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March 20, 2017

The Twitter Age of the Presidency by Seth Masket, Pacific Standard

“The Perry and Joyce research (summarized here) focused particularly on Trump. Between his clinching the nomination on May 24th, 2016, and his inauguration on January 20th, 2017, Trump tweeted an impressive 1,229 times — roughly five tweets per day. Approximately a quarter of those were posted between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Fifty-nine percent of Trump’s tweets during this time were exclamations of some sort and 21 percent contained words in all caps.”

April 4, 2017

How Refugee Limits Could Hurt GOP Rustbelt Reps by Luke Perry, The Hill

“Hanna recently shared his belief that Trump's immigration and refugee executive actions were "an inappropriate, unsophisticated message to the world," furthered by people being "taught to see immigrants as criminals" and the "myth we are not vetting people well in this country."

April 20, 2017

Why Is France in its Fifth Republic? by Lorraine Boissoneault, The Smithsonian Magazine

“Both world wars were over, the Great Depression was solidly in the past, and France was free from the puppet Vichy government. So what could possibly go wrong in the new era of peace and European unity? A lot, as it turns out. The country’s fourth stab at a republic featured a mostly ceremonial president with a powerful legislature, but the politicians were elected on a system of proportional representation, “resulting in so many parties having seats that it was difficult to create a stable coalition government,” writes political scientist Nathan Richmond. The average cabinet only lasted six months, and there were 16 prime ministers in the 12 years between 1946 and 1958.”

May 2, 2017

In 3 Charts, here’s how President Trump’s Tweets differ from candidate Trump’s by Luke Perry and Paul Joyce, The Monkey Cage, The Washington Post

“Based on Trump’s first 100 days, we can assume that Twitter will remain central to his communication approach. After all, it’s not hyperbole to say that the medium played a huge part in getting him to the White House in the first place.” 

June 12, 2017

Trump Won’t Drop Twitter, but Twitter Should Drop Trump, by Seth Maskett, Pacific Standard

"The Twitter rules do seem biased toward freedom of expression, but they note that an account may be suspended "if a primary purpose of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others." It's a bit unclear how they define "primary purpose" here. But as political scientist Luke Perry notes, roughly half of Trump's tweets as a presidential candidate were attacks and insults. Just over one-third have been insults since he became president. This would seem to qualify."

July 6, 2017

NY-22 Minute piece NY-22 Not as Republican as Tenney Claims was posted in The Empire Report

July 14, 2017

NY-22 Minute piece Tenney Talks Trump, Media, Healthcare, and Education was posted in The Empire Report