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Scholars at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies are often called upon by the media to offer their expert analysis of current public policy options. Below are links to stories in which CCPS scholars were asked to offer their analysis and opinion on various subjects.

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2014

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with The Daily Beast on September 16 about the heavy impact of women in the fundraising cycle for the 2014 elections. "The notion that women don't like to raise money is a myth," she said.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with Mother Jones on September 15 about the US Chamber of Commerce's unusual decision to endorse some Democratic nominees for the midterm. The reason: They are running against tea-party candidates.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, appeared on "The Diane Rehm Show" on September 11 for a broadcast on the challenges facing the Obama administration in light of the growth of the militant group ISIS.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, made an appearance on "Marketplace" on September 8 to explain why Congress is likely to pass a continuing resolution heading into the midterm elections.

Analysis conducted by the Women & Politics Institute and its director, Jennifer Lawless, provided information for an article in New York Times section, "The Upshot". The article focused on Sen. John McCain's frequent media appearances, notably on Sunday talk shows.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, and her research on the gender gap in political ambition were highlighted in an article in The New Yorker on August 29 that described the sexism inhabiting politics.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to The Washington Post on September 9 for an article about former First Lady, Laura Bush, and the legacy she has built for herself and President Bush since leaving office.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, took a preview tour of the revamped White House visitor center, set to open this Saturday, September 14. Details about the brand new attraction were provided by The Hill on September 9.

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, made a guest appearance on "The Diane Rehm Show" on August 28 for a segment highlighting the challenge of finding affordable housing.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with The Washington Times on August 25 about her research in the political ambition gender gap, arguing "concrete steps need to be taken" to close that gap.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, was interviewed for The Washington Post feature section, "She the People." She discussed her recent research, debunking common myths on why women don't seek political office.

Patrick Griffin, associate director of CCPS, spoke with Fox News on August 15 about the race to find a new Democratic Senate candidate in Montana.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with The Atlantic on August 13 for an article detailing the role of U.S. Treasurer, a civic office chaired only by women for the past six decades.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, was interviewed by the New York Times on August 12 regarding her research studying the gender dynamics of running for governmental office.

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, made a guest appearance on The Takeaway on July 29 to illustrate the difficult path some Republicans have due to the deeply divided electorate.

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal on July 24 detailing the domestic effects that will be felt as a result of the Central American child migrant surge.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with Huffington Post on July 22 about the hidden reasons why women remain underrepresented in the political arena.

A July 10 article from Wall St. Cheat Sheet about the need for more female members in Congress cited a 2010 analysis conducted by Richard Fox and the Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with the Washington Times on July 8 in an article about Hillary Clinton's need to distance herself from her predecessors policies as the presidential election of 2016 approaches.

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, made a guest appearance on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown" on July 2 to speak about the electoral implications highlighted in his research.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke to the Washington Post on July 7 in an article detailing technological anachronisms in the White House.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, talked with CBS News on July 3 about Malia Obama, the president's eldest daughter, who is celebrating her sixteenth birthday on the Fourth of July.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, talked with CBS News on July 3 about Malia Obama, the president's eldest daughter, who is celebrating her sixteenth birthday on the Fourth of July.

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.

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.

James Thurber, director of the Center of Congressional and Presidential Studies, appeared on Associated Press TV twice on June 19 to explain the President Obama's foreign policy woes along with the administration's lack of options following the ongoing Iraqi crisis.

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.

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.

Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with the Chicago Tribune on May 30 about Sasha and Malia Obama's growth since entering the White House in 2008.

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.

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.

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, appeared on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown" with Chuck Todd on May 29 to discuss urbanizing suburbs, especially near Philadelphia.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to Bloomberg News on May 22 about Elon Musk's aggressive advocacy style for his company SpaceX in Washington.

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.

Seth Masket, a participant in CCPS’s recent “Conference on Polarization,” wrote a piece for Pacific Standard on May 12 discussing the conference’s lessons and continuing questions.

SPA's Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute (PAAI) was mentioned in a May 7 Politico article focused on the lobbying industry's attempts to bolster its public image.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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, spoke with CBS on January 31 about the future role of the First Lady.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.