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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Michael Barone
Reading Michael Barone on politics and demography is like sampling a tasting menu prepared by a fine chef. His latest offering, "Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics," does not disappoint.
Michael Barone's talent for bringing history to life was well-hidden. Even he didn't know he had it until Jon Stewart made it public on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."
"This has been done by many administrations for many years. The general rule is that if official business is done, it can be paid for by the government. Obviously it would be impossible to limit officials' appearances to those which could not possibly have any positive political impact," he added.
"These sound like trips that can be justified as official business, although they were obviously scheduled with political considerations in mind," said Michael Barone, resident fellow in American politics at the American Enterprise Institute.