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The 100-days curse: Should a president be judged by that benchmark?




US President Donald Trump makes his way to the Rose Garden for Neil Gorsuch's swearing-in ceremony as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court at the White House.
US President Donald Trump makes his way to the Rose Garden for Neil Gorsuch's swearing-in ceremony as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court at the White House.
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April 29 will be the 100th day of President Donald Trump's term in office, and the news media and political pundits are gearing up to weigh in on the neophyte’s performance.

Is it fair to judge a president by what is accomplished in the first three months? How did that benchmark come about?

Guests:

Adam Cohen, journalist and author of many books, including “Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America” (Penguin Books, 2010).

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science at Marquette University in Milwaukee. She is also a contributor for FiveThirtyEight, the data analysis website where her piece on the importance of a president’s first 100 days was published earlier this year.