With Trump’s repudiation of traditional conservatism, how long can it be before the GOP cracks?

Every so often the Times Friday tandem of Krugman and Brooks offers up a special dividend.  In another consequential week for Trump, this was one of those days. Of greatest consequence, of course, were the ongoing revelations of Russian entanglement with members of Trump’s inner circle. News of Jeff Sessions’ contact with Russia’s ambassador and … Read more With Trump’s repudiation of traditional conservatism, how long can it be before the GOP cracks?

Beyond Distractions: Keeping the Big Political Picture in Mind

Like a barrel thrown to the whale, the people were to be amused with fancied amendments, until the harpoon of power should secure its prey and render resistance ineffectual. [Samuel Bryan], Centinel No 19 (Philadelphia) Independent Gazetteer, October 7, 1788.   It’s only days into the Trump administration, and already the flurry of actions and … Read more Beyond Distractions: Keeping the Big Political Picture in Mind

Matt Katz on “American Governor” in Camden

WNYC reporter and author Matt Katz reflected on Chris Christie’s relationship to Camden Tuesday. Drawing on years of coverage both of the city and of the governor, Katz conveyed a number of insights from his recently published American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption in a talk on the Rutgers-Camden campus.For those in the audience … Read more Matt Katz on “American Governor” in Camden

Looking for a “School” Of New Jersey Urban Studies

Judging from the symposium hosted on the Princeton University campus May 1st, the question at hand—“Could there be a New Jersey school of urban studies?”—is both timely and still to be determined. Presentations covering a wide range of topics, from segregated school houses to oral histories of “queer” Newark, proved stimulating, if not always directly … Read more Looking for a “School” Of New Jersey Urban Studies