Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on Trump Desire to Reorganize Executive Branch: ‘Good Luck With That’ (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

President Trump’s recent executive order, “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch,” may be a song we’ve heard before. Many times. As Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige explains, attempts at executive reform have a long history.

Rudalevige writes that when Trump complained about “’duplication and redundancy everywhere,’ and urged more ‘efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the executive branch,’ he was preaching to a bipartisan, historical presidential choir.” Read more in the Washington Post political science blog The Monkey Cage.

Loving a Maine Shout-Out (Again) in New York Times ‘Cooking’

Sam Sifton, you should visit.

For the second week in a row, New York Times food editor Sam Sifton has added a little Downeast flavor to the Cooking section. Last week Sifton highlighted State of Maine Department of Marine Resources data on landings of fish and shellfish.

In the most recent What to Cook This Week, Sifton suggests making Times Dining columnist Mark Bittman’s adaptation of a recipe for pasta alla Norma, “a dead simple meatless meal, easy to make in the time it takes to stream “Maine Things Considered” over the computer, and welcomes the workweek in style.” Sounds great all around.

Updating Facebook’s ‘Media Company’ Status (Wired)

Though Facebook has resisted the descriptor “media company”—insisting instead it is a technology platform—the implementation of the “spotlight module” long-form video created specifically for the platform “nukes its best arguments as it tries to sidestep any responsibility as a media juggernaut,” reports Wired. Read “Facebook’s Officially a Media Company. Time to Act Like One.”

Bowdoin’s Allen Wells Discusses Cuban-American Relations (Maine Public Radio)

Richard Blanco (left), Allen Wells

Allen Wells, Bowdoin’s Roger Howell Jr. Professor of History,  shared his insight on the current and future state of Cuban-American relations in the wake of Fidel Castro’s death on the Maine Public Radio program Maine Calling.

Wells, who is also director of the Latin American Studies Program , was joined by Cuban-American poet and speaker Richard Blanco.

They examined how daily life in Cuba has changed since Castro’s death, and assessed whether the thaw in relations with the US is likely to continue under the presidency of Donald Trump. Listen to the program.

Blanco, the inaugural poet for President Obama’s second term, is the first Mainer, immigrant, Latino and openly gay poet chosen to read at a presidential inauguration. He visited campus in 2013 to deliver a poetry reading; read more about his visit and watch the video.