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Archive for July, 2006

Civic Engagement and the Mideast Cauldron

, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics

A recent trip to Israel–which concluded just before the outbreak of war between Israel and Lebanon–offered some lessons on civic engagement that Americans would be wise to learn. The escalating tensions in the region, including full-scale war in Gaza, provided a dramatic back-drop to a long series of briefings by high level officials in the […]

The Mideast War and the Midterm Elections

, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics

The Israeli-Hezbollah war in the Middle East has become this summer’s obsession, and rightly so. The dangers of a wider war are ever present, and no story is equal to the misery of armed conflict in the world’s tinderbox. Nonetheless, one wishes that the television media could walk and chew gum simultaneously. Loads of important […]

Politics: America’s Missing Constitutional Link

, U.Va. Center for Politics

It’s manifestly obvious. The last thing the United States needs is more politics. Or so the American people, who hate politics, believe. And on this point, alas, they are very wrong. One reason citizens dislike politics is that the political system doesn’t work terribly well, but it doesn’t work well because we have neglected to […]

Mid-Summer Midterm Madness

A fresh look at 2006's House 'bubble battles'

, U.Va. Center for Politics

Yes, we know college basketball is a distant memory by now from the perspective of these hot summer months, but looking at the list of potentially competitive races beyond those listed in our Dirty Thirty, we can’t help but be reminded of the perennial spectacle of bracket selection. Much as slightly above-average college basketball squads […]