Category Archives: The Presidency

The Politics of Terrorism: George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama, and the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was a home-schooled third grader about to start her day. Suddenly, my father called my mother and told her to turn on the television. It was after that day that everything changed. … Continue reading

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Presidential-Press Relations and John F. Kennedy’s “Speakers Kit”

Presidential-press relations have received some rare attention in the media spotlight these past few weeks. It began on President’s Day weekend, when reporters were denied access to cover President Obama’s golf outing at the Floridian National Golf Club. The event … Continue reading

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Presidential Powers: Placing Civil Rights over Pracital Politics?

When there is a gap between our political principles and practical politics who you gonna call? When the nations cries “all men are created equal”, but does not treat them as such (and the Ghostbusters are on holiday), we turn … Continue reading

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From “Moral Imperative” to Fiscal Responsibility: Understanding President Obama’s Evolving Rhetoric Regarding Health Care Reform

Health is the foundation of well-being. Our good health, which so many of us take for granted, enables us to prosper. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. underscored this point in a 1966 speech to the medical committee for human rights … Continue reading

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The Iranian dilemma, or how to move outside of a rock and a hard place

The 1953 CIA overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh, the 1979 hostage crisis, and Iranian persistence in acquiring a nuclear weapon all point to failed foreign policy vis-à-vis Iran. This less than ideal more than half century of relations has … Continue reading

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Executive Orders research

My paper originally started with the idea of examining executive orders that had been overturned in the court system and seeking to find some sort of pattern. I was also hoping that the courts would have created through their decisions, … Continue reading

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Party Polarization and Founding Father Ideology

Since having the fall conference, I was able to return to my paper with a more critical eye about how I was going to organize my ideas and explain how party polarization could be lessened if we also analyze the … Continue reading

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#PrimarySourceProblems

Writing this paper has certainly come a long way from my original research proposal back in September. I have narrowed my focus down to looking at the evolving relationship between the executive branch and corporations during the twentieth century, which … Continue reading

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The Matrix of Presidential Power

I knew when I started researching Aaron Wildavsky’s Dual Presidency Thesis that I would be exposed to literature and case law which sometimes seem to point in different directions.  However, what was perhaps the most interesting part of my research for this … Continue reading

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Putting it in Perspective

One of the key points in my paper is the American financial crisis and the grave danger it poses on our nation’s future.  The economic issue in America touches the lives of all American’s differently and many Americans do not … Continue reading

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