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OPINION: How progress is possible in Obama's second term
November 13th, 2012
01:02 PM ET

OPINION: How progress is possible in Obama's second term

Editor's note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and of the new book "Governing America."

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Julian Zelizer says second-term presidents generally have trouble with Congress, but political incentives for both parties could inspire legislative breakthroughs.

[0:38] "President Obama does not have to remain content with the domestic agenda he has already achieved. He could succeed like Ronald Reagan in 1986, when Congress passed, with bipartisan support, a major tax reform bill that closed many loopholes and lowered rates."

[2:43] "Nothing is inevitable in American politics. The history of Washington is filled with moments when something should have happened but didn't. Politics has a way of sidetracking progress on almost any issue. Talk about compromise that often follows an election is cheap, frequently leading to nothing."

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OPINION: Do we have a national pastime?
Bob Greene says it's been awhile since baseball has really been the national pastime. Today that title goes to multitasking.
November 12th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: Do we have a national pastime?

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene wonders if baseball fades as the country's once national pastime, is it possible for our population to gather around one single activity?

[0:32] "In a country of 314 million people, this year's World Series drew an average television audience of only 12.7 million viewers per game.  But the question is whether any single activity of any kind– not just sports– qualifies for that title.  Cohesion is not exactly the dominating quality of 21st-century life."

[2:10] "Our pastimes are many, and the very idea of a national pastime goes against the contemporary aversion to doing only one thing at a time.  Although the very real possibility exists. . .that we have, indeed, without planning to, settled on a new kind of national pastime: multitasking."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion


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November 6th, 2012
01:05 PM ET

OPINION: If it's close, watch out

By Julian Zelizer, CNN Contributor

Editor's note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and of the new book "Governing America."

(CNN) - Election night could be a long one. Many of the polls continue to show a tight race with the candidates remaining in a dead heat in the swing states. Whoever wins the election, it might not be by much.

Close elections have produced challenges for the victor once he starts his term in the White House. If voters don't provide a clear mandate, presidents often find that they have added challenges when dealing with Congress, as legislators have far less fear about the commander in chief.

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OPINION: Candidates are people too
November 5th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

OPINION: Candidates are people too

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene says showing emotion might be a sign of weakness for presidential candidates, but they pay an emotional toll through the campaigns and even worse, a loss.

[0:31] "For the presidential candidates to reveal they are vulnerable to hurt would seem to be an admission of weakness. 'If I'd had feelings,' Richard Nixon told me after leaving the White House, 'I probably wouldn't have even survived.'"

[1:45] "Betty Ford said, of her husband: 'He told us that there always has to be a winner and there always has to be a loser, and that you shouldn't be in politics if you aren't aware of that.  We both felt pretty terrible.  But we couldn't change it.'  Someone will feel that way Tuesday night."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion


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Memories of the Jersey Shore
David Vigilante and his brother in Wildwood, 1969.
November 2nd, 2012
04:29 PM ET

Memories of the Jersey Shore

(CNN) - Among the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy is a stretch of coast known simply as the Jersey Shore.

Before this area became synonymous with a hard-partying reality show, it was a place where countless families made memories. One  of those families was David Vigilante's:

[1:19] "The shore was more than just a beach. It was carnival rides and boardwalks and the remnants of what entertainment looked like in the Victorian era. It was the birthplace of Miss America and the land of Springsteen."

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