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Ahead Of The 2020 Election, Stanford Experts Urge A Concerted, National Response To Confront Foreign Interference

quoting Michael McFaul, Andrew Grotto, Alex Stamos, Larry Diamond, Herbert Lin, Toomas Hendrik Ilvesvia Stanford News
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Scholars from Stanford University put forward a comprehensive strategy for what needs to be done to protect the integrity and independence of U.S. elections, with a keen focus on the upcoming presidential campaign in 2020.

In the News

The US Is Missing Its Chance To Fix Our Election System Before We Vote In 2020

quoting Michael McConnellvia Raw Story
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

As 2020’s elections edge closer, recent troubling developments are casting new light on an old question—what will it take for the results to be trusted?

In the News

How America’s Urban-Rural Divide Shapes Elections

featuring Jonathan Roddenvia The Economist
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

IN NINE OF America’s 13 congressional elections between 1994 and 2018, the Republican Party won a greater share of seats than votes. In 2012, Democrats failed to garner a majority of seats while winning a broad popular vote victory. Even in the 2018 mid-terms, which were described as a “wave” election, The Economist predicted that the Democrats had to win the popular vote in the House of Representatives by 5-6 percentage points to obtain a bare majority of seats. In the Senate, the situation is worse because of the way states magnify the pro-rural bias of America’s electoral institutions.


Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses the California Democratic Party Convention in San Francisco, as well as the policies that were booed, the candidates who did well, and who wasn't there.


Jonathan Rodden: The Consequences Of America’s Urban-Rural Political Divide

interview with Jonathan Roddenvia WAMU 88.5
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jonathan Rodden discusses the political divisions within the United States. One of the starkest is the fault line that runs between the rural and urban regions of the country, and the history of this geographical split as well as the profound consequences it has had for politics in the US. His recent book goes into further detail about this divide, Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide.

Analysis and Commentary

David Davenport: The Deceptive Popular Vote Bill Gains Momentum

by David Davenportvia Town Hall Review
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Democrats, angry about losing the presidency twice in the Electoral College since 2000, are quietly taking action. The National Popular Vote Bill passed in three more states—Colorado, Delaware and New Mexico—this Spring and recently passed state senates in two more.

In the News

Why One Historian Thinks 2020 Race Could Be A Trump Re-Run

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia CBN News
Monday, June 3, 2019

A number of political observers are still dissecting the 2016 campaign for answers to how Donald Trump beat 16 Republican rivals and Hillary Clinton to take the presidency.


Lanhee Chen: 'This Week' Roundtable: Next Phase Of Democratic Primary, Impeachment Debate, Tariff Battles

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, June 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen joins a panel discussion concerning the Democratic primary and which candidates they think will make it to the June debate stage, as well as impeachment, tariffs, and much more.

The Tech Economy Is Hard To Explain. Running Against The Other Is Much Easier.

by Jim Hoagland
Friday, May 31, 2019

European voters turned their backs last weekend on mainstream political parties that had controlled their nations for much of the past century. Impressive numbers voted instead for populist (i.e., hate-mongering) outfits that make immigration and cultural conflict their main issues, or for Green parties that focus on ecology and the dangers of climate change. Conservatives and Social Democrats became, at least for now, statistical remnants of a fast-receding past in which arguments about capital, labor and taxes were dominant political messages.


Michael McFaul: Mueller Warned Russia Will Meddle In 2020

interview with Michael McFaulvia MSNBC
Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Trump administration continues to be dismissive of the warnings about Russia's continued interference in our political process ahead of the 2020 election. Michael McFaul and Malcolm Nance discuss.