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Paul Musgrave cited in several news outlets

Paul Musgrave, political science, questions comments by Secretary of Defense James Mattis suggesting that China is using the Ming Dynasty from 400 years ago as the model for its foreign policy. “Employing these kinds of metaphors, especially obscurantist ones, can also serve to foreclose policymakers' judgments, like when U.S. Cold War policymakers used metaphors like 'Munich' to justify why they couldn't seek accommodation with the Communist bloc,” said Musgrave. (Washington Post, 6/20/18)

After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald J. Trump’s travel ban on Tuesday, some observers traced the 5-4 decision back to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who blocked President Barack Obama’s bid to fill a vacancy on the court in 2016. That move allowed Trump to appoint Neil Gorsuch, who proved to be the tiebreaking vote on the travel ban. Paul Musgrave, political science, says, “If I ran a restaurant and Mitch McConnell asked to be seated, I’d tell him to wait until after the next presidential election.” (New York Daily NewsPress of Atlantic City [NY Daily News], 6/26/18)

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