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Source: Crooked.com

Pod Save America - Trump's Lost Summer

Center Co-Director Mike Murphy talks with Pod Save America about possible challenges and strategies facing the Trump Campaign in 2020.

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Source: You Damn Millennials Podcast

You Damn Millennials Podcast Ep. 42 - Nuke A Tsunami/Thomas Martin Interview

Thomas Martin, one of the ten USC students a part of the Unruh Institute's Inside Iowa Project 2019 student cohort, joined the You Damn Millennials podcast to discuss his summer internship in Iowa with the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. His interview begins at 40:20. Martin's interview is the first in an interview series with Inside Iowa Project cohort members on the You Damn Millennials podcast.

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With more than 20 years experience in bridging divides, Center Executive Director Kamy Akhavan shared practical ways to strengthen relationships even when we have differing viewpoints on important issues. (Source: United and Together)

United and Together - Addressing Tribalism with Kamy Akhavan

Center Executive Director Kamy Akhavan joined the United and Together podcast to discuss tribalism in today's political climate. He reminds us that while may not always find common ground, we can realize that people with whom we even vehemently disagree on an issue are not bad people. Our political disagreements do not need to define our friendships and relationships.

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"A new era is about to begin at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. As we look forward, we also are looking back at some rare footage of the stadium's unparalleled history that I didn't know existed," says  Elex Michaelson. (Fox 11 Los Angeles Archives)

Fox 11 Los Angeles - The L.A. Memorial Coliseum’s unparalleled history

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has arguably seen more historic moments than any other venue in Los Angeles' history. In 1960, John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic National Committee presidential nomination at the Coliseum. Center director Bob Shrum was in the crowd. In a special report by Fox 11 Los Angeles, Shrum tells reporter Elex Michaelson how this moment inspired the rest of his life.

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Sophomore Mahima Varanasi met Joe Biden as a field intern for his campaign this summer. Varanasi is one of 10 students participating in the Inside Iowa Project. (Photo courtesy of Mahima Varanasi)

Daily Trojan - Students head to Iowa for political campaigns

Through the Unruh Institute's Inside Iowa Project, a cohort of ten USC students had the opportunity to travel to Iowa this summer to intern for various political campaigns. Sophomore Mahima Varanasi interned for Joe Biden’s campaign and sophomore Lan Duong will be delaying her sophomore year to continue to work for Kamala Harris until the caucus in February.

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The Atlantic - Never Trumpers Want a GOP Alternative. Most Republicans Don’t.

Former Representative Joe Walsh is running against a president who, polls show, is no more vulnerable to a primary challenge than his recent predecessors were.

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A new poll out from the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future and the Los Angeles Times illustrates President Donald Trump’s dominance in the Republican party.

KPCC AirTalk - New Poll: Trump Has Recreated The Republican Party. Is That Good Or Bad For His Re-election Campaign?

A new poll out from the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future and the Los Angeles Times illustrates President Donald Trump’s dominance in the Republican party. It finds that more than four out of 10 Republicans believe the party should continue moving in a populist direction, with only about a quarter of respondents saying it should take a “more traditionally conservative” route.

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Center Director Bob Shrum joined the Beats & Eats Podcast to discuss the 2020 presidential campaign.

Beats & Eats Podcast with Center Director Bob Shrum

Center Director Bob Shrum joined the Beats & Eats Podcast with Ty Ray and Nick Gelso to discuss the 2020 presidential campaign. Shrum has spent more than 5 decades in politics. He worked on the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, Al Gore, and Ted Kennedy. He provides insight into Trump’s recent response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. He also shares who he feels would be the strongest candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020.

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Margaret Cho, Ben Lyons and Bob Shrum on Fox 11 Los Angeles' "The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson."

Fox 11 Los Angeles - "The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson"

Margaret Cho, Ben Lyons and Bob Shrum join Elex Michaelson on Fox 11 Los Angeles' "The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson." They discuss the following issues: the Democratic Debate, Hollywood in the streaming era, and debate who is the best NBA team in California.

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Most Democratic primary voters are still sorting out which candidate they plan to vote for in their state primaries and caucuses. Strategists try to persuade them with terms like "electable." (Image source: iStock)

USC Dornsife - For the presidential race, ‘electability’ could decide who wins and who loses

Pundits buzz about Democratic candidates being “electable” or “unelectable” in 2020, but what exactly do they mean? Context matters, USC Dornsife experts say.

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