By Cristy Lytal Nuclear power produces about 20 percent of the electricity in the United States, and it’s an increasingly important part of the overall energy supply mix. Still, the 2012 presidential candidates aren’t likely to mention it during their campaigns, according to Detlof von Winterfeldt, professor at the USC Read more…
There are three obstacles to the future development of nuclear power: Safety, waste disposal, and weapons proliferation. The current US administration has a mixed record regarding nuclear power: On one hand it has been promoting nuclear power as a means to producing energy without greenhouse gas emissions; on the other hand, it has stopped the development nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada calling into question a solution that seemed to be in reach.
A conversation with Andrew Breitbart, founder and publisher of Breitbart.com and Jon Fleischman, founder and publisher of FlashReport.org. USC College Republican Lizzy Breiter joins this conversation moderated by Jonathan Wilcox, Center for Communication Law & Politics instructor and former speechwriter for Gov. Pete Wilson.
Myers Urges Generational Unity for 2012 Election Few things in life are certain, but you can count on this: In 10 years, you’ll be 10 years older. Dowell Myers, professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and director of the Population Dynamics Research Group, shared the implications Read more…
How Populist Movements Shape American Politics
Tea Partiers and Occupiers are at opposite ends of the political spectrum, yet they both embrace the politics “of the people.” What effect will these populist movements have on the upcoming state, congressional and presidential races?
Rapid demographic change has dramatic, polarizing effects among the electorate, especially in a time of economic despair. The declining majority status of whites, growing numbers of elderly, and increasing immigration each have been cause for rejoicing and new political demands. Yet those trends fan fears and galvanize opposition that is easily exploited by political candidates. In this environment is there any hope for reducing division and polarization? How can a middle-ground position of common interests be established and defended?
A conversation with faculty fellow Gordon Stables, Georgia State Communication Professor Shawn Powers, and Trojan Debate Squad members Nate Wong (captain), Chris Patterson, and Katrina Kaiser about international affairs and the 2012 election. Democratic revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa’s impact on U.S. international policy and influence in the 2012 election is discussed.
Rob Stutzman, Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Hector De La Torre, Former California State Assemblyman, 50th District
Alex Davidson, Director of External Relations, College Republicans
Ximena Velazquez-Arenas, President, College Democrats
What if you could pick your choice for president?” Non-partisan Americans Elect envisions a new online, direct form of democracy for 2012—an election in which voters pick a president, not a party.
CCLP faculty fellow Tom Hollihan is the author of Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age. Hollihan, communication professor Gordon Stables and members of the Trojan Debate Squad will talk about the media’s role in influencing public perception of issues in the 2012 presidential election.
A look at the 2010 health reform legislation, which was become a hot button in the early 2012 presidential debates. Voters remain conflicted about what they want in their health system and what they demand from their politicians.
Featuring CCLP senior fellow and presidential biographer Richard Reeves. A USC Annenberg journalism professor, Reeves has authored biographies of Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, and John Kennedy, among others. His latest book is Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift-June 1948-May 1949.
Reed Galen, Managing Director, Mercury Public Affairs
Shannon Murphy, Deputy Controller for Communications, LA City Controller Wendy Greuel
Dennis Su, College Republicans
Victoria Hallebo, Vice President, College Democrats
Throughout US history, the paths to reform have been paved with obstacles. California is seen as the leader in climate change strategies, but is California’s policy the right path forward?
Featuring CCLP Senior Fellow Narda Zacchino, who is currently working on a book about California that focuses on the oft-made comparisons between California and Texas. Joining her will be Annenberg Professor and Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer.
Andre Pineda, Pollster, Obama for America 2008
Matt Klink, Former President, Cerrell Associates
Fritz Pielstick, College Democrats
Aaron Wong, Membership Director, College Republicans
California led the nation in foreclosures this July, with over 56,000 homes going into foreclosure. While this number is down 16% from last year, it remains high. In fact, filings in the state of California represented over 25% of new filings.
A conversation with Morley Winograd and Mike Hais, co-authors of the new book Millennial Momentum: How a new generation is remaking America. Professor Geoffrey Cowan moderates the discussion.
Voters are unhappy about the economy and Barack Obama is taking the brunt of it. But Americans don’t have much faith in the Republicans to make things better either. Who can emerge from the GOP primary to take on Obama?