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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.

From left, Vice President Mike Pence, President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing at the White House.(Source: Doug Mills/The New York Times)

The New York Times - Trust in Trump’s Virus Response Is Falling. What Does It Mean for November?

Americans are losing faith in President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, according to recent national polls. Center Director Bob Shrum commented on what this could mean for his presidency and the 2020 election.

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Center for the Political Future co-directors Robert Shrum and Michael Murphy launched the podcast to create an online outlet for those outside USC’s campus to engage with their nonpartisan political discussions. (Source: USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future)

Daily Trojan - Center for the Political Future creates a political podcast

The Center for the Political Future launched a new podcast, "Election R&D: 2020 and Beyond," this spring. The Daily Trojan spoke with Center Director Bob Shrum about the podcast and its ability to reach and engage with students and a wider community about what’s going on in politics, especially during this pandemic. Shrum said, “Election R&D is our effort to continue to have a dialogue."

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Bernie Sanders speaks at a March 1, 2020 rally in the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo: Sofia James)

USC Annnenberg Media - Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign

Center Director Bob Shrum commented on Bernie Sanders' campaign suspension in Sofia James' USC Annenberg Media article. Shrum provided insight into the future of the 2020 presidential race and how Joe Biden can win over Sanders supporters. James is a CPF Administrative Coordinator and student journalist.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates (USC)

CPF events postponed for March and April

The University of Southern California has been providing guidance on campus health and safety precautions related to COVID-19. As this fluid situation evolves, official messages and status updates can be found on the University’s coronavirus website. As a result of these guidances, all USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future events will also be cancelled or postponed and our office will be open online during this time.

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USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future Director Bob Shrum joined Elex Michaelson on an episode of "The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson." (Source: Fox 11 LA)

Fox 11 Los Angeles - The Issue Is: Presidential Race and Coronavirus

Center Director Bob Shrum joined Elex Michaelson on an episode of "The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson" to break down the results of the Super Tuesday primaries and the political implications of the coronavirus outbreak. They were joined by a panel of political insiders, including attorney and best-selling author Areva Martin and GOP strategist and commentator John Thomas.

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The Center for the Political Future and the USC Center for International Studies welcomed Stephen Stedman, the Secretary-General of the Kofi Annan Commission. (CPF/Kristy Plaza)

Daily Trojan - Stanford professor speaks on media and election politics

The Center for the Political Future and the USC Center for International Studies welcomed Stephen Stedman, the Secretary-General of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age. The Daily Trojan summarized the discussion on elections and democracy in the digital age.

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Elizabeth Warren and and Bernie Sanders. (Associated Press)

Los Angeles Times - Is Elizabeth Warren being sidelined by gender bias?

Center Director Bob Shrum commented on perceived media biases against female presidential candidates like Senator Elizabeth Warren in George Skelton's Los Angeles Times article. Shrum commented that, "... in the general election there is a real element of bias and barriers for women."

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally in Los Angeles on Super Tuesday. (Ronen Tivony/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

The Conversation - Biden’s resurrection was unprecedented – and well-timed

Center Director Bob Shrum shared his take on Joe Biden's Super Tuesday resurrection on The Conversation. He wrote in the article, "A week ago, prognosticators speculated that Bernie Sanders could emerge from Super Tuesday’s contests with an insurmountable delegate lead of more than 300 delegates. Instead, Biden’s powerful showing on Super Tuesday saw him easily break the 'threshold' level – the 15% of votes cast required to collect delegates – virtually everywhere."

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As Super Tuesday voting is underway Katy Tur is joined by the director of the Center for the Political Future at USC, Bob Shrum and former state senator James Brulte on what they are expecting to see in California. (MSNBC)

MSNBC - Sanders campaign has strong lead in California as Super Tuesday voting begins

Center Director Bob Shrum joined Katy Tur on MSNBC to comment on the early results of Super Tuesday primary voting and what he is expecting to see in California. "The last 48 hours transformed everything," he said.

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Voters in 14 states, including in California, will cast votes for presidential candidates on March 3, also known as Super Tuesday. (Illustration/iStock)

USC News - Will Super Tuesday make or break presidential candidates?

The outcome of Super Tuesday is critical to determining which of the remaining Democratic candidates will face the president in the November general election. More than a third of all delegates for the Democratic National Convention will be allotted in primary contests in states including Texas, Virginia, and Super Tuesday newcomer California. Center Director Bob Shrum and Co-Director Mike Murphy, along with other USC experts, shared their insights into the unique aspects of today’s vote — including the fact that, for once, California matters.

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