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Jessica Waters, assistant dean of the School of Public Affairs, appeared on Hearst TV and WUSA9 on June 30 to discuss the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision expected today. Hearst owns more than 20 affiliates around the country.
With Elle magazine on June 23, Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke about media descriptions of Hillary Clinton as reflective of the overall characterization of the Clintons since their arrival in Washington.
Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, outlined in the U.S. News & World Report on June 20 why President Obama needs to base any decision to act in Iraq on something other than the 2002 AUMF.
Edward Maguire, professor of justice, law, and criminology, was interviewed by the international newspaper, Trinidad Express, on June 19 regarding his expertise and advise on protecting children from the dangers of gang violence.
James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor on June 19 regarding the changes in Republican House leadership and the role of the party whip.
Robert Tobias, director of the Key Executive Leadership Program, appeared on the radio program "In Depth" on June 16 to discuss how federal government agencies are dealing with the unsustainable consequences of federal budget cuts.
James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke with a Gannett Company affiliate on June 14 about the lobbying industry's growth and the need to fix legal loopholes for lobbyists.
Anita McBride, executive in residence, was quoted in a Huffington Post article on June 13 arguing that the recent staff upheaval in the Obama White House is common for second-term presidents in the final two years.
Robert Tobias, director of the Key Executive Leadership Program, contributed an article for The Hill on June 13 entitled, "Elect Me!", which criticizes political candidates for failing to deliver campaign promises of fiscal responsibility.
Andy MacCracken, SPA/BA '11 and MPA '14, who introduced President Obama on June 9 ahead of remarks about executive actions supporting student loan borrowers, was interviewed by International Business Times on June 10 regarding the need for student loan relief.
Joe Young, assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology, was quoted in an NBC News online article on June 9 regarding the upcoming Blackwater trial that dates back to a 2007 firefight in Baghdad.
Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, contributed an article for The Hill on June 9 arguing that the Obama administration has failed to provide evidence that the prisoner swap for Bowe Bergdahl fell under the purview of executive power.
James Thurber, director of the Center of Congressional and Presidential Studies, told NPR reporter Frank James in a June 6 article that the Obama administration's communications strategy surrounding the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has led to a political firestorm.
Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote an article for Reason magazine on June 3 calling Sen. Rand Paul's opposition against the targeted killing of U.S. citizens a spirited defense of Constitutional principles.
Anita McBride, executive in residence, was quoted by the Associated Press on June 2 in an article detailing the expenses surrounding Michelle Obama's wardrobe and how many of the designer clothes are paid for.
Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote an op-ed for The Hill on June 2 explaining the constitutional ramifications of unchecked presidential power and how the debate is shaping the 2016 presidential election.
Howard McCurdy, professor of public affairs, spoke with the Associated Press on June 1 about NASA's latest project to build a ship capable of landing on Mars. More than 280 outlets republished the article, including the Christian Science Monitor, Fresno Bee, and San Francisco Chronicle.
Richard Benedetto, professor of government, wrote an op-ed for The Hill on May 30 detailing the difficult task democrats will have in the 2014 midterm elections as a result of President Obama's low approval ratings.
Robert Tobias, director of the Key Executive Leadership Program, spoke with Francis Rose on "In Depth" on May 29 about the approaching Congressional budget deadline, suggesting that agencies begin planning now.
Richard Benedetto, professor of government, provided commentary for Canadian TV News on May 29 about the lack of military engagement under President Obama.
James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, told Business Week on May 29 that Elon Musk should use caution as he confronts the military regarding SpaceX's continued expansion.
Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, wrote an article for Politico on May 29 entitled, "The Politics of the Silver Line," which discusses shifting demographics and political consequences of the opening mass-transit line.
In a Hearst Television interview, Anita McBride, executive in residence, discussed First Lady Michelle Obama’s entering the legislative policy argument over school meal nutrition rules with House Republicans.
Barbara Romzek, dean of the School of Public Affairs, has published the article, "The Veterans Administration Scandal Reflects the Tangled Web of Accountability in U.S. Government," in the London School of Economics and Political Science blog on American politics and policy.
Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with The Hill on May 27 regarding past praise for Hillary Clinton from the GOP and how that could positively affect her decision to run for president in 2016.
James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke with the Los Angeles Times on May 17 about President Obama's narrow approach to campaigning for Democrats in 2014.
Following Russia’s threat to quit International Space Station cooperation by 2020, Howard McCurdy, professor of public affairs, explained to Gannett News Service that Russia would suffer financial and prestige consequences disproportionately from its partners.
A Forbes op-ed from May 15 reviewed the work of Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, whose study, conducted with Loyola Marymount's Richard Fox, found a continuing gender gap in political ambition.
A recent Dartmouth study suggesting a link between electoral success and attractiveness drew critique from many, including Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, who spoke with Time on May 15 about the study.
Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, told the Washington Times on May 14 that Hillary Clinton brings decades of experience to a potential presidential run, but also plenty of electoral predispositions.
Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, spoke to CNN.com on May 14 about the importance of having all the women in the House and Senate come together against the recent Boko Haram atrocities in Nigeria.
Richard Benedetto, professor of government, wrote an op-ed for USA Today on May 8 calling out the Democrats' refusal to question President Obama about what he knew and when about the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.
Jordanians are getting married later in life and this is presenting consequences, negative and positive. Diane Singerman, professor of government, spoke with Al-Jazeera on May 2 about some of those consequences.
Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, co-wrote a front-page article for the Wall Street Journal on April 30 about the impact changing demographics of suburban areas will have on future presidential races.
Cook County in Illinois is being criticized for passing a healthcare contract onto one bidder for a new Medicaid program. Jocelyn Johnston, professor of public administration, and policy, was interviewed for a story in Crain's Chicago Business about this managed care problem on April 28.
Dan Fiorino, director of the Center for Environmental Policy, told Examiner that President Obama’s nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the EPA illustrates the president’s drive “to take serious action on climate change.”
Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, talked to the Fiscal Times about Congress not exercising its authority over foreign policy resulting in the President making decisions that Congress scrutinizes.
With the Baltimore Sun on April 19, David Lublin, professor of government, talked about the Maryland State Senate race between Melony Griffith and Ulysses S. Currie, where Griffith has shied away from bringing up allegations of bribery and extortion that her opponent is facing.
Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, spoke with MSNBC.com in an article about female politicians running for lower level seats in Kentucky and the recent plateau women have hit in state legislatures.
Jennifer Lawless, professor of government, spoke to USA Today on April 18 about Chelsea Clinton's announcement that she's pregnant and what influence this may have on Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions.
In an Associated Press piece about President Obama traveling to Asia without First Lady Michelle Obama, Anita McBride, executive in residence, discussed the benefits of first ladies accompanying U.S. presidents on international trips by providing a different type of diplomacy. More than 160 outlets republished this story, including Houston Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and Sacramento Bee.
Robert Tobias, director of the Key Executive Leadership Program, appeared on Federal News Radio's "In Depth with Francis Rose" on April 16 to discuss new research suggesting that a four-tiered Senior Executive Service classification system could help structure job advancement for SES members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Jan Leighley's book, Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States, was featured on January 4 in the Washington Post column, "What Voter Turnout Means for Efforts to Remedy Income Inequality."
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.