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Emily's husband, Charlotte, Tommy, Molly's dad, author,FDR,Obama books. MSNBC analyst, DailyBeast columnist, EP: Alpha House. Chicago native.

The Free Community College Plan is Obama’s GI Bill

thedailybeast.com — President Obama this month gave the best State of the Union address of his presidency but it was largely written in disappearing ink. Like the vast majority of presidential speeches, little of it lingers. But one proposal in the speech could prove historic.

A nation of Maytag repairmen … Is that a shrimp in your pocket? … Obama’s eighteen-and-a-half-month gap by Jonathan Alter

washingtonmonthly.com — A nation of Maytag repairmen ... Is that a shrimp in your pocket? ... Obama's eighteen-and-a-half-month gap By Jonathan Alter Frame of reverence If you went into homes up in the hollows of Charlie Peters's West Virginia and elsewhere in the decades following World War II, you could often find photographs of FDR. The same was later true of JFK's picture, and not just where Catholics lived.

President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion

thedailybeast.com — I was one of the reporters camping out at the courthouse in Concord, New Hampshire, in December 1991, waiting for Godot... er, Cuomo. Even then, most of us doubted he would show up and actually sign the papers allowing him to enter the 1992 New Hampshire primary.

A National Fix for Prosecutorial Conflict of Interest

medium.com — How Congress Can Fix the Justice System Alexis de Toqueville noticed something interesting about the French Revolution: the spirit of rebellion was most...www.thedailybeast.com

How Congress Can Fix the Justice System

thedailybeast.com — Alexis de Toqueville noticed something interesting about the French Revolution: the spirit of rebellion was most intense in regions where the standard of living was rising, not falling. The idea of a revolution of rising expectations was revived in the decolonization era after World War II and during the civil rights movement in the United States.

Will Obama‘s Bourbon Summit Work?

thedailybeast.com — From the New York Times, Nov. 5, 1986: President Reagan pledged today to 'complete the revolution that we have so well begun' and said that his domestic and foreign policy agenda remained unchanged despite the Republicans' loss of control of the Senate.

Senate Control May Be Unknown for Weeks

If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday

The Democrats’ Closing Argument Needs to Be J-O-B-S

thedailybeast.com — As Democrats mutter privately that their Senate majority is sinking beneath the waves, their leadership has sent out an SOS. It's all hands on deck, unless those hands belong to the President of the United States. Because only Michigan Rep.

Exposed: The White House’s Professor-in-Chief

thedailybeast.com — When Vice President Joe Biden told a Harvard audience last week that it was "inappropriate" for former administration officials to write critically about President Obama before he leaves office, Biden didn't mention that a full accounting of the Obama policy in Iraq might not reflect too well on him, either.
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Jan 24, 2015

Yes my son @MrTalter--here with Mr Cub in Wrigley dugout circa 1998--still a Cub fan. Character! instagram.com/p/yPfvIIIZvg/

Jan 24, 2015

Where’s the Empathy? nyti.ms/1Jmnyox Devastating Nick Kristof column about a childhood friend who died in the Other America.

Jan 24, 2015

RT @DraperRobert: A lovely thing that Obama awarded Ernie Banks aka Mr. Cub the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. #RIP

Jan 24, 2015

Ernie was my hero from age 6 to 16, and not just 'cause I saw him play more than 100 times. He was clutch, sunny,unembarrassed to be uncool.

Jan 24, 2015

I grew up near Wrigley in '60s. In '13, Rich Cohen interviewed my boyhood hero, Ernie Banks. RIP, Mr. Cub. si.com/mlb/2014/07/07… via @SInow

Jan 24, 2015

@TonyPeric I have 3 529s for kids and like them. Question: Would the new 529 taxes exceed the $10k tuition in the free college plan?

Jan 24, 2015

My take on why free comm college is essential Big Idea, with caveats like need to torch existing guidance system. thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/…

Jan 22, 2015

Just saw terrific "American Sniper." Why did critics get idea that it was pro-war? Just because Clint E made it? War's senselessness clear.

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