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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
With the (Republican) Congress looking ready to part ways with the Obama State Department over Iran policy, Julian Zelizer, 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), puts the question of whether "politics stops at the water's edge" in historical context.
Julian Zelizer, a Princeton historian and the author of a new book on the 1960s expansion of the safety net, said the closest analogy might be Reconstruction and the reaction to it. An enormous federal effort initially succeeded in expanding civil rights in the South, only to be reversed in later years. The reversal lasted decades. Reconstruction is obviously a charged, and imperfect, analogy. (For one thing, the people who would lose health insurance now would be predominantly white Southerners.) But the fact that no better precedent comes to mind underscores the highly unusual nature of what could happen at the Supreme Court.
“There are more women than before,” said Julian E. Zelizer a professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and expert on Congress. “But it’s certainly not representative of the general population and the number of female senators in leadership positions is meager. The Senate simply doesn’t look like the America and that only intensifies the distance between the citizenry and this institution.”
The "tea party" faction of the House Republicans has been pivotal to this strategy as was clear this week. Since they have shown repeatedly that they are willing to employ the most extreme measures to defend their principles, and that they won't allow Boehner to rein them in for "practical" political considerations, Democrats can't afford to take the threats lightly.
“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."
On February 26, 2015, Mark Shriver, son of Sargent Shriver; Princeton Professor Julian Zelizer, author of the recently published The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society; Melissa Boteach, Vice President of Half in Ten and the Poverty and Prosperity Program at American Progress; and New Yorker writer Nicholas Lemann discussed the legacy of the War on Poverty programs with Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic.
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.