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  • The President Congress and Party Polarization
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    The President, Congress, and Party Polarization

    A panel of scholars and media members discussed how party polarization impacts the relationship between the legislative and executive branches. The panelists also talked about how power has…

  • Washington Journal James Thurber and Molly Reynolds Discuss the First Session of the 115th Congress
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    James Thurber and Molly Reynolds on the 115th Congress

    Professor James Thurber and Molly Reynolds talked about the legislative and political significance of the 115th Congress so far.

  • Washington Journal James Thurber on emAmerican Gridlockem
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    James Thurber on American Gridlock

    James Thurber talked about his recent book, American Gridlock: The Sources, Character, and Impact of Political Polarization, which examines political polarization in U.S. politics.

  • Discussion on the Latino Vote
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    Latino Vote in 2016, Panel 1

    American University held their annual “Latino Public Affairs Forum” analyzing the impact of the Latino electorate on the 2016 presidential election. This panel focused on the strategies of…

  • Washington Journal James Thurber on Pensions for Former Presidents
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    Benefits for Former Presidents

    James Thurber talked about congressional efforts to limit the pensions and allowances given to former presidents.

  • Discussion on Capitol Hill Ethics
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    Lobbying and Ethics Laws

    James Thurber talked about lobby reform and ethical issues regarding members of Congress. He spoke about previous efforts to change lobbying practices on Capitol Hill and discussed potential change in…

  • Federal Lobbying Laws
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    Federal Lobbying Laws

    Attorney Joseph Sandler talked about the strengths and weaknesses in the laws governing lobbying practices, gift rules, and foreign agents. Mr. Sandler is a former general counsel of the Democratic…

  • Discussion on Lobbying Restrictions
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    Lobbying and the Regulatory Process

    Neil Kerwin talked about federal regulation of lobbying, as well as strengths and weaknesses of the current system of rules and restrictions. This talk was part of American University’s biannual…

  • Discussion on White HouseCongressional Relations
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    Congressional-Presidential Relations

    Former White House legislative affairs liaisons from the administrations of George H.W. Bush to President Obama discussed how they interacted with Congress to pass legislation. They also commented on…

  • Discussion on the Congressional Ethics Process
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    Congressional Ethics

    Government advocates talked about possible reforms to the congressional ethics process. They focused on the findings of the group Public Citizen’s newly-released report on House and Senate…

  • Washington Journal James Thurber on Divided Government
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    Divided Government

    James Thurber talked about how President Obama and a Republican-controlled Congress might operate during the 114th Congress. He also discussed how previous administrations have worked with…

  • Electoral College Vote
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    Electoral College Vote

    James Thurber talked about the electoral college vote, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. The 538 electors in the electoral college meet in their state and…

  • Presidential Leadership and Economic Crisis
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    Presidential Leadership and Economic Crisis

    James Thurber talked about how recent presidents (Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama) have dealt with fiscal matters when Congress is divided. He also responded to telephone calls…

  • Lobbying and Climate Change Policy
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    Lobbying and Climate Change Policy

    Elizabeth Moler talked to students about lobbying efforts for global climate change legislation In her remarks she spoke about cap and trade legislation, the Environmental Protection…

  • Lobbying and the Regulatory Process
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    Lobbying and the Regulatory Process

    Cornelius Kerwin talked about the importance of rule making and its effect on lobbying and the law. He outlined the roles of the president, the court system, agencies and interest groups,…

  • Legislation and Lobbying
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    Legislation and Lobbying

    Thomas Williams talked about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse effect regulations and the legislative process. Topics included key leaders, the political process, and the…

  • Lobbying Reform Efforts
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    Lobbying Reform Efforts

    James Thurber talked to students about President Obama and his efforts to reform lobbying. He noted a number of lobbying scandals including former Representative Duke Cunningham, Jack…

  • Establishment of the Legislative Branch
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    Establishment of the Legislative Branch

    Linda Monk and Mickey Edwards talked about the origins of the legislative branch and the roles and responsibilities of Congress. James Thurber moderated. The panelists responded to questions from…

  • Forum on the Filibuster
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    Forum on the Filibuster

    The Center for American Progress held a discussion on the use of the filibuster rule and its effect on modern U.S. Senate procedures. Senator Tom Udall talked about the history of the filibuster…

  • Climate Change Lobbying
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    Climate Change Lobbying

    Dan Weiss talked about using paid media as an advocacy campaign tool. Topics included types of strategies for advocacy campaigns, elements of a an advertising campaign, and planning…

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