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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?
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
“Business doesn’t like to be regulated but it loves to hire politicians,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. “Amazon has a number of public policy issues they have to deal with and they’re looking for people who can get them into a room to meet with powerful officials. They want someone who has a feel for Washington, and companies realize there’s no one better for that than the people who have actually been there.”
"This is about money, and that's going to Jeb Bush," said Julian Zelizer, who teaches history and public affairs at Princeton University. "These kinds of stories can have a cascading effect. One right after another starts raising a lot of questions about candidates — to donors in addition to voters."
Obama showed “a genuine reluctance” to use a veto before, according to Princeton University professor Julian E. Zelizer, partly because he was elected on the grounds that he could forge a new political consensus. Even when that goal became elusive, Zelizer added, the president and his aides were aware that any veto gives the GOP fodder to “rally Republicans, and even some moderate Democrats, to be against him.” “I think he’s changed,” Zelizer said. “He’s just adjusted to this being the only tool he has left.”
There is a “clear political imperative” for Obama's more muscular use of presidential power, said Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University professor. “The opposition is strong, time is limited and you can't do much pro-actively. “It's important for Democrats not to end the last two years (of Obama's term) with Republicans not only controlling Congress, but doing a lot.”
Millennials bring a lot to the table. Though they will be difficult to reach, they are a generation that has survived through incredible changes and that is remarkably comfortable living in a dynamic society. They are nimble; they are a generation of start-ups. Millennials live in a global world and are not bound by many of the local constraints of earlier years.
Historian and LBJ expert Julian Zelizer says Hollywood missed an opportunity with the movie “Selma.” Former Congressman Mike Barnes calls Vladimir Putin “a KGB thug” but says he has lost his swagger. And Bill Press talks with Erica Sagrans, head of the group trying to draft Elizabeth Warren.
Julian E. Zelizer, author, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society.
Julian E. Zelizer, author, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society on the John Batchelor Show
Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University, argued Biden can speak to middle class concerns more fluently than Clinton, who has at times struggled to project the kind of populism that comes naturally to the vice president. "He's in some ways very much a New Deal Democrat who's concerned about what the government does to help the middle class," Zelizer explained. "I don't think it's hard for him to talk about this. This is who he is."
President Obama campaigned as an anti-war candidate, but he inherited the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Officially those wars may be over, but the U.S. is already conducting military operations in Iraq and Syria against the group that calls itself the Islamic State. The president wants authorization from Congress for that to continue for three years. On this Presidents Day, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson takes a historical look at presidents and war with historian Julian Zelizer, a professor at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.
A new NBC News/Marist poll shows three different frontrunners in three critical states, but in the race for campaign funds Jeb Bush is far outpacing his would-be rivals. Marcus Mabry, Katon Dawson, Molly O'Toole and Julian Zelizer discuss.
"You can get by being a tough and aggressive politician, but it is important to stand for something, something big. When LBJ ran against Goldwater in 1964, his campaign was not just about him but about a bold liberal agenda,'' Zelizer says. "Right now," he says, "Christie has nothing like that. His agenda remains mysterious and it is difficult to win over the hearts and minds of voters this way.''
“That was an example of doing the wrong thing, and that actually is much more of a problem than had you done the right thing being a positive,” Princeton University professor and presidential expert Julian Zelizer told AFP.
Moore’s states’ rights decision comes at the wrong moment in history, a time when fewer Americans will be swayed by his arguments and where there will be intense pushback. Using state’s rights against same-sex marriage rights just doesn’t command much support in modern America — in large part because of the accomplishments of the civil-rights movements in the 1960s.
And once they have done all this? That's when the toughest part begins. Because that is when Congress will have to live by its initial word and push back against any efforts to expand the mission in ways that go beyond the scope of the authorization. That will be much easier said than done.
On February 5, 2015, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law welcomed Dr. Julian Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, for a talk on his recently published book The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society.
The trip to London "certainly wasn't a stunning success," said Julian Zelizer, a professor of political science at Princeton University and a presidential historian, "He certainly didn't take advantage of the trip and stumbled into an issue. The major story was his controversial statement on vaccines."
None of this is to say that presidents are not extraordinarily powerful and important. But we need to do a better job putting presidents into context, celebrating them and criticizing them with a full understanding of the constraints that they face and the factors upon which they depend. If we don't, we'll continue to have unrealistic expectations about what the next president will do, and will surely be disillusioned, as we miss what exactly it has taken for the great presidents to succeed.
"The vaccine statement wasn't in his best interest," said Zelizer. "It goes against the kind of conservative he's trying to paint himself — a fiscal conservative, rather than a cultural one. There are other Republicans (in the field) who can do that better than him."