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.

In this July 21, 2018, file photo, Republican politician Mark Sanford speaks at OZY Fest in Central Park in New York. Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, dropped his longshot Republican challenge to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Courthouse News Service - Republican Mark Sanford Drops Bid to Challenge Trump in 2020

Director Bob Shrum discussed the recent departure of Governor Mark Sanford, who was challenging President Trump in the GOP nominating contest, with Courthouse News Service. In this piece he said, "He (Sanford) had some money but decided not to spend it. If he was going to make a serious go of it, he should have gone on TV in New Hampshire weeks ago to make that message."

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Sen. John Kennedy (R., La.) said Sunday that if President Trump pushed for Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden for his political benefit, that could amount to an impeachable offense. PHOTO: CAROLINE BREHMAN/CQ ROLL CALL/NEWSCOM/ZUMA PRESS

The Wall Street Journal - GOP Divided on Defense of Trump Over Ukraine

Center Director Bob Shrum commented on the GOP’s divergent views regarding the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on The Wall Street Journal. In this story, the Center was recognized as "a bipartisan research organization seeking to restore a more civil political dialogue."

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American’s weigh news about the House’s pending vote on impeachment as they continue to assess Democratic presidential candidates. (Image: iStock.)

USC Dornsife News - Removal of President Trump if House votes to impeach is popular among eligible voters

The latest USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times poll, in conjunction with the Center, finds nearly half of eligible voters support Senate removing President Trump from office if House votes to impeach. But more than 1 in 4 think it’s too early to say. Meanwhile, Trump’s GOP primary voter support is unwavering. Joe Biden holds steady in the Democratic field as Elizabeth Warren gains momentum.

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Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wave during a campaign rally on Oct. 19 Photographer: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Bloomberg - AOC Says Her Bernie Sanders Endorsement Was ‘Authentic Decision’

Center Director Bob Shrum talked with Bloomberg about the Bernie Sanders Campaign after this past Saturday when Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders's bid for the Democratic Nomination. In this piece, he makes the point that a key test for presidential candidates will come on November 1st, when candidates will speak at a state Democratic Party dinner.

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Donald Trump mocks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he rallies with supporters in Dallas. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Guardian - 'Meltdown': Donald Trump's week of intense political peril

Donald Trump spent his 1,000th day seemingly hellbent on self-immolation. The 45th president was busy on Wednesday, and the rest of this week, strengthening the case for his own impeachment, with a notable assist from his acting chief of staff. “You have support for impeachment rising, you have the White House admitting impeachable acts in public, and you the president holding rallies where he’s out of control," says Center Director Bob Shrum.

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Center Director Bob Shrum on KCRW's Press Play With Madeleine Brand (Source: Pixabay)

KCRW - The Responsibility of Facebook and Social Media in the 2020 Election

Center Director Bob Shrum joins KCRW's Press Play With Madeleine Brand to discuss the role Facebook and other social media companies play in our politics ahead of the 2020 election.

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PolicyWest 2019 Panel featuring Center Director Bob Shrum

The Young Turks - PolicyWest 2019: The Politics of American Foreign Policy

Center Director Bob Shrum participated on the Pacific Council's Policy West panel titled, "The Politics of American Foreign Policy" with The Young Turks Ana Kasparian. It was moderated by the Pacific Council's Thomas Zimmerman.

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Stanley Greenberg (left) and Bob Shrum (right). (Photo courtesy of Kristy Plaza/USC Center for the Political Future)

USC Annenberg Media - Political strategist Stanley Greenberg predicts that the Democratic Party will win the 2020 election

Greenberg failed to predict Trump’s victory in 2016, but he said he and other pollsters have learned a lot from 2016 through conferences, symposiums, and by discussing what the Clinton campaign did wrong in their polling.

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Mike Murphy (left), co-director of the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, interviewed Republican presidential candidate Mark Sanford about tribalism in American politics. Sanford, a former South Carolina governor and congressman, said he believes that tribalism is worsening. (Photos: Kristy Plaza.)

USC Dornsife News - A rise in tribalism leaves some politicians in the margins

Experts, pundits, and Republican presidential candidate Mark Sanford discuss America’s worsening political tribalism and the science behind it at a conference hosted by the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future.

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Former South Carolina governor and 2020 GOP presidential candidate Mark Sanford, right, speaks with Republican strategist Mike Murphy at the University of Southern California in a discussion titled “Tribalism in American Politics” on Sept. 27, 2019. (Nathan Solis / CNS)

Courthouse News Service - GOP Trump Challenger Sanford: Political Discord Could ‘End Our Republic’

At the keynote conversation with Center Co-Director Mike Murphy, Governor Mark Sanford discussed how political discord could "End Our Republic." The conversation took place during the Center for the Political Future's September conference titled "The Dis-United States of America: Tribalism in American Politics."

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