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The Conversation: State of the Union 2013

Courtesy of the White House

The Conversation this week features government professors Joseph Bafumi, whose interests include electoral behavior and public opinion, and Brendan Nyhan, who researches political misconceptions and scandal. Dartbeat: Based on the speech, what do you think the most contentious policies will be in President Barack Obama’s second term? Joseph Bafumi: New taxes, entitlement reform, additional spending projects in education and infrastructure and possibly some of the social issues. Brendan Nyhan: Immigration and guns are the most controversial social policy issues, aside from budget and taxes. JB: The Republicans are probably looking at the last election and thinking they’ve got to do something about immigration — move a little bit to the left on that — and on guns. There may be Republicans who are waiting a little bit before taking really hard stances against traditional gun control. They may be waiting for memories of [the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting] to subside, for example. The public opinion we’ve seen is so in favor of gun control, they’re probably looking to stall the issue, so it’s hard to know how we’ll deal with that one. But I think we might actually get immigration reform because in the last election House Republicans realized… Read more »

Dartbeat Asks: State of the Union 2013

Courtesy of the Christian Science Monitor

In his fourth State of the Union address last Tuesday, President Barack Obama asked Congress to focus investment in areas including education, alternative energy research, infrastructure and manufacturing as a route to long-term economic improvement. He also focused on renewed attention to climate change, voting reform and nuclear disarmament. The impassioned rhetoric of the speech’s closing moments revealed the President’s (or his speechwriters’) personal stake in the gun control effort. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who delivered the GOP response to the address, on the other hand, chose to focus on his parched throat while I spent much of the address focusing on Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner as they focused on staying alert. I thought it was really important that the president mentioned the Violence Against Women Act. And I thought it was very interesting that some women in the House and the Senate didn’t stand up and clap for equal pay for equal work. —Bridget-Kate McNulty ’16 I’m just getting to the part about climate policy and a push for climate change which is a really big deal for me, and I think what he’s saying is really good. I hope that he… Read more »

In the Media: State of the Union 2013

Missed the State of the Union? No worries — Dartbeat’s got you covered. “In the Media” will curate the best media coverage of major events from around the Web so that you can stay informed, effortlessly. This post will be updated throughout the day as new stories are published. President of the United States Barack Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address Here’s a transcript of the speech, courtesy of The Washington Post. And here’s the Post’s fact-check of the address. How does Obama’s speech compare to past States of the Union? ABC News takes a look. Before last night’s proceedings even kicked off, the hacker group Anonymous issued a threat that they woud be hacking State of the Union livestreams. Why? Read about it here. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) delivered the Republican Party’s response to the State of the Union, and took a very “consequential sip of water.” The Atlantic Wire breaks it down. Here’s a tweet Rubio sent after his speech was over. Marco Rubio’s 2013 State of the Union GOP Response Rand Paul (R-Ky.) of the Tea Party also had something to say. Rand Paul’s 2013 State of the Union Tea Party Response It’s got… Read more »

In the Media: Inauguration 2013

Missed the inauguration? No worries — Dartbeat’s got you covered. “In the Media” will curate the best media coverage of major events from around the Web so that you can stay informed, effortlessly. This post may be updated throughout the day as new stories are published.
Watch President of the United States Barack Obama and Vice President of the United States Joe Biden get sworn in on Jan. 20, this time without any flubs.

Barack Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Address

Read the full text of the speech as delivered here — and, for those who want a quicker recap, The New York Times is offering their own condensed version. The New York Times’ reporters and editors also annotated Obama’s speech, providing commentary and explanation…. Read more »

Dartmouth does the inauguration


On January 21, 2013, I witnessed history. (And it wasn’t that I was out of bed before sunrise.) Yesterday, I took part in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. As a non-ticket holder, I had to wake up at 5 a.m. in order to even get a chance to stand in view of the Capitol…. Read more »

Guardian blogger Enten answers questions about politics and statistics

Harry Enten ’11 writes about electoral statistics and politics at The Guardian and runs a political statistics-focused blog called Margin of Error. Enten, who studied government at the College, specializes in forecasting and wrote numerous articles about this year’s election for The Guardian. Enten spoke about his love of forecasting elections and weather at TedxDartmouth in 2011, where he predicted that President Barack Obama would win the election with 51.4 percent of the vote. Follow him on Twitter at @ForecasterEnten…. Read more »