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April 2014

William LeoGrande, professor of government, appeared on NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show" on April 16 to discuss American colleges' and universities' growing reliance on adjunct professors.

Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, appeared on Iowa Public Radio on April 15 and highlighted three reasons why the gender gap continues in political ambition.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was referenced in an article on April 12 critiquing the scrutiny Michelle Obama has received since her recent trip to China.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, was quoted in Bloomberg News on April 11 regarding the economic opportunities companies are taking in response to the Ukrainian crisis.

Julian Bond, professor of government, was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times on April 10 as President Obama and others celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.

Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, spoke to CNN on April 8 about the need for pay parity across the federal government, including in the White House, where reports show that women make only 77 cents on every dollar that their male colleagues earn. More than 55 outlets republished this piece.

Steven Taylor, associate professor of government, spoke to Voice of America on April 8 about anti-gay laws in African countries and the severe repression that is inflicted upon the victims of those laws.

Jon Gould, professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke with South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Cassie Bartlett on April 4 about his research on wrongful convictions. He presented his findings, as well, for students at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, explained in an interview with Deutsche Welle on April 4 that the USAID operation attempting to undermine the Cuban government through a social media platform was "very foolish" and harmed U.S. credibility in the region.

The New York Daily News wrote two articles about the Janus Forum Debate between Gen. Michael Hayden and Barton Gellman, moderated by Alan Levine, director of the Political Theory Institute. The first, published on April 4, analyzed the civil discussion. The second, published on April 6, questioned a system that allows the deep, data-mining utilized by the NSA.

Women face challenges running for office in the GOP, but Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, told Roll Call in an article on April 3 that the more important question is to determine how hard the party works to elect women candidates.

March 2014

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke about America's First Grandmother, Marian Robinson, in a Washington Post article on March 31. Robinson, who generally stays out of the spotlight, was front and center throughout Michelle Obama's recent trip to China.

Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, was on NPR on March 31 to discuss whether women who play sports competitively have greater career political ambitions.

Howard McCurdy, professor of public affairs, was quoted in a March 22 AFP article and interviewed by NPR's "Here and Now" on March 28 concerning U.S.-Russian bilateral relations on the ground and the effect on cooperation between astronauts on the International Space Station.

The difficulties faced by female Republican candidates along with the importance of Condoleeza Rice's leadership at GOP campaign events were two topics discussed by Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, in a pair of USA Today and Boston Globe articles on March 26.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, spoke with the Fiscal Times on March 26 about the executive branch's unilateral actions against Russia and the need for a more assertive Congress.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, wrote an op-ed for the George W. Bush Institute about the Rising Afghan Women Leaders Initiative, a workshop offered in Doha, Qatar that promotes leadership development for women.

On March 23, the Washington Post wrote about a conference on U.S. and EU lobbying reform organized by James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, was quoted in a Stamford Advocate article on March 22 about the heavy influence of lobbyists in large Connecticut industries.

In an op-ed for Slate's The Root, Julian Bond, professor of government, discussed the importance of protecting the advances of civil rights in the past 50 years to safeguard voting laws. The Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, and Sun Sentinel republished the piece.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote an op-ed on March 21 for Yahoo News and the National Constitution Center regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and President Obama's response to it.

Ambassador in Residence Connie Morella was interviewed by McClatchy on March 18. She commented on why some former members of Congress are running again after a hiatus. The article has been syndicated to over a dozen outlets, including the Miami Herald.

A Reuters article on March 16 included expert analysis from Anita McBride, executive in residence, regarding First Lady Michelle Obama's upcoming trip to China. Her analysis on this topic was also included in articles by CBS, the Associated Press, the New York Times and interviews with NPR's "Here and Now," MSNBC and NBC's "Today."

In a Washington Post article on March 10, Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, explained that policy and party ultimately trump any special bipartisanship among female U.S. senators in passing legislation.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to the Washington Post on March 9 about Michelle Obama's upcoming trip to China noting that the First Lady is seizing the opportunity to educate young people rather than address controversial foreign policy issues.

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies co-hosted a conference on March 7 titled "The Republicans' Latino Problem and How it Can Be Fixed." Watch C-SPAN coverage of panel 1 and panel 2. Bloomberg News also quoted several conference presenters in a story on March 10.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote an op-ed for Constitution Daily’s blog on March 6 about presidential power under the Obama administration.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, was interviewed by NPR on March 2 about the political theater associated with presidential budget proposals.

February 2014

Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, spoke to Time on February 27 about Republican efforts to support more female congressional candidates.

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, spoke to CNBC on February 27 about how immigrant communities after a few generations assimilate to U.S. culture.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was interviewed for a story in Politico on February 27 about First Lady Michelle Obama's more active role in helping to shape policy.

USA Today spoke to government professor Julian Bond on February 26 about President Obama’s cautiousness in elevating race and civil rights issues until his second term. More than 30 outlets republished the article.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, was quoted in an article on presidential influence in Congress, "Obama's Icy Relationship with Congress: Can It Ever Thaw?," in the Christian Science Monitor on February 24.

The research of Professors Taryn Morrissey and Alison Jacknowitz and doctoral student Katie Vinopal on the link between the high price of produce and young children's weight appeared in a United Press International blog, Science Codex and Medical News Today on February 20.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, was quoted in the article, "Where Have All the Lobbyists Gone?" in the March 10-17 edition of The Nation.

Professor Thurber responds: "Note that I am quoted, really misquoted, with the number of "lobbyists" as 100,000. I said the number of people in the "advocacy industry" (not federal registered lobbyists) trying to influence the U.S. federal government as 100,000. I have a broad definition. Anyone trying to influence public policy and is paid for it should be considered a lobbyist/advocate. I said that includes federal registered lobbyists, grassroots, top roots, paid and earned advertising experts (and producers of ads), advocacy think tanks, strategists (like Tom Daschle), opposition research, policy experts, pollsters doing issue campaigns, coalitions organizers and managers, social media (Internet apps.), and all support staff. I stand by the number. If you include all of the advocates in the U.S. executive branch, that number goes higher. By the way, Tom Boggs (of Patton and Boggs) agrees with me."

Patrick Griffin, adjunct professorial lecturer of government, spoke to the Washington Post on February 17 about the impact on lobbyists of several powerful members of Congress retiring this year.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, took part in the closing episode of C-SPAN’s year-long series on the history of First Ladies on February 17.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, appeared in a February 12 story in U.S. News & World Report about the legacies of Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.

Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, discussed her research on young people's lack of interest in running for elected office in a story syndicated by Sinclair TV on February 12.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote the following blog post "The State of the Union Address and President Obama’s Executive Orders: The Real Concern is National Security, Not Domestic Policy Measures” on February 11 for “Political Insight.”

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was interviewed by CBS Minnesota on February 11 for a story about the high cost of state dinners.

Joe Young, assistant professor of justice, law and criminology, spoke with the Washington Post’s Express on February 10 about graduate programs focused on homeland security.

James Thurber, distinguished professor of government, was interviewed by USA Today on February 8 about Congressman Tom Petri’s conflict of interest in supporting contracts for a company in which he holds stock shares.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with the New York Times, CBS News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, the LA Times and CNN on about the upcoming state dinner with French President François Hollande.

Research by Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, was cited in a February 5 Politico.com story about Sandra Fluke deciding not to seek office.

Bloomberg News quoted Anita McBride, executive in residence, in a February 5 article about French President François Hollande's upcoming state visit to the United States.

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project at SPA, discussed the recent CBO report on the Affordable Care Act on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” February 5.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, took part in a panel discussion on presidential emergency powers at the National Constitution Center on February 4, which was recorded by C-SPAN and posted to YouTube.

James Thurber, distinguished professor of government, is quoted in a February 2 LA Times story on President Obama's use of "soft power" after the State of the Union.

January 2014

Assistant Professor Chris Edelson is quoted on executive action in a January 31 story in the Los Angeles Times.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with CBS on January 31 about the future role of the First Lady.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, published "Relaxing the EU’s Common Position on Cuba Would Allow Europe to Play a More Active Role in Shaping the Country’s Development" in the London School of Economics and Political Science blog on January 28.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with ABC News on January 28 about the First Lady's guest selection process for the State of the Union address.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, was interviewed on January 28 by EbruNews and WNEW radio regarding President Obama’s State of the Union and presidential executive orders.

Distinguished Professor James Thurber spoke to Al Jazeera America online on January 28 about whether the State of the Union impacts policy.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote a post for the National Constitution Center's “Constitution Daily” blog on January 22 about his new book.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, was interviewed January 22 about "The Growing Power of the Presidency: From Lincoln to Obama, the Executive Branch Has Expanded its Reach" on Reason TV.

Ambassador in Residence Connie Morella spoke to U.S. News & World Report on January 21 about the greater scrutiny female politicians face concerning their home life compared to their male colleagues.

Distinguished Adjunct Professor Julian Bond spoke to WTOP Radio on January 20 about the lack of civil rights history knowledge among young Americans.

Professor Jennifer Lawless was interviewed for the cover story of the Christian Science Monitor on January 19 about a story on Janet Yellen's appointment as chair of the Federal Reserve.

Distinguished Professor James Thurber spoke to the Associated Press on January 17 about the necessity of Congressional Republicans and Democrats to repair their public images. More than 85 outlets republished this story, including the Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle.

Executive in Resident Anita McBride was quoted in a number of stories about Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday celebrations: in the Washington Post on January 15 and January 17 and she spoke with the Associated Press on January 16. She was also interviewed for a story in The Hill on January 15 about the upcoming state visit of French President François Hollande.

Ambassador in Residence Constance Morella spoke to ABC News for a story on January 16 about the various opportunities open to retiring members of Congress.

Executive in Residence Anita McBride talked with NBC’s Today Online on January 14 about why Michelle Obama can become more active on issues during a second presidential term.

The Economist cited Professor Jan Leighley’s research on voting patterns for a story on January 11. In a follow-up Economist podcast, Leighley talks about her new book on the same topic.

C-SPAN covered Third Way’s Matt Bennett, who spoke to SPA’s Public Affairs & Advocacy Institute class about the changing role of think-tanks in the advocacy process. The class re-aired on C-SPAN and C-SPAN 3.

Ambassador in Residence Constance Morella spoke to the Arizona Republic on January 6 about the first session of the 113th Congress coming to a close.

Executive in Residence Anita McBride was interviewed January 6 on "CBS This Morning" about preparations for First Lady Michele Obama's 50th birthday.

Ron Elving, senior Washington editor for NPR News, discussed how the media has covered lobbying as a guest of SPA's Public Affairs Advocacy Institute. You can view the video on c-span.org.

Professor Jennifer Lawless appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal on January 3 to discuss why young people, especially women, are not interested in running for elected office.

Eric Rodriguez, National Council of La Raza, and Jack Martin, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), discussed immigration policy as guests of the Public Affairs Advocacy Institute. You can view the video on c-span.org.

Charlie Cook, a political analyst who specializes in election forecasts and political trends, discussed congressional midterm elections this fall as a guest of SPA's Campaign Management Institute. You can view the video on c-span.org.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, appeared on C-Span on January 2 to discuss his book Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of the Constitution to the War on Terror. He also published the article, "Book Club: A Stronger Presidency Is Not The Solution," in Talking Points Memo on January 2.