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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, talked to USA Today on March 25 about Republican attempts to attach abortion language to unrelated bills in Congress.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, provided analysis for the Washington Post on March 23 for an article detailing the successes and failures of President Obama's promise to curb the influence of lobbyists.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with USA Today on March 19 about powerful campaign theme shaping up around Hillary Clinton - a chance to elect the first woman president.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke with the New York Times on March 19 about the lobbying strategy Senator Mitch McConnell is taking to combat President Obama's climate change policy.

Patrick Griffin, academic director of SPA's Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, spoke with Breitbart on March 7 about the monetary influence Silicon Valley will have on the 2016 elections.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with the Washington Post on March 10 about the possible repercussions Hillary Clinton will face in light of the email scandal.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke with PolitiFact for a pair of articles fact-checking Speaker of the House John Boehner. The first article analyzed the Speaker's comments on immigration, while the second focused on his case against Obamacare.

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with the Atlantic on March 2 about the effects Barbara Mikulski's retirement will have on the Senate.

Research provided by Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, was cited by the Daily Kos on March 3 in an article thanking Senator Mikulski for her service, but also detailing Congress' continuing gender gap.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, spoke with U.S. News and World Report on January 23 about the hidden agendas and values that can be found by looking closer at the veto threats issued by President Obama.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, spoke with the Tampa Bay Times on January 15 about the politics behind U.S. Representative Rich Nugent's heavy criticism of John Boehner.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal on December 10 breaking down the levels of confidence in police among different races and urban communities.

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal on December 10 breaking down the levels of confidence in police among different races and urban communities.

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.

Distinguished Professor James Thurber was interviewed December 20 on NPR’s "Weekend Edition," where he highlighted the uptick in executive branch lobbying.

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.

Associate Director of CCPS Patrick Griffin was quoted in the Tampa Tribune's "Politifact" on December 19 about Paul Ryan's recent assertion on the budget as being the first since 1986.

Director of the American Communities Project Dante Chinni discussed income disparities across the U.S. on WNYC's "The Takeaway" on December 18.

Distinguished Professor James Thurber spoke to Al Jazeera online on November 26 about growing frustration with government failures in the United States.

Distinguished Professor James Thurber was quoted in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on November 8, 2013.