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Paul Musgrave, political science, comments in a story about how understaffing at the U.S. State Department is damaging the foreign policy apparatus and he says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson bears much of the blame.

Professors Diane Curtis and Jennifer L. Nye delivered a lecture on the process of applying to law school in Herter Hall on Wednesday evening.

Sheldon Goldman, political science, says President Donald J. Trump is doing very well at getting his judicial nominees confirmed by the U.S. Senate, despite his claims that Democrats are obstructing his judicial picks. He also says it “strains credulity” to say that Democrats are responsible for obstruction because Republicans “hold almost all the cards” in the process. (Los Angeles TimesChicago Daily Law Bulletin)

Paul Musgrave, mentioned in CNBC, says while diplomats and political people worry that President Donald J. Trump’s willingness to exit the nuclear agreement with Iran may harm efforts to negotiate with North Korea, the two situations aren’t really equivalent. 

Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor of political science and public policy and chair of the department of political science, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Academy of Public Administration. The academy was established by Congress in 1967 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization to help government leaders address critical management challenges and to develop more “effective, efficient, accountable and transparent organizations.”

Paul Musgrave, political science, comments in a news analysis about why some political observers believe the atmosphere in the White House has become toxic, as evidenced by President Donald J. Trump’s public quarrels with his staff and cabinet. (Vox, MSNBC)

Jerome “Jerry” Mileur, 83, died September 5, 2017. Born in 1934 in Murphysboro, Illinois, Jerry taught political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1967 to 2004 during which he mentored generations of graduate students. For 37 years he served...

Professor Ray La Raja, political science, is quoted in an article exploring President Trump’s style of governance and how he essentially launched his re-election campaign almost immediately upon beginning his first term in the White House. “I don't think people are going to use Trump as a model for how to run for the presidency, although they will say he demonstrated a few things that you can get away with -- just basically going to the base, regardless of all this other stuff circulating around," he says. 

Paul Musgrave, political science, says Rex Tillerson, the current secretary of state, has not done a good job running the U.S. State Department. (Vox, 9/20/17). He also says it is difficult to know what effect the new sanctions imposed on North Korea by the United Nations on fuel supplies will have. (Hellenic Shipping NewsWorld Oil, 9/12/17) Last, Professor Musgrave comments in a news analysis about why some political observers believe the atmosphere in the White House has become toxic, as evidence by President Trump's public quarrels with his staff and cabinet. “The administration is toxic and dysfunctional,” Musgrave says. “The weak link is Trump himself.” He says Trump demands loyalty from his cabinet but still abuses and yells at them when he is displeased. (VoxMSNBC, 10/5/17)

Rebecca E. Hamlin, political science, writes a column where she compares the immigration systems of Canada and the U.S.