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Sheldon Goldman, Distinguished Professor of political science, comments in a news report about President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to get a federal judge confirmed who has no trial experience.

A new study co-authored by Brian F. Schaffner, political science, and Phillipa Gill, computer science, looks at Reddit and finds a strong correlation between the rise of Donald Trump’s popularity and increase in offensiveness in social media comments and messages.

Professor Musgrave featured in the national news in Vox about President Trump's view of China as a threat to the U.S. and in Time article on Rex Tillerson's short-lived tenure.

Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor of political science and public policy and department chair of political science, delivered a lecture, “Using Technology to Change Public Administration,” at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 8.

Presented as a play that unfolds in seven acts, the ensuing drama provides readers with both a practical guide for how to conduct immersive participant-observation research and a sophisticated theoretical engagement with the relationship between ethnography as a research method and the operation of power.

Regine A. Spector, political science, is interviewed about her new book “Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia.”

Raymond J. La Raja, political science, says U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is using a joint fundraising committee along with her own political action committee and the Democratic State Committee to raise money, has adopted a system she previously opposed.

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)