Will Gavin Newsom try to kick Trump off the California ballot?

CBS News quoted Abby Wood of the USC Gould School on a proposed California law that would force presidential candidates to disclose 5 years of federal tax returns. “The Constitution prohibits states from adding additional ‘qualifications’ for ballot access, but no court has analyzed whether requiring tax return disclosure is a ‘qualification,’” Abby Wood, an…

Commander in Cheat

Does Reilly make the case for using golf as a metaphor for President Trump’s governance?

Listen to the latest episode as host Lisa Schweitzer is joined by Anthony W. Orlando, David Sloane, and Richard Green to discuss Rick Reilly’s Commander in Cheat.

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Fear: Trump in the White House

This month, Lisa is joined by Anthony Orlando, Jeff Jenkins, and Christian Grose to discuss Bob Woodward’s latest reportage on the Presidency: Fear. How does this stack up to other Woodward titles and how does the principal agent theory work it’s way into conversation with these political junkies?

Martin Gilens

In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins talks economic and political inequality in democracies with Martin Gilens, Professor of Public Policy at UCLA Luskin. The degree of political influence is dramatically unequal for people within the United States, public policy can help increase democratic representation and Gilens walks us through some history as he expresses policy options to get us to more democracy, rather than less.

American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin

This month, Lisa, Richard, and Aubrey discuss the new book of sonnets from Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin. Hayes’ sonnets are “acrid with tear gas, and they unravel with desire.” For the poetry doubters everywhere.

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Trump and Brown Loom over Governor’s Race

Fox & Hounds Daily published commentary by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe on how President Donald Trump and Gov. Jerry Brown will impact the California gubernatorial race. …. what has been an under-the-radar gubernatorial contest has the potential to become a barn-burner–along with the several California Congressional contests that…

Trump Would Welcome Challenge From Oprah Winfrey for President

The New York Times (in a Reuters story) quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about Oprah Winfrey’s credibility across party lines. Jeffe, the USC professor, cautioned against thinking of Hollywood as a monolith of liberal Democrats. Besides the liberal creative talent, Hollywood money also comes from the more conservative, unionized trade and…

In Clash Between California and Trump, It’s One America Versus Another

The New York Times quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the political identity of California. Beyond demographics and politics, charting its own course is part of the identity of California. “We are the frontier,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political scientist at the University of Southern California. “Beyond us, there’s nothing…