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Michael Brendan Dougherty (The Slurve, The Week) and Daniel Strauss (Politico)

On Washington Squares, Michael talks to Daniel about politics and baseball. They begin by analyzing Obama’s varieties of coolness, and discussing whether Romney is underrated by the media. Daniel reviews Marco Rubio’s recent foreign policy speech and what it means for the veepstakes. Will Rubio be the Sarah Palin of 2012? Michael and Daniel next turn to the political writers’ pastime, baseball. They conclude by examining whether sports can elevate culture.

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Recorded:Apr 27    Posted:Apr 29, 2012
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Washington Squares | Apr 29, 2012 | Michael Brendan Dougherty & Daniel Strauss

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