forever
Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan
A Tolerable Anarchy
Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom
Grand New Party
How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream
The Second World
Empires and Influence in the New Global Order
The True Patriot
Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds
Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America
Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer
Best Care Anywhere
Why VA Health Care is Better Than Yours
Oil on the Brain
Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline
"There was a lot of shock, there was anger," recalled Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University. "Reagan himself talked about how the law was too easy on criminals and this played right into that. There were many people who were skeptical that insanity was a legitimate defense after an assassination attempt on the American president...I think the popular assumption is if you try to assassinate the president - and actually shoot the president - you're gonna be in jail for life."
Although the campaign has barely begun, most of the candidates -- and some probable candidates -- are already starting to make mistakes. Most of the mistakes will simply be blips along the way, but some of them might end up being more damaging if they feed into negative perceptions that voters have about the candidates.
Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University professor of history and political science who tracks Christie, said the call for ending Social Security payments to those making $200,000 or more in additional income was certain to hurt his standing with older voters."He's just trying to get back in the game and get some attention—in that respect he got what he wanted," Zelizer said. "But it may not be enough and in the long-run he said some things that could hurt him."
"Congress is often willing to give away power on these issues, but there are moments when they push back, and, when they do, it's often a bipartisan push because both parties realize that they have a stake in maintaining their congressional power," said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University.
Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (Penguin Press, 2015), discusses the many forces that came together fifty years ago to shape Medicare and Medicaid, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, the War on Poverty and more -- the legislation that President Johnson labeled the "Great Society."
Even as his name is scrubbed from the law firm he co-founded, David Samson’s association with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie can’t be so easily erased. They forged their relationship more than a decade ago as prosecutors targeted by a street gang. When Christie was elected governor in 2009, Samson was transition leader before the Republican appointed him chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the agency that controls the region’s major airports, bridges and tunnels.
“Some of it is just the changes in the media and the visibility of the presidency that greatly expanded in the 20th century,” said Princeton historian Julian Zelizer. Television and other sources greatly amplified the presence of the president in Americans’ lives, he said, which in turn gave them more material to feel negatively about after eight years. Zelizer also said that in the last two or three decades the partisans for one party or another have become “very rigidified”, meaning every candidate and president faces “huge pockets of opposition even when they’re elected”. Those pockets could hold sway over the next election, he suggested.
“For Rubio, there are many contrasts you could draw,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. “There is the generational argument: He can make the case that he is the candidate for the 21st century, and that he came of age in the 1980s and 90s, whereas she is from the 1960s. And obviously, there is his immigrant background.”
The White House insists it doesn't need congressional approval for the Iran nuclear deal announced this month. But while historical precedent suggests the President might indeed have the authority to move forward without Congress, the Obama administration should probably learn another lesson from history: Getting Congress' signature might be worth the effort.
Democrats want to win, and that is really what she brings to the table: she is a very tough partisan fighter,” says Julian Zelizer of Princeton. “After years where many Democrats feel that Obama has been pushed around, they are very determined to keep control of the White House.”
For Democrats, there is ample reason to be excited about Clinton's run for the presidency. She is certainly one of the strongest candidates in many decades. She brings to the table extensive political and policy experience, a combination of skills that is often lacking. She has been through some of the roughest partisan wars and emerged stronger than ever before. She has a keen sense about the nature of the modern news media, how to use it to her advantage and how to survive scandal frenzies. She is a hardened, tough partisan who will not shy away from Republican attack. Americans have many positive memories of Clinton name, given the booming economy of the late 1990s during Bill Clinton's presidency.
“She faces the danger that she seems to be politics as usual, which a lot of millennials don’t like – both being part of Washington and a Washington that doesn’t work well,” Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, told the Guardian. “She’s not somebody new; she’s familiar. It’s kind of static: people have heard of her. They think what they think of her.”One significant way for Clinton to overcome such preconceived notions, Zelizer said, would be to sell voters on what her presidency would represent: a historic breakthrough as the first woman to become president of the US.
Dr. Paulette Walker, national president of Delta Sigma Theta, joins Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about why the sorority is getting involved in pushing for a confirmation vote on President Obama’s attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch.
The longer the presidency, "the more there is for opponents to criticize," said Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Princeton University. "The more there is for voters to be unhappy about." Voters seemed more willing to stick with incumbent parties back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The correlation between today’s shortcomings in federal education policy and efforts to reduce funding for people in poverty reveals that the country has moved too far away from Johnson’s original vision. Johnson framed the ESEA as a policy designed to divvy up financial resources so that local schools had the money they needed to educate students. The administration, along with the liberals in Congress, also spoke of the education policy as part of a broader package of reforms. All these pieces ideally comprised what Johnson dubbed a "Great Society," where the government would offer a holistic agenda of programs that could reinvigorate entire communities. As they saw it, education was connected to civil rights, urban development, anti-poverty initiatives, and more. Without providing government support for programs that reduced social inequality, they figured, true education reform would never work.
Democrats running for President including front runner Hillary Clinton could have a tougher time than ever beating Republicans. That’s because big banks are threatening to stop making much needed campaign contributions to Democrats if they don’t stop attacking Wall Street.Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University Julian Zelizer discusses.
Zelizer noted that while the American public has feelings of “good will” toward H.W. Bush today, his record isn’t all roses. Many conservatives still haven’t forgiven Bush Classic for breaking his “Read my lips” pledge not to raise taxes. And in today’s anti-tax, tea party-fueled America, that could be the kiss of death for Jeb. The associations with his brother could be even worse. George W. Bush left office with near historically low approval levels, and is still reviled by much of the country.
"The main opponents for Christie are Jeb Bush and Scott Walker," said Julian Zelizer, a professor of political history at Princeton University. He called Paul's announcement "a marginal loss in terms of voters" that would shift from Christie to support Paul. Also, Christie and Paul won't likely share the same donor base, Zelizer said. But aside from donor and voter support, there's a third area where Paul's announcement could slightly ding Christie's presidential prospects: media attention. "It's a hit with media," said Zelizer. "(Paul's) trajectory has been upward and Christie's has been stalled at best, and it continues to hurt. Christie is in one of those moments where every nuance chips away." Momentum from media attention is valuable, Zelizer argued, and Christie needs to find a way to get some in what's expected to be a crowed Republican field.
If Democrats really want to take on Wall Street and tackle economic inequality, they first have to bring about reform of the campaign finance system. If campaigns were publicly funded or there were more stringent limits on independent expenditures, Wall Street would have much more trouble achieving disproportionate influence. Reform could level the playing field. More often than not, campaign finance reform is an issue that gets sidetracked with little more than some pro forma words of support.