Presidents Can’t Seem to Change Government Bureaucracies

“National Security and Double Government,” a book by Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon, suggests presidents can't change certain policies, particularly involving national security, no matter how hard they try. In the 2008 campaign, Obama promised to end the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping, close Guantanamo Bay and scrap or reform the Patriot Act. Yet he could... Continue Reading →

Political Life Isn’t Natural

"The political mind is the product of men in public life who have been twice spoiled. They have been spoiled with praise and they have been spoiled with abuse. With them, nothing is natural, everything is artificial." -- Calvin Coolidge wrote, after his presidency. (Tip of the hat to New York Times columnist David Brooks for... Continue Reading →

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