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What happens now to U.S. counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan?

Sarah Kreps, professor of government, writes in this Washington Post piece that a lack of accountability for civilian casualties in drone strikes isn’t likely to change.
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What 9/11 taught us about the president, Congress and who makes war and peace

In this op-ed, Prof. Douglas Kriner reflects on the lessons learned about war powers in the U.S. since 9/11.
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Owen Yancher, Creative Commons license 4.0 Voters line up outside a Voter Assistance Center in Davis, California to cast their votes early in the 2020 General Election.


Voter suppression started way before Jim Crow. It’s a longstanding American tradition.

David A. Bateman, associate professor of government, writes in the Washington Post that a new law passed by the Georgia legislature that would restrict access to voting is part of a nationwide push among Republicans to curtail ballot access, the latest wave of efforts to restrict voting, dating back to the 2000s.
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China is reporting big successes in the coronavirus fight. Should we trust the numbers?

Jeremy Lee Wallace, associate professor in the government department, suggests in an opinion piece for the Washington Post that China may be distorting the data in its fight against coronavirus.

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In South Carolina, Democrats debated when a dictator is really a dictator. So what’s the answer?

After the focus on dictatorships in the South Carolina democratic debate on Tuesday, Valerie Bunce, the Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and government professor at Cornell, and Jessica Chen Weiss, associate professor of government, discuss differing types of dictatorship and authoritarian regimes

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An Indian nuclear power plant suffered a cyberattack. Here’s what you need to know.

Debak Das, a doctoral candidate in the field of political science, writes in this Washington Post news piece about the circumstances surrounding the most recent cyberattack on the largest Indian nuclear power plant.

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How I discovered a dozen new Lou Reed songs

In this Washington Post opinion piece, Judith Peraino, music professor, describes her amazing discovery of unknown Lou Reed songs at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

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Opinion: Why President Trump used lynching as a metaphor

Lawrence B. Glickman, the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies in the Department of History, recently wrote an opinion piece in The Washington Post discussing the historical origins of President Trump's use of the phrase "lynching" in a recent tweet concerning the impeachment inquiry.

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Trump thinks racist rhetoric will help him in 2020. The data suggest otherwise.

Political scientists Peter Enns and Jonathon P. Schuldt explain in this Washington Post op-ed that although President Trump believes race-baiting will help him gain a second term, their data suggests this approach won't work. 

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What’s the response in China to the trade war?

Jessica Chen Weiss, associate professor of government, writes in this Washington Post opinion piece that even though China is rolling out nationalist propaganda in reaction to increased U.S. trade sanctions, Chinese leaders may actually be willing to find creative solutions for the current trade impasse.

Still, she says, there are signs that anti-U.S. protests could begin.

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Rediscovering the lives of the enslaved people who freed themselves

History professor Edward Baptist and other co-founders of the Freedom on the Move digital project, which aims to recover, collect and share the stories of fugitive slaves, write about their work in this Washington Post piece. 

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Trump’s emergency declaration doesn’t show his power. It shows his weakness.

Government Professor Douglas Kriner joins colleague Josh Chafetz, a Cornell Law School professor, to write this opinion piece in The Washington Post about President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration and the contention it is a signal of his authoritarian impulses. 

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The left is pushing Democrats to embrace their greatest president. Why that’s a good thing.

Historian Lawrence Glickman writes in this Washington Post piece that "nearly a century after President Franklin D. Roosevelt began his effort to revive the American economy through government programs, Democrats are once again becoming fans of Roosevelt and his legacy."

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Almost half of U.S. adults have seen a family member jailed, study shows

A study by a Cornell research team that included Peter Enns is featured in this Washington Post story about incarceration rates in the U.S. 

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How Southern politicians defended white supremacy — and made the South poorer

Assistant Professor David Bateman writes with colleagues in this Washingon Post opinion piece about Southern politics before the Civil Rights movement and how the South paid a huge price for its commitment to white supremacy.



Why Trump’s immigration rhetoric may not help Republicans at the polls

Peter Enns, associate professor of government and executive director of the Roper Center and Jonathon Schuldt, associate professor of communication and a faculty affiliate at the Roper Center, studied whether Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric would help or hurt Republicans going into today's elections and report

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The Trump administration wrongly assumed China would capitulate in a trade war. What happens now?

In this Washington Post opinion piece, Jessica Chen Weiss, associate professor of government, and David. A Lake, professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego, discuss the recent trade war that the Trump Administration has instigated with China.

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Trump's political base is weaker than it seems, new study finds

Government Professor Peter K.