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Population Shifts and the Nationalization of Politics

Ashley Parker and Jonathan Martin’s A-1 story in the New York Times today makes an interesting argument about the nationalization of politics and its role in explaining Eric Cantor’s primary loss and Thad Cochran’s forced runoff. For all the talk about how partisan polarization is overwhelming Washington, there is another powerful, overlapping force at play: Voters … Continue reading

On Roger Ailes and Party Control of American Government

I much enjoyed Harvard historian Jill Lepore’s essay in the New Yorker on the parallels between William Randolph Hearst and Roger Ailes, but her sweeping conclusion that Ailes is less “kingmaker” than “entertainer” and “boogeyman” rests on rather shaky ground, empirically speaking. Lepore notes: Hearst died in 1951. Between 1952 and 1988, an era marked … Continue reading

From the annals of $75 billion origin stories

Jenny 8. Lee tweeted earlier today about Harvard’s prehistoric efforts to develop a virtual “facebook” in the mid-90s. The blog post she links to is somewhat interesting, somewhat tedious—although as former Dean of Harvard College Harry Lewis explains, his intention in publishing the emails is to bolster the “historical record,” not because the content of the … Continue reading

PEJ: Weiner Was Top Story in Press Last Week

Sigh. From June 6-12, the saga accounted for 17% of the newshole measured by the News Coverage Index of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. That makes the Weiner saga the fourth-most covered scandal involving elected officials since PEJ began tracking news in January 2007. Also: For the week, Weiner was easily … Continue reading

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