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After just seven months on the job, George W. Bush is taking the longest presidential vacation in 32 years. Although Bush's Texas ranch is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that keeps him as connected as any president has ever been, the four- week break creates the appearance that he is out-of-touch. What is the symbolic impact of so much time off after so little time on the job? What message does send to White House staff, world leaders and the American public? We examine the conflict between reality and perception with political scientists, businessmen, academics and economists.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Water Wars? - As the world's population increases, its aquifers are declining and rivers are shrinking. Water is already rationed in many places. Former US Senator Paul Simon, now director of Southern Illinois University's Public Policy Institute, sounds an ominous warning and proposes American leadership before it's too late.

The Dallas Morning News

Working Time: International Trends, Theory and Policy Perspectives

Southern Illinois University's Public Policy Institute

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