From The Common Review, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington on autobiographical fire and Obama's creation of self. An interview with Timothy Garton Ash: "Obama is certainly a European". The Shuffle President: Barack Obama's complicated, even eclectic, agenda suits our multitasking digital age. The science of good government: The Obama administration talks a lot about making policy based on evidence rather than politics — but which evidence? One Way Street: Why government programs never die. A look at how the government has a database for most everything. How may I help you?: The Politico goes deep inside the world of congressional phone operations. Partisan Portfolios: You'd be surprised to see what congressional Democrats and Republicans own. Perhaps 2008 was different, and conservatives' forebodings about when or whether they'll govern again are well-founded. A review of Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement by Richard Brookhiser. More and more and more on Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley. Stop the presses and shut off the RSS feeds: the bashiest of the Bush-bashers is starting to appreciate the Exile of Crawford. Kevin Mattson on why Jimmy Carter's "malaise" speech is more relevant than ever.

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