Political Scientist Wendy Schiller offers comments on Nancy Pelosi's political experience and influence in Washington. "She has the political force of character, and she has the temperament and the strategic instincts that come with being very experienced in the Democratic Party leadership."
James N. Green, Director of the Brazil Initiative, comments on a bill pending in Brazil's National Congress that would go as far as to bar the use of "gender" in teaching, saying "with the election of Bolsonaro and a more conservative Congress, there is a possibility the bill might get traction."
James N. Green in Inside Higher Ed on a bill pending in the National Congress would go so far as to bar the use of the term "gender" in teaching: "...with the election of Bolsonaro and a more conservative Congress, there is a possibility the bill might get traction."
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar received the 2018 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for his book, Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA. The Prize "honors exemplary works of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society."
Senior Fellow and President Emerita of BakerRipley, Angela Blanchard, in the Houston Chronicle, "Houston was welcoming the world — albeit haphazardly and without much self-awareness. Families were arriving daily from places gripped by misery and struggle."

Saudi Oil (interview with Jeff Colgan)

Associate Professor Jeff Colgan joined St. Louis' KTRS After Show to discuss the impact of oil and the United States' reliance on Saudi oil.
Neta Crawford, Boston University professor and Co-Director of the Costs of War Project, joined NPR's Morning Edition to discuss the recent study that estimates the U.S. has spent $5.9 trillion on wars following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in The Boston Globe, "In one way, though, Bolsonaro is scarier than any of those other political thugs. He is not only a provocateur who thrives by turning people against each other, but also a product of the darkest period in modern Latin American history."
This article cites research from the Costs of War Project saying, "These various post-9/11 foreign policy failures have cost our debt-riddled nation at least $1.5 trillion in direct costs... and more than $5 trillion in ancillary costs—such as interest and future veterans expenses—according to a 2017 analysis by the Watson Center at Brown University."
Professor Omer Bartov said he saw similarities between contemporary Republicans' campaign posters of Jewish opponents holding fistfuls of cash and famous Nazi posters from the 1940s. "Much of the rhetoric is about how the left is going to destroy everything, destroy the economy, bring this invasion of barbarians — all of this was very much part of fascist and Nazi xenophobia."
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Professor Ross Cheit wins Beckman Trust Award

Professor Ross Cheit was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award for inspiring a former student to make a difference in his or her community.
This weekly "polling roundup" quoted public policy professor Eric Patashnik, who said that "it is already clear that Republicans have made it even harder for their party to govern if they manage to retain control of both chambers and take another stab at dismantling Obamacare."