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February 2015

William LeoGrande, professor of government, wrote an article for Foreign Policy on February 25 arguing that critics of President Obama's deal with Cuba are using the same tired rhetoric and logic to make their case.

Thomas Zeitzoff, assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology, co-authored an op-ed for Washington Post's "Monkey Cage" examining the use of social media as a “liberation technology” for learning important information about foreign policy issues.

Patrick Griffin, academic director of the Public Affairs & Advocacy Institute, spoke with the LA Times on February 24 about the politics behind President Obama's veto of the Keystone Pipeline bill.

Elizabeth Suhay, assistant professor of government, wrote an article for the Washington Post's "Monkey Cage" on February 23 introducing her work as co-editor of special science and politics issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

James Thurber, director of the Center of Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to the New York Times about President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, saying that this is a period where President Obama will use his veto to “protect his past record.”

Michael McCarthy, research fellow for the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke to the International Business Times on February 21 about the Venezuelan government’s arrest of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma.

Patrick Griffin, academic director of SPA's Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, spoke with McClatchy DC on February 18 about the wealth of foreign donations received by the Clinton Foundation and how that money may affect Hillary Clinton's potential White House run.

David Lublin, professor of government, wrote an article for the Washington Post's "Monkey Cage" on February 18 about how to make the relationship between Scotland and the UK better following last September's failed Scottish independence referendum.

Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, spoke with How We Get To Next on February 17 about the lessons in tech startups and innovation that are coming from low-income neighborhoods like Harlem, NY.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, spoke with Turkey's Anadolu Agency on February 12 about President Obama's war power request to wage a military campaign against ISIS.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to the Wall Street Journal about Hillary Clinton’s role at the Clinton Foundation and whether foreign donations to the Foundation present liabilities for presidential run.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, spoke with Sputnik News on February 12 about the powers the Republican Congress offers President Obama in the national security arena.

Hector Silva Avilas, research scholar for the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, commented for the Christian Science Monitor on the importance of the Catholic Church in working with local gangs in El Salvador to reach non-violent solutions.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote a post for the American Constitution Society blog on February 9 critiquing the GOP's inconsistent stand on abortion.

Betsy Fischer Martin, executive in residence, was featured in the Washington Post section "Reliable Source" for an article highlighting her role as an impactful leader for women in and around Washington, DC.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, spoke with USA Today on February 9 about Netflix's expansion to Cuba, a move that fits into the company's global ambitions and symbolizes the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba.

Jon Gould, professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke with The Crime Report for an article uncovering the mass of wrongful convictions for lesser crimes that miss the headlines.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, was interviewed for Ford's Theater blog on February 3. Following a performance of The Widow Lincoln, McBride discussed the evolving role of the First Lady for the "Ask an Expert" series.

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, wrote an article for NBC News on February 4 about the broad political spectrum of states that offer vaccine exemptions. 

Antoine Yoshinaka, assistant professor of government, appeared on Hofstra University's WRHU in New York to discuss the 2016 GOP field of presidential candidates. He discussed and analyzed the frontrunners and reach candidates for the nomination.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, co-wrote an article with Danny Hayes, professor of political science, for Brookings on February 3 about the consequences of diminished local news sources.

Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, spoke to Governing on February 1 about a recent report suggesting that low-income residents are leaving the Washington, DC at higher rates than wealthy residents.

January 2015

William LeoGrande, professor of government, discussed poor U.S. government efforts to track Cuban criminal fugitives for a January 31 Sun-Sentinel article.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke to the Epoch Times on January 30 about immigration and Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential run.

Patrick Griffin, academic director of SPA's Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, commented on the new Republican majority Senate in a January 30 story for McClatchy DC.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, wrote an editorial piece for Newsweek on January 30 about what remains to be accomplished for the U.S. and Cuba to fully normalize relations.

Taryn Morrissey, professor of public administration and policy, was quoted in a January 29 Christian Science Monitor story about child poverty.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to the New York Times about the White House process for determining appropriate First Lady attire for official trips abroad.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, appeared on MSNBC on January 28 to discuss the bipartisan bill introduced in Congress that is seeking to end the travel ban to Cuba.

The Atlantic cited research on the affect local news has on politically engaged citizens by Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, in a January 27 article.

Robert Tobias, distinguished practitioner in residence, wrote an article for Government Executive on January 28 arguing that executive core qualifications are not sufficient in building successful federal sector management positions.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, joined CBS News on January 27 to discuss Michelle Obama's decision not to wear a headscarf while visiting Saudi Arabia for the funeral of King Abdullah. McBride's interview was also mentioned in an LA Times article on January 28.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, was interviewed on CCTV-America on January 23 for a segment discussing the new ties between the U.S. and Cuba following the rapprochement in December 2014.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote an article for Talking Points Memo on January 22 explaining why the question "How do we save Roe v. Wade?" is the wrong one to ask.

Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, spoke to The Washington Post on January 23 about Arlington's booming population of students, causing conflicts among housing services and parks.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, spoke to the Orlando Sun Sentinel on January 21 about Cuba “harboring scores of criminals wanted in the United States.”

Brad Bartholomew, professorial lecturer of justice, law, and criminology, was featured in a recent study on WalletHub examining American cities' best and worst return on investment on police spending.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke with the Associated Press for a pair of syndicated articles. The first article analyzed President Obama's active politics since the devastating defeat in November's elections; the second investigated the president's veto threats.

Paul Irving, SPA/BS ’79, introduced President Obama at the State of the Union while serving in his role as the U.S. House of Representatives' Sergeant at Arms. This was the fourth time Irving announced the president's entrance for the annual speech.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with Politico on January 21 about Political Parity's recent report indicating that women in the Republican party face a difficult path toward election in the primary process.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, talked with The Washington Post on January 20 about President Obama's legacy and the policies that he will push during the last two years of his presidency.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with the Washington Times on January 19 about the decision-making process behind inviting guests to the State of the Union address.

El Pregonero wrote about the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies' annual public affairs forum. The article, which is available in Spanish, highlighted the importance of immigration issues with voters leading up to the next elections.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, and Richard Fox provided the data for a Washington Post article on January 19 analyzing the gender gap in political ambition, which starts in people as young as 18.

Jocelyn Johnston, associate professor of public administration and policy, discussed recent progressive policy changes with McClatchy DC on January 18. Many Democratic-dominated cities are pushing ahead in the face of Republican dominated state legislatures. 

Antoine Yoshinaka, assistant professor of government, told Agence France-Presse in a syndicated article on January 16 that the 2016 Republican presidential field remains wide open.

Jocelyn Johnston, associate professor of public administration and policy, and Daniel Fiorino, director of the Center for Environmental Policy, each spoke with the Pew Charitable Trust's "Stateline" for an article analyzing the progressive push being taken by American cities, even in states with primarily Republican leadership.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke with the Tampa Bay Times on January 15 about the politics behind U.S. Representative Rich Nugent's heavy criticism of John Boehner.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with the New York Post about Malia Obama's influence on fashion trends and music tastes, despite the heavy security and zone of privacy surrounding her.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, discussed the life and work of Robert E. White for a Washington Post obituary for the former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador who was removed from his position for his outspoken criticism of U.S. policy.

Alumni from the Key Executive Leadership Program provided insight and lessons on leadership for a blog post published on January 15 by the Association of Talent Development.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, spoke with Agence France-Presse for a syndicated article on January 15 that detailed the easing of trade restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, talked to China's Voice of America on January 14 about dual-edged ethics and morality of lobbying, and the need for lobbying regulation. The article is available here in Chinese.

Robert Tobias, distinguished practitioner in residence, spoke with Francis Rose on "In Depth" on January 12 about training available for new members of Congress.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with Bloomberg News on January 12 about the lack of women chairing Congressional House committees. Candice Miller is the sole woman heading a committee.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, appeared on CBS Radio Boston on January 12 to discuss the White House's miscalculation in not sending a high profile U.S. representative to the unity march in Paris.

Research compiled by Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, was presented in a McClatchy News article on January 10 introducing the new new chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Jessica Waters, associate dean of the School of Public Affairs, spoke with the Washington Lawyer for a DC Bar article questioning the survivability of the four-decade old Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

On January 9, C-SPAN covered presentations from the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies' (CCPS) biannual Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute (PAAI). James Thurber, director of CCPS, Neil Kerwin, president of American University, and Joseph Sandler, former general counsel of the Democratic National Committee, all spoke at PAAI.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, joined a panel on the PBS Newshour on January 8 to discuss divided government and whether President Obama and the Republican Congress can govern together.

Gail Baitinger, Ph.D. candidate in the department of government, wrote an article for the Washington Post questioning the dearth of women on Sunday morning talk shows. In her analysis, Baitinger utilized research from Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute.

Joseph Young, assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke with Sputnik International on January 8 about rising concerns among European experts that extremism and terrorist attacks may continue following the Paris attacks.

A panel on Congressional-White House relations led by Patrick Griffin, academic director of SPA's Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, aired on C-SPAN January 5.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with Politico for a special report and an article analyzing the expected impact of the newly elected women to Congress.

Andrew Borene, professorial lecturer of justice, law, criminology, spoke with The Hill on January 4 about the effect that the Sony hacking scandal will have on cybersecurity law in 2015.

Julian Bond, distinguished professor of government, will deliver the keynote speech at the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture, to be held on January 14.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, provided analysis for a syndicated article about the gender politics surrounding Hillary Clinton as she possibly prepares for a 2016 presidential run.

David Lublin, professor of government, provided political analysis for Red Alert Politics on January 2 for an article about the politics of gun ownership in Maryland.

William LeoGrande, professor of government, provided commentary and analysis on the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba for media outlets including the Huffington Post, Miami Herald, and the Los Angeles Times.

Carlos Vera, SPA/BA ’15 and SPA/MPA ’16, was featured in Hesperia, CA's local newspaper where he shared his experiences at SPA, including serving as an intern at the White House.

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