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Jesse H. Rhodes, political science, writes a column in The Washington Post where he argues that Republicans in Congress along with Republican presidential administrations since the 1960s have appeared to support the Voting Rights Act, but have used a variety of methods to undermine its intent and application.

Sheldon Goldman, political science, says the rapid pace of U.S. Senate confirmations of federal judicial nominees is likely to continue despite a few failed nominations. 

A commentary by Paul Musgrave, political science, says President Donald J. Trump’s behavior and frequent outbursts on various issues are not part of a master plan. Instead, he says, the president’s actions “appear angry and impulsive because Trump is angry and impulsive.” 

In a new report co-authored for the Brookings Institute, Ray La Raja, political science says parties should vet candidates before primary ballots are printed.

Professor Musgrave, political science, says new sanctions imposed on North Korea aren't likely to harm sensitive parts of the regime. He is also the co-author of an analysis of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative in Asia and Africa.

Nicholas Xenos, professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, has been awarded a grant of $225,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a Sawyer Seminar entitled “The Universal Basic Income: History and Theory of a Utopian Desire.”

A news analysis of political misinformation that populated the social media site Reddit during the 2016 political campaign notes that researchers Rishab Nithyandand, along with UMass Amherst's Brian F. Schaffner, political science, and Phillipa Gill, computer science, conducted a study of the Reddit traffic. (C/net, 12/19/17) 

Paul Musgrave, political science, comments in a news story about how President Donald J. Trump and Rex Tillerson are saying different and contradictory things about dealing with North Korea. In another news report, Professor Musgrave comments about how President Trump and his administration are facing some pushback from federal agencies where officials don't accept Trump's views on key issues such as climate change.

Paul Musgrave, political science, was a panelist during a presentation by former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson on the relationship between foreign policy and social media.

- State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg was a guest speaker in Raymond J. La Raja’s political science class last week. 

- Professor La Raja is also the co-author of a new report that examines how activist groups are re-engineering politics on both the left and the right.