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Articles about events and initiatives at the Center for the Political Future and Unruh Institute, as well as contributions from our team to significant publications in California and beyond.

Climate change and political experts gathered on April 4 at USC to find ways to identify and overcome barriers to finding solutions to climate change at the “Climate Forward: Navigating the Politics of Climate Change” conference. (Photo: Maurice Roper.)

USC Dornsife News - The truth about climate change: It’s bipartisan

Republican and Democratic leaders met at the Climate Forward conference on April 4 and agreed that climate change requires urgent action. By Emily Gersema

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the importance of voting in the 2020 election at the “Climate Forward: Navigating the Politics of Climate Change” conference Thursday. (Val Taranto/Daily Trojan)

Daily Trojan - John Kerry delivers address for 2019 climate conference

Former Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the Paris Climate Agreement, the key elements to negate the consequences of climate change and his optimism for the future Thursday at Bovard Auditorium. By Shaylee Navarro

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Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he intends to get voters to hold President Trump and other politicians accountable in 2020 for their inaction on climate change. (Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images)

LA Times - John Kerry is on a mission to hold Trump accountable on climate change

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, the man who negotiated and signed the landmark Paris climate accord on behalf of the United States, is working on a new initiative that will seek to punish President Trump and other politicians for failing to combat climate change.

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Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry delivers the keynote address during USC Dornsife’s Climate Forward conference on April 4.

USC Dornsife News - John Kerry calls climate change a ‘bipartisan’ issue, urges action

Kerry, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, was the keynote speaker at a daylong conference with USC Dornsife and Price School where former elected officials from both parties as well as key business leaders discussed solutions to slow climate change. By Emily Gersema

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USC Dornsife Unruh Institute for Politics hosts the Young Women’s Leadership Conference every year to help teenage girls from diverse communities envision themselves in leadership roles and guide them on a path to public service or leadership positions in businesses and nonprofit organizations. (Composite: Letty Avila. Image Source: iStock.)

USC Dornsife News - Annual USC Dornsife program fosters a new generation of women leaders

An annual conference for teenage girls and young women at USC Dornsife’s Unruh Institute for Politics has put several women on a path to leadership. By Emily Gersema

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U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III addresses USC faculty and students as part of an event co-sponsored by the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future. (Photo: Olivia Mowry.)

USC Dornsife News - Rep. Joe Kennedy III addresses wealth inequality, climate change

In a conversation with Robert Shrum of USC Dornsife’s Center for the Political Future, the Massachusetts Democrat noted the importance of young voters in the coming presidential election. By Katie LaMattina

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President Trump gestures to California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom as Governor Jerry Brown stands by, at the scene of forest fires in Paradise, California, in November 2018.EVAN VUCCI / ASSOCIATED PRESS

California Is at War With the Trump White House

Governor Gavin Newsom called President Trump’s border wall and immigrant bashing “a national disgrace.” By Todd S. Purdum

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President Trump gestures to California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom as Governor Jerry Brown stands by, at the scene of forest fires in Paradise, California, in November 2018.

The Atlantic - California Is at War With the Trump White House

LOS ANGELES—From the moment Donald Trump took office, California has been ground zero for the resistance against him and his administration, in terms of both grassroots citizen activism and legal and administrative action by its Democratic-dominated state government.

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Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., greets students at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

AP News - Expanding the map: 2020 Dems push past early voting states

The sprawling field of Democratic presidential hopefuls is on the move — to places other than the traditional early voting states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. By NICHOLAS RICCARDI

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom receives applause after delivering his first State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

LA Times - Newsom can thank Trump for saving him from his high-speed rail flub

Gov. Gavin Newsom tripped on high-speed rail and fell flat. Then President Trump rode to the rescue and picked him up. By George Skelton

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