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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.

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The Washington Post - I’m a Republican. Let’s force the question of impeachment with the GOP.

Center Co-Director Mike Murphy writes in his opinion piece for The Washington Post, "Voters deserve stark clarity in the wake of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, and there is one certain way to get it. The Democratic House must impeach the president and force the question on the Senate: yea or nay on Donald Trump?"

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Morgan Stephens ’20, a journalism and political science major, was among nearly a dozen USC students to pose questions to 2020 presidential hopefuls. (Photo by: Olivia Mowry)

USC Annenberg - Joining the conversation on climate change

Just days before Greta Thunberg tore into world leaders at the United Nations, USC Annenberg and USC Dornsife students had the opportunity to question 2020 presidential candidates about their climate change proposals on a national stage as part of MSNBC’s two-day Climate Forum held at Georgetown University on Sept. 19-20. USC was chosen — alongside Iowa State University and the University of New Hampshire — as one of three satellite locations where MSNBC filmed live, allowing students across the country to participate.

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VoteSC, a nonpartisan voting initiative run by students, invited organizations such as Latinx Student Assembly and Environmental Student Assembly to help pledge student to vote in the 2020 elections.  (Ashley Lyu | Daily Trojan)

Daily Trojan - VoteSC holds voter registration event

Trousdale Parkway was lined with tables representing various student organizations and an ice cream truck for VoteSC’s National Voter Registration Day event Tuesday. VoteSC, a nonpartisan voting initiative, helped over 150 students pledge or register to vote in the 2020 elections, surpassing the numbers from 2017, the last non-election year. Student organizations and volunteers, including the Environmental Student Assembly, Latinx Student Assembly, and even the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office, encouraged students to register.

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The Center for the Political Future hosted journalists Tammy Haddad, Colleen King, and Ron Brownstein as part of its “Political Conversations” series.

Daily Trojan- Journalists Discuss Role of Media in Politics

Journalists Tammy Haddad, Ron Brownstein, and Colleen King spoke about media coverage and the role of journalists in the 2020 elections at Ground Zero on Tuesday, September 17. Center Director Bob Shrum introduced each of the panelists and Annenberg Media Center Director Christina Bellantoni moderated the discussion. The event was co-hosted by the Center for the Political Future and the Department of Political Science and International Relations as part of the Center’s “Political Conversations” series.

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“Polls taken for candidates are designed to test arguments, personal profiles, to figure out not what position to take, but how to argue your position in a way that's going to be most acceptable to voters,” said Shrum. (Source: Spectrum News 1)

Spectrum News 1 - What Role Do Polls Play in Presidential Races?

A veteran Democratic political consultant, speech writer and the director of the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, Robert M. Shrum’s home is filled with mementos of a life in politics. Shrum also assists with the USC Dornsife Los Angeles Times polls, which are a series of national and statewide opinion polls conducted at regular intervals throughout the year. He says social media has changed the game for elections, profoundly affecting political campaigns and polling results.

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CPF Co-Director Mike Murphy joined Brian Williams on The 11th Hour for a pre-debate analysis. (Source: The 11th Hour with Brian Williams)

The 11th Hour With Brian Williams featuring Co-Director Mike Murphy

Center for the Political Future Co-Director Mike Murphy joined Brian Williams of The 11th Hour on MSNBC for a pre-debate analysis of the third Democratic Debate held on Thursday, September 12.

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What role do rising tribalism, the media and social media play in America’s divisive political landscape? “The Dis-United States of America” on September 27 explores answers. (Image: Dennis Lan)

USC Dornsife News - Powerhouse conference explores tribalism in America

“The Dis-United States of America” event on September 27 includes panel discussions with leading figures from journalism, politics and academe, hosted by USC Dornsife’s Center for the Political Future.

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In this Aug. 9, 2019 photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom, in Clear Lake, Iowa. (Photo: John Locher, AP)

USA Today - Joe Biden is a self-described 'gaffe machine.' So far, Democratic voters don't seem to mind.

Facing scrutiny for a recent string of gaffes on the campaign trail, former Vice President Joe Biden has been unapologetic in defending his propensity to show some latitude with his language: His slip ups, he says, are innocuous mistakes that simply don’t matter. It’s an argument that seems to be good enough for voters, at least for the time being. While the so-called gaffes have brought negative headlines, Center Director Bob Shrum counters that the average voter simply doesn’t care about them. Eighty-six percent of likely Democratic voters thought Biden could “probably” or “definitely” beat Trump, according to the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Time poll.

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Center for the Political Future welcomed Ann Klenk, Adam Nagourney and Ron Christie as the Fall 2019 cohort of fellows. Each fellow will teach a two-unit course related to political strategy and the role of the media.

Daily Trojan - New fellows to teach courses on politics, media

The USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future welcomes three new fellows this semester to teach two-unit courses on today’s political and media climate from a variety of viewpoints and encourage political discourse among students in and out of the classroom. Joining the University this semester are Ann Klenk, former senior and co-executive producer of “Hardball with Chris Matthews”; Adam Nagourney, Los Angeles Bureau Chief for The New York Times; and Ron Christie, former policy adviser to the Bush administration.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren’s plan calls for eliminating planet-warming emissions from power plants, vehicles and buildings over 10 years. Elizabeth Frantz for The New York Times

New York Times -Elizabeth Warren Unveils Climate Change Plan, Embracing Jay Inslee’s Goals

Ms. Warren and four other presidential candidates are releasing climate proposals this week, as the top contenders prepare for a prime-time forum on global warming.

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