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Clued in to Politics
A Critical Thinking Reader in American Government

Fourth Edition
Edited by:


January 2014 | 424 pages | CQ Press
Clued in to Politics is a collection of contemporary American government readings (more than half new to this edition) that uses proven pedagogy for modeling critical thinking. The editors write a contextual headnote—“why we chose this piece”—and then follow every reading with questions that employ the CLUES method: Consider the source, Lay out the argument, Uncover the evidence, Evaluate the conclusion, and Sort out the political implications. By consistently walking students through a process for close reading and analysis, students pick up the habit of critical thinking and internalize a process that moves them far beyond regurgitating information. The chapters line up with coverage in introductory American government texts.
 
Chapter 1 Introduction to American Politics
1.1 A Remarkable, Historic Period of Change Ezra Klein
1.2 The Rebirth of American Civic Life Robert D. Putnam
1.3 Inaugural Address John F. Kennedy
 
Chapter 2 Political Culture and Ideology
2.1 Harmony and the Dream David Brooks
2.2 America’s New Culture War: Free Enterprise vs. Government Control Arthur C. Brooks
2.3 Left, right: The brain science of politics Kate Gluek
2.4 Today’s Politics: Coalition of Transcendent vs. Coalition of Restoration Ronald Brownstein
2.5 Is Rush Limbaugh’s Country Gone? Thomas Edsall
2.6 Gettysburg Address Abraham Lincoln
 
Chapter 3 Immigration and American Demographics
3.1 Not Legal Not Leaving Jose Antonio Vargas
3.2 Why the Red States Will Benefit Most from Immigration Joel Kotkin
3.3 The End of Multiculturalism Lawrence E. Harrison
3.4 What America Will We Pick? Eugene Robinson
3.5 I Have a Dream Martin Luther King Jr.
 
Chapter 4 Federalism and the Constitution
4.1 “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” for Friday, May 15, 2009 Keith Olbermann
4.2 An Iowa Fox in California’s Hen House Editorial, The Press Democrat
4.3 Our Imbecilic Constitution Sanford Levinson
4.4 Federalist No. 51 James Madison
 
Chapter 5 Civil Liberties
5.1 Obama’s New Frame: Gun Rights Vs. The Right to Life Jill Lawrence
5.2 The courts, birth control and phony claims of ‘religious liberty’ Barry W. Lynn
5.3 We are Shocked, shocked… David Simon
5.4 Dead Letter Office Dahlia Lithwick
5.5 Federalist No. 84 Alexander Hamilton
 
Chapter 6 Civil Rights
6.1 Segregated prom tradition yields to unity Jamie Gumbrecht
6.2 A Father’s Journey Frank Bruni
6.3 Trent Franks’s abortion claim and the manly Republican Party Dana Milbank
6.4 A More Perfect Union Barack Obama
 
Chapter 7 Congress
7.1 Let’s Just Say It: The Republicans Are the Problem Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
7.2 Say Goodbye to Gridlock in Washington Ira Shapiro
7.3 Big State, Small State Adam Liptak
7.4 The Great Gerrymander of 2012 Sam Wang
7.5 Declaration of Conscience Margaret Chase Smith
 
Chapter 8 The Presidency
8.1 The Real Agenda Editorial, New York Times
8.2 How to Measure for a President John Dickerson
8.3 The Presider Andrew Sullivan
8.4 The Powerless Presidency Ryan Lizza
8.5 Excerpt from Speech to Congress Abraham Lincoln
 
Chapter 9 Bureaucracy
9.1 In Artist’s Freeway Prank, Form Followed Function Hugo Martin
9.2 Edward Snowden Is No Hero Jeffrey Toobin
9.3 Judge Blocks New York City’s Limits on Big Sugary Drinks Michael M. Grynbaum
9.4 Special Message to the Congress Recommending the Establishment of a Department of National Defense Harry S. Truman
 
Chapter 10 The Courts
10.1 Obstruction of Judges Jeffrey Rosen
10.2 No More Mr. Nice Guy Jeffrey Toobin
10.3 Supreme Court Weighs Cases Redefining Legal Equality Adam Liptak
10.4 The Cost of Compromise Linda Greenhouse
10.5 Federalist No. 78 Alexander Hamilton
 
Chapter 11 Public Opinion
11.1 Party On, Dudes! Matthew Robinson
11.2 The Rise of the Poll Quants (or, Why Sam Wang Might Eat a Bug) Tom Bartlett
11.3 Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Mark Mellman
11.4 The Other War Room Joshua Green
11.5 Will the Polls Destroy Representative Democracy? George Horace Gallup and Saul Forbes Rae
 
Chapter 12 Political Parties
12.1 GOP vs. Voting Rights Act William Yeomans
12.2 Conservatives, Don't Despair David Frum
12.3 The Senate's 'Manchurian candidates' Steve LaTourette
12.4 Introducing the Purple Party Kurt Andersen
12.5 Farewell Address George Washington
 
Chapter 13 Interest Groups
13.1 Shy No More, N.R.A.’s Top Gun Sticks to Cause Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Jodi Kantor
13.2 For-Profit Colleges Mount Unprecedented Battle For Influence In Washington Chris Kirkham
13.3 Super PACs get new use -- as lobbying arms on Hill Dave Leventhal
13.4 Federalist No. 10 James Madison
 
Chapter 14 Voting and Elections
14.1 A Vast Left-Wing Competency Sasha Issenberg
14.2 On Voting, Listen to John Lewis Michael Waldman
14.3 Obama vs. Campaign Finance Laws John Wonderlich
14.4 Concession Speech Al Gore
 
Chapter 15 The Media
15.1 Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable Clay Shirky
15.2 The Unskewed Election Ben Smith and Ruby Cramer
15.3 Tearing down the conservative echo chambe Joe Scarborough
15.4 Obama, the Puppet Master Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen
15.5 5 (Weird) Ways Government is Experimenting with Social Media Ryan Holmes
15.6 Mr. Hearst Answers High School Girl’s Query William Randolph Hearst
 
Chapter 16 Domestic Policy
16.1 Zero Tolerance Lets a Student’s Future Hang on a Knife’s Edge Barry Siegel
16.2 Has President Obama Done Enough for Black Americans? George Condon Jr. and Jim O’Sullivan
16.3 President, Democrats must now focus on the real problem: Spending Mitch McConnell
16.4 Fireside Chat Franklin Delano Roosevelt
 
Chapter 17 Foreign Policy
17.1 Long Engagements George Packer
17.2 The Case for Missile Defense Steve Bonta
17.3 Fund—Don’t Cut—U.S. Soft Power David Petraeus and Michael O’Hanlon
17.4 Speech Before the National Association of Evangelicals Ronald Reagan

Short, topical readings. Love the rationale at the beginning of each reading about why the authors selected it and the discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

Dr Lauren Copeland
Political Science Dept, Baldwin-Wallace College
October 6, 2016

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