Merle Black

Emory University

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Professor of Politics and Government at Emory University, and co-author of Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics

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At the Citadel military college in South Carolina,  Mitt Romney  made a neo-conservative foreign policy speech today.

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