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Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates
2015, Elaine Kamarck
The Father of the Constitution Meets Modern American Politics
2015, Benjamin Wittes and Pietro S. Nivola, eds.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House
2014, Stephen Hess
A Practical Guide for Developing Enterprise Leaders
2014, Jackson A. Nickerson and Ronald Sanders, eds.
America, Rising Powers, and the Tension between Rivalry and Restraint
2014, Bruce Jones
White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants
2014, John Hudak
2014, Angela Stent
Congress, President, and the Search for Answers, 1945–2012
2013, Paul C. Light
Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed
2013, Marvin Kalb
2013, Cass Sunstein
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In this Brookings Essay, Stuart Taylor, Jr. collects the divergent views of four prominent experts to help frame the debate over the future of the NSA in the post-Snowden era.
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