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About John Surico

John Surico (National Editor) writes about the politics of politics. He's a big fan of "The Cosby Show" and Kurt Vonnegut. He'll meet Bill Murray one day, too.

Local Learns Politics: How We Go To War In 2013

May 9, 2013 9:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Poli-tricks, poli-ticks, politics. The intricacies of government and society are supposed to make your head hurt—simply because none of them actually make a shred of sense. Game theory never helped anyone either. But that’s what defines politics: a bunch of nonsense packaged into a somewhat sustainable rule of law. We know the topic can be yawn-inducing, confusing and nauseating but,... View Article


[VIDEO] NYU Local Talks Politics: What’s Up With Same-Sex Marriage’s Legal Future?

April 4, 2013 3:17 pm Published by 5 Comments

As you have probably heard by now (or seen everyone’s red-and-equal-sign Facebook profile photo), same-sex marriage came to the Supreme Court last week. The Nine heard from supporters and opposers on the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 – two cases that could have tidal-wave shifts on the state of these laws across the country. Although... View Article


Local Learns Politics: Flip-Flopping Is Too Easy If Your Friends Are Already Doing It

March 1, 2013 12:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Poli-tricks, poli-ticks, politics. The intricacies of government and society are supposed to make your head hurt—simply because none of them actually make any shred of sense. Game theory never helped anyone either. But that’s what defines politics: a bunch of nonsense packaged into a somewhat sustainable rule of law. We know the topic can be yawn-inducing, confusing and nauseating but,... View Article


Endorse Me For ‘Post-Grad Anxiety’: The Millennial Guide To LinkedIn

February 21, 2013 2:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In more ways than none, social media is intended for the youth. Facebook, in its baby steps, was limited to college students as Mark Zuckerberg stuck close to his ‘Erica Albright’s a bitch,” late-night blogging days at Harvard and Sean Parker (or Justin Timberlake – whoever you prefer to envision) got busted for coke at that frat party. And it... View Article


NYU Students Planning To Create America’s First University-Wide PAC

February 14, 2013 9:30 am Published by 1 Comment

To start simple, PACs are short for Political Action Committees. Limited to donations of $1,000 for state or local officials and $5,000 for federal offices, these aren’t the mega-million SuperPACs of Citizens United notoriety – we’ll talk about that another time. In classic political folklore, PACs are the financial glue that sticks your ordinary citizen to the political arena, substituting that... View Article


Local Learns Politics: When It Leaks, It Pours

February 8, 2013 11:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Poli-tricks, poli-ticks, politics. The intricacies of government and society are supposed to make your head hurt—simply because none of them actually make a shred of sense. Game theory never helped anyone either. But that’s what defines politics: a bunch of nonsense packaged into a somewhat sustainable rule of law. We know the topic can be yawn-inducing, confusing and nauseating but,... View Article


Local Learns Politics: Passing Immigration Reform Is Not That Hard. Seriously.

February 1, 2013 10:15 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Poli-tricks, poli-ticks, politics. The intricacies of government and society are supposed to make your head hurt—simply because none of them actually make any shred of sense. Game theory never helped anyone either. But that’s what defines politics: a bunch of nonsense packaged into a somewhat sustainable rule of law. We know the topic can be yawn-inducing, confusing and nauseating but,... View Article


“Don’t Sleep With Your Biographer” And Other Fun Lessons In Politics We Learned This Year

December 18, 2012 10:15 am Published by Leave your thoughts

2012 was a good year for our national analysis of What Went Wrong In Politics. The election (which has since been declared a ‘yawnfest’ by some people somewhere) dominated headlines so our politics talks were full of short-term gossip that made for quippy headlines. Luckily, election years are like the SATs of political self-inflection — the Democratic/Republican showdown teaches us... View Article


It’s 2012, So The Supreme Court Will Debate Same-Sex Marriage Now

December 10, 2012 9:53 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This past March, we wrote a post entitled “The Most Epic, Monumental, Game-Changing Supreme Court Case In History.” We may have exaggerated the title a bit, but it was a breakdown of the impending Obamacare decision in the Supreme Court: the players, the issues and, of course, the drama. Luckily, everyone’s speculation leading up to the verdict was completely upended... View Article


Meet Rep. John Boehner, The Man Who Got Screwed By The Fiscal Cliff

December 7, 2012 11:42 am Published by 1 Comment

The fiscal cliff has landed Speaker of the House John Boehner inside a legislative Kafka novella. With no escape button nearby, his more conservative peers cannot stand his willingness to strike a deal with the President—while his Democratic counterparts cannot stand his unwillingness to strike a deal with the President. He’s being pulled in every direction by the mobs that... View Article


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