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‘Speeches Must Be Short’: Radio and the Birth of the Modern Presidential Campaign

The origin of the soundbite can be traced to the 1924 U.S. presidential election, the first one ever covered heavily by a broadcast medium, radio.

Portion of an ad for Radiola radio sets in the July 1924 issue of Radio News magazine

Presidents’ Day: Just Another Presidential Fable

A number of folk stories and a few divisive rumors have surrounded the office of the U.S. presidency, and skeptical folks like us check a few of them out.

Brams: Use Approval Voting in Presidential Primaries

Steven J. Brams says approval voting, in which voters can vote for more than one candidate, is a better way to conduct multiple candidate elections.

Nixon’s Presidential Library: The Last Battle of Watergate

Who controls the Nixon Library? A dispute over how to tell the story of his presidency raises questions about the purpose, and legitimacy, of presidential libraries.

Obama’s Vow to Cut Oil Imports Sounds Familiar

President Barack Obama sounds like his predecessors when he vows to kick the nation’s addiction to foreign oil.

The Ultra-Imperial Presidency

Yale’s Bruce Ackerman, a constitutional scholar, warns that unilateralism in the “most dangerous branch” of government is setting the stage for a tragic future.

Mr. President, You’re Right on Schedule

The study of decaying presidential popularity finds Barack Obama’s large point decline in his first year fits into the pattern of all recent chief executives.

Congratulations, Obama. Here’s Your Decay Curve.

Researchers analyze the productivity and popularity of new U.S. presidents.

Obama Speech Sends Rhetoricians Back to the Future

Candidate’s victory speech at the conclusion of the 2008 Iowa Democratic caucus has political scientists comparing it to ones delivered by icons of oratory from years past.

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The Big One

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