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Center Director Bob Shrum joined strategist and pollster David Herle on his podcast, The Herle Burly.

The Herle Burly Podcast with Center Director Bob Shrum

Center Director Bob Shrum joined strategist and pollster David Herle on his podcast The Herle Burly to discuss whether the Kennedyesque call-to-service can be rekindled in modern democracy and 2020.

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Tuesday and Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debates will be tests for the candidates as the inevitable winnowing of the field begins. Source: Joe Raedle/GETTY IMAGES

U.S. News & World Report - The Last Chance for Some Democratic Hopefuls

The Democratic debates this week will likely reveal some details about where the 20 debating candidates (there are a few more who didn't meet the requirements for the debates) stand on issues facing the country. Race, healthcare, and the question of whether to impeach Trump are expected topics.

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Robert Mueller on Wednesday. The perceived flop left some suggesting that Democrats are now flogging a dead horse and should change direction. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Did Mueller's testimony kill the Trump impeachment debate?

The special counsel sent a clear signal impeachment is not the way to go, experts say, despite the many Democrats in favor. It had a degree of success, but at this point impeachment is a distraction, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future director Bob Shrum tells The Guardian US.

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Dennis Chong, professor of political science, and Morris Levy, assistant professor of political science, at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences present their research findings about tolerance for racist speech in a paper published in the journal Social Research.

Center Insights Series - Americans’ tolerance for racist speech declines

The first paper in the Center for the Political Future's new Center Insights series highlights the research findings on tolerance for racist speech by Dennis Chong, professor of political science, and Morris Levy, assistant professor of political science, at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. They argue that tolerance for racist speech has declined among younger Americans, the college-educated, and political liberals, calling into question their adherence to First Amendment principles.

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Veteran political consultant Robert Shrum watches the second night of the Democratic debates in June. (Amanda Lopez/For The Washington Post)

The Washington Post - What should you look for in the Democratic debates? Ask the man who prepped Gore and Kerry.

In June, writer Noy Thrupkaew joined Bob Shrum to watch the first pair of Democratic presidential debates. As a political strategist, one of Shrum's specialties was preparing candidates for debates- he is an expert on the strategies candidates use on the debate stage. One key insight Shrum shared: Sanders might have to go after Warren to try to win back supporters.

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USC Center for the Political Future director Bob Shrum sat down with Dina Demetrius on In Focus California at Spectrum News 1 SoCal to talk about the U.S. census and why it determines so much of our civic life.

Spectrum News - Census as Political Football

The U.S. census determines $900 billion in annual federal spending. It is no wonder the proposed citizenship question sparked a passionate debate.

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Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, in a recent San Francisco Chronicle column, likened the school board supporters’ and tactics to the worst of Trump‘s backers. | Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

Politico - Move to erase George Washington mural sparks firestorm among Dems

A San Francisco school board decision to spend $600,000 to paint over a New Deal-era mural of George Washington as a slave owner is fueling a family feud among Democrats — with a growing chorus protesting that the controversial move may hand Donald Trump potent ammunition in his re-election bid.

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 Kambiz “Kamy” Akhavan is the new Executive Director for the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future

USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future Lands Former ProCon.org CEO as New Executive Director

The USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future is pleased to announce that it has appointed Kambiz “Kamy” Akhavan as its new Executive Director.

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The Issue Is...the Democratic debate.

The Issue Is: Ann Coulter, Bob Shrum, Areva Martin, Caroline Heldman on Democratic Debate

It's the first presidential debate of the 2020...and it gets nasty.

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By CSPAN

Kamala Harris is good at making opponents ‘nervous.’ Are Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders next?

California Senator Kamala Harris put Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in an uncomfortable position with a surprise question on whether he spoke with anybody about the Mueller investigation into Russia election meddling.

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