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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.

Sen. Kamala Harris endorsed then-Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in the California governor’s race in an appearance at USC’s Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Feb. 16, 2018. (Source: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

Los Angeles Times - With Kamala Harris as VP pick, Gavin Newsom’s White House hopes have stalled

For the Los Angeles Times, Center Director Bob Shrum commented on how Senator Kamala Harris would likely become the Democratic presidential candidate for 2024 or 2028 if Joe Biden and Harris win the White House in 2020, therefore diminishing Governor Gavin Newsom's chances for a run.

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Plans for both the Democratic and Republican conventions have changed significantly amid the pandemic. (Source: Photo/iStock)

USC News - Political conventions take an unconventional turn thanks to COVID-19

For USC News, Center Director Bob Shrum commented on what the Democratic and Republican national conventions will look like due to the pandemic and made some predictions on how each party and the voters will proceed.

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Center Director Bob Shrum joined Areva Martin on "The Special Report" via Facebook Live. (Source: Areva Martin, The Special Report)

The Special Report - Voter Suppression and the 2020 Election

Center Director Bob Shrum joined Areva Martin on "The Special Report" to discuss the 2020 presidential election, including the choice of Senator Kamala Harris as the Democratic nominee for vice president and voter suppression.

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Democrats hope that the selection of Senator Kamala Harris will attract moderates and Black voters in swing states. (Credit: Daniel Acker, The New York Times)

The New York Times - The Kamala Harris Pick: Geographic Balance Takes Back Seat to Gender, Race

For The New York Times, Center Director Bob Shrum commented on how the choice of Senator Kamala Harris as the Democratic nominee for vice president should address one of the reasons Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump so narrowly in 2016.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and then-candidate Sen. Kamala Harris shake hands after a Sept. 12, 2019 primary debate. On Tuesday (August 11, 2020), Mr. Biden selected Senator Harris as his running mate. (Source: AP/The Christian Science Monitor)

The Christian Science Monitor - ‘A fearless fighter’: Biden taps Kamala Harris for VP

For The Christian Science Monitor, Center Director Bob Shrum commented on the historic presidential ticket and what California Senator Kamala Harris brings as Joe Biden's running mate.

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Political science major Isabella O’Brien has been working on ways to counter the impact of climate change on our oceans since she was in middle school. (Photo courtesy: Isabella O'Brien)

USC Dornsife News - Shells could save our seas, says USC Dornsife undergraduate

In this USC Dornsife News profile, Isabella O’Brien, a political science major and CPF student, shared her impressive story of what she's doing to combat climate change and how government policy can help. She mentioned how CPF's Cerrell Political Leadership Summit gave her an inside look at United States politics.

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Center Director Bob Shrum joined NBC Los Angeles's Conan Nolan on "NewsConference" to discuss Biden's vice president short list. (Source: NBC Los Angeles)

NBC Los Angeles - NewsConference: Californians on VP Short List

Center Director Bob Shrum joined NBC4’s Conan Nolan on an episode of "NewsConference" to comment on the two Californians, Congresswoman Karen Bass and Senator Kamala Harris, being considered as potential running mates for Joe Biden.

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Statements from the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future

A Message to the CPF Community

Messages from the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future (CPF) regarding diversity and inclusion, including the CPF Action Plan for greater diversity, inclusivity, and the respectful exchange of ideas. Also posted is a message from CPF and a letter from CPF Director Bob Shrum and Co-Director Mike Murphy regarding George Floyd and our next steps for moving forward together. Statements from USC Dornsife Dean Amber Miller and USC President Carol L. Folt are linked, as well as resources for students and the USC community.

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The Bulwark - The Case for Not Burning It All Down

Center Co-Director Mike Murphy wrote an article for The Bulwark commenting on the debate in the Never Trump Republican group about whether or not to burn and abandon the GOP as it currently stands.

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Center Director Bob Shrum and Co-Director Mike Murphy on an episode of "The Issue Is" with Elex Michaelson. (Source: Fox 11 Los Angeles)

Fox 11 Los Angeles - The Issue Is: Talking VP picks and COVID-19 with Rep. Karen Bass, Mayor Garcia, Bob Shrum, and Mike Murphy

Center Director Bob Shrum and Co-Director Mike Murphy joined Elex Michaelson on an episode of "The Issue Is" to discuss the state of the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden's vice president pick, and how coronavirus will impact mail-in voting.

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