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  • Sandy: Election 2012’s Surprise
    October 29, 2012
    “The impact on the election lies in the amount of damage and devastation. If people have to decide on how they are going to make their breakfast and repair their home or getting to the voting booth, I suspect it’s going to be the first.” Mark Rom, associate professor of government and public policy, on how the aftermath of hurricane Sandy could affect the 2012 presidential election.
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    Source: FOX Business

  • Less Guilty by Reason of Neurological Defect
    October 22, 2012
    "As many as half of all violent offenders may be psychopaths, meaning they show little empathy or remorse and are likely to reoffend. Normally a diagnosis of psychopathy is an aggravating factor that results in a longer sentence. But emphasizing the biological basis of the disorder can reduce even psychopaths' sentences." Abigail Marsh, assistant professor of psychology, on the complexity of introducing biological evidence of psychopathy into courts of law.
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    Source: Slate

  • Would You Please Let Me Finish...
    October 17, 2012
    "...a debate is just as much about performance and rhetoric (and snappy one-liners) as it is about meaningful dialogue. But our ideas about conversation inevitably shape how we perceive the debates." Deborah Tannen, professor linguistics, on how viewers perceive interruptions in the presidential debates.
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    Source: The New York Times

  • When parents split, preschoolers show behavior problems
    October 6, 2012
    "Family-structure changes during early childhood at the preschool period seem to matter more than later changes." Rebecca Ryan, assistant professor of psychology, on the effects of divorce or other family disruption on young children.
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    Source: USA Today

  • September Jobs Report: Unemployment Falls to 7.8 Pct
    October 5, 2012
    "People have made up their minds that it's a tepid recovery and a difficult situation while it's not at all clear that a challenger will provide a better alternative." Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on whether monthly unemployment figures will sway voters as the 2012 election draws closer.
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    Source: ABC News

  • Who's the undecided voter? It may be the 'Walmart mom'
    October 3, 2012
    "It's never good to write off a sizeable constituency. As we saw in 2000, it takes very few votes to switch the outcome of an election." Diana Owen, associate professor of political science and director of American studies, on why personalized contact with undecided voters is an effective and worthwhile way to mobilize them.
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    Source: Reuters

  • A Quarter of U.S. States Hold the Keys to Presidential Outcome
    September 24, 2012
    "The candidates do a really good job of monitoring which states they have a chance at. And then they follow the polls, since the polls show that they're winning by a lot, or losing by a lot, they'll move out of that state. If you know how the state's going to turn out, then you don't concentrate in those states, you concentrate in other states where you're not sure and you think your campaign will make a difference, one way or another." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on presidential candidates' strategy in battleground states.
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    Source: Voice of America

  • Plenty of action on first day of NHL lockout but no labor negotiations
    September 17, 2012
    "There's your go/no-go period. Look at their assets and where they get their revenue from. It's churning during the season. Gate- and jersey-driven. They can't afford to stay out." Matthew Winkler, Associate Dean of the School of Continuing Studies' MPS in Sports Industry Management program, predicting that the NHL lockout will end over the holidays.
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    Source: The Los Angeles Times

  • Analyzing Obama's Post-Convention Bounce
    September 14, 2012
    "This had been a really, really stable race for months and months and months, despite a variety of campaign events, despite the consolidation of Republican support behind Mitt Romney, so I think the best bet would be that that's an equilibrium we'll be back to soon." Daniel Hopkins, assistant professor of government, on how long the bounce in the polls that President Barack Obama seems to have gotten from the Democratic National Convention will last.
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    Source: The Takeaway with John Hockenberry

  • 100 Days
    September 7, 2012
    "After Roosevelt, we began to judge particularly new presidents by what they had done in their first 100 days. Presidents make a lot of promises during the campaign and they create great expectations. So this is a time to see if they can achieve those expectations or if their promises were hollow." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the significance of the first 100 days of a president's term.
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    Source: PBS

  • When former President Bill Clinton takes podium at DNC, it will be an important moment in President Obama’s campaign, and the fi
    September 5, 2012
    "Obama needs the seal of approval from the No. 1 Democrat, the larger-than-life figure in the party. There's still a lot of unrest among the liberal rank-and-file about Obama; he can use a pat on the back from Clinton with those Democrats." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the effect of former President Bill Clinton's remarks at the Democratic National Convention.
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    Source: New York Daily News

  • Ohio Unions Battle Conservative 'Super PACs' for Votes
    September 4, 2012
    "It's clear now that the Republican super PACs are going to outspend Obama massively. That's where I think labor's true importance will be highlighted this time. Whether what labor can do is enough is yet to be seen." Joseph McCartin, professor of history, on whether the labor movement can compete with conservative "super PACs" in this election cycle
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    Source: The New York Times

  • Why 'follow your passion' is bad advice
    August 29, 2012
    "Different people are looking for different things in their work, but in general, if you study people with compelling careers, they enjoy some combination of the following traits: autonomy, respect, competence, creativity, and/or a sense of impact. In other words, if you want to feel passionate about your livelihood, don't seek the perfect job, instead seek to get more of these traits in the job you already have." Calvin Newport, assistant professor of computer science, on why "follow your passion" is not the best career advice.
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    Source: CNN

  • Conventions play to TV, but with little suspense
    August 20, 2012
    "Conventions have become more of a launch pad for the presidential campaign. They excite the people. They excite the party base." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the changing nature of political conventions.
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    Source: Associated Press

  • What our schools need? A few good men
    August 14, 2012
    "Our children deserve the very best teachers we can find, whether men or women. We need to be more creative in letting young men know that they should consider teaching as a profession." William Gormley, professor of public policy and co-director of the Center for Research on Children in the U.S. (CROCUS), in his op-ed on why our nation needs more male teachers.
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    Source: USA Today

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