Julian Zelizer

Princeton historian

Julian Zelizer appears in the following:

When 17 Democrats Ran for President

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Julian Zelizer gives his thoughts on what the GOP can learn from the 17 Democrats who ran for president in 1976. 

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How LBJ's 'Great Society' Came To Be

Friday, April 17, 2015

Princeton professor Julian Zelizer talks about the forces that helped shape the legislation that President Johnson labeled the 'Great Society.'

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Sorry. The Iran Letter Is Not Treason.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hyperbole isn't unprecedented in Washington, and neither is the behavior of the 47 Senate Republicans who penned an open letter to Iran's leaders, undermining the Obama Administration.

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Should Congress Make Foreign Policy?

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

With Congress looking ready to part ways with the State Department over Iran, Princeton professor Julian Zelizer looks at whether politics really "stops at the water's edge."

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The Transformative Agenda of LBJ

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LBJ spearheaded the most transformative agenda in American political history since the New Deal, including the Civil Rights Acts; the War on Poverty; and Medicare and Medicaid.

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Government in Crisis, in Context

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

As Tea Party Republicans insist that Obamacare be defunded or delayed, government has ground to a halt. What do we make of this moment in historical context? Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Governing America: The Revival of Political History (Princeton University Press, 2012) discusses the history of shutdowns, inter-party schisms, and other moments of crisis.

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Congress and War

Friday, March 22, 2013

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Governing America: The Revival of Political History and Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at The Cato Institute and author of several books including, The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous and Less Free, discuss how current Congressional Republicans' positions on war and defense spending have been influenced by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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The Identity of the Republican Party

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Republicans lost two Senate races, those in Missouri and Indiana, that they probably should have won. What does this say about the tactics, strategy, and identity of the Republican Party? Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is a historian of the conservative movement in American.


Why the DNC Speeches Matter

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

For the Democrats, the conventions have an incredible history of foretelling the party’s direction and creating the biggest stars. Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affa...

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The Art of the Convention Speech

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Historically, candidates have used the publicity afforded by the national conventions as an opportunity to define, or to redefine, their campaign to the American public. The Takeaway ...

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Campaign Messaging as Tweet and as Tome

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

At fundraisers, the President Obama has said that the entire message of his opponent’s campaign can fit on a bumper sticker, or in a tweet: "It's Obama's Fault." The Obama campaign, o...


Learning From History

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Governing America: The Revival of Political History, looks at what renewed interest in American political history says about the country.

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Obama's State of the Campaign Address

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday night’s state of the union address will be a prime-time assessment of the nation's policy, economy and infrastructure and a laundry list of Administration policy goals set for the future. It will also serve as the opening salvo to President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. To look at the State of the Union as prime time electioneering is Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University.

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The Midterms in History

Monday, November 08, 2010

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Jimmy Carter: The American Presidents Series: The 39th President, 1977-81 and Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security - From World War II to the War on Terrorism, offers a historical perspective on the midterm elections.

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Changes in Advisors and White House Staff

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Soon, there will be several changes at the top levels of the Obama administration. Following the November elections, the White House’s top economic advisor, Larry Summers, will return to his position as a professor at Harvard University; Herbert Allison also announced he would step down as the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for financial stability. Perhaps less surprising is the much rumored, though finally announced, departure of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, in October.

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Dems May Use Reconciliation to Pass Health Care Reform

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Without enough votes in the Senate to revote on a modified bill and pass health care reform, the Democratic Party may resort to using a 1974 budgetary law known as reconciliation. The process protects the bill from filibusters that require a 60-vote majority to end debate, and would instead allow the bill to pass by a simple majority.

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Why Americans are Angry and D.C. is Broken

Monday, February 22, 2010

A new CNN poll finds that 86 percent of Americans think that government is broken. This week, we kick off a series called "Frustration Nation," where we examine the gridlock in the capital and how politics has come to be so divisive in America. For the first installment, we put today's situation in a historical context.

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What History Teaches Us About the Supermajority

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The election of Republican Scott Brown as Massachusetts' new junior senator on Tuesday night sent shock waves through Washington. Politicians of on both sides of the aisle flocked to microphones to give their takes on the future of health care reform now that the Democrats no longer have the Senate 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. But how did we come to expect a 59-vote majority as a bad thing? We look at the history of the supermajority.


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National Security: Then and Now

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

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Making a List

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The TSA has adopted a policy that will closely screen airline passengers from 14 countries. How do New Yorkers from those countries feel about the new measures? And Princeton professor Julian Zelizer offers some perspective - his new book looks at the history of US national security. Plus: NYT columnist ...