In discussing the consequences of a looming government shutdown, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs Richard Arenberg contends, “One of the most telling poll questions has always been whether a political figure ‘cares about people like me'."
Visiting Professor of the Practice of Political Science Richard Arenberg discusses appropriation and authorization bills and their ability to reprogram funds between accounts in an agency and/or to transfer funds between agencies.
In an opinion piece, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs & Visiting Professor of the Practice of Political Science Richard Arenberg discusses the elimination of the filibuster in the Senate, and the various views on it.
Wendy Schiller, Chair of the Political Science department, comments on the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates' bill-drafting productivity, saying "Introducing bills is an especially attractive messaging tool for Democrats, who believe in the power of government programs and introduce more bills than Republicans."
Economist Emily Oster comments on the wave of new parenting tools, saying "Infants can be very overwhelming to be around, and these devices give you something to do...But it’s really for you. Not for your baby."
Research from John Friedman's Opportunity Atlas is cited. "Using data taken from the Opportunity Atlas—a collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau, Harvard University, and Brown University that provides data on economic mobility throughout the country—one can see that the South has the lowest level of economic mobility for all demographics."
Emily Oster's research is cited as it concludes that there are a range of healthy parenting behaviors, and part of determining what is best for your child entails determining what is best for your family.
A new study co-authored by Assistant Professor Jayanti Owens finds that discipline in many classrooms is anything but fair, with punishments often unequal and cutting along racial lines. "It was extraordinarily disturbing and I really didn't want to believe it."
Political scientist Wendy Schiller comments on former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony and possible impeachment. "Mueller’s lacklustre testimony likely gave Speaker Pelosi the ammunition to withstand calls for impeachment inquiries, or hearings, from the left flank of her party."
In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Taubman Center affiliate and Professor of Political Science Corey Brettschneider argues that Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the President in light of recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming Congressional testimony, saying "Overwhelmingly, most Americans have no idea how damning the report actually is. The constant refrain from the White House of ‘witch-hunt,’ ‘no collusion’ and ‘no obstruction,’ and the Trump assertion that the report exonerates him have left the truth obscured by a dense fog."
Associate Professor Jeff Colgan in The Washington Post, "...the recent tension around oil tankers is in part a product of more fundamental disputes about Iran’s nuclear program, funding of various violent insurgents, and ongoing rivalry with Saudi Arabia. In turn, Iran’s actions stem from what it sees as Trump administration belligerence."
In new research, sociologist Jayanti Owens found that different treatment of black and white students accounted for half of the racial gap in school suspensions and expulsions among 5- to 9-year-old children. "Subconsciously, we all have racial biases in different ways. This is one way in which those biases are manifesting in the classroom," she said.
Professor Emily Oster in Medium's Elemental, "Miscarriage can be lonely, it can be devastating, and it can be confusing. Reassuringly, most women who miscarry go on to have healthy pregnancies. This can be hard to see when miscarriage is kept so secret, but if this happens, you are not alone."
Political economist Mark Blyth comments on the allegations that Nigel Farage may have influenced markets to help hedge funds on Brexit referendum night in 2016, and if it could happen again on October 31. "If you have a leading politician pushing in that direction, this gives the hedge funds a one-way bet, with insurance against failure. And that's the type of 'option' hedgies love the most."