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Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Video   

 The mission of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics is to motivate students to become active in the world of politics and encourage public officials to participate in the daily life of USC. The following video features Executive Director Dan Schnur, friends and former staff, along with students who have applied their education through internships at every level of government -- from the White House, to the CA State Capitol and here locally at City Hall in Los Angeles.



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Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

The mission of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics is to motivate students to become active in the world of politics and encourage public officials to participate in the daily…

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Director's Corner

Dan Schnur is the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. He has worked for years as a political reformer, and he is one of California's leading political and media strategists. Click the links below to read his work. 

Distancing itself from Trump's toxicity could be the California GOP's salvation

Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2016

For the Republican Party, nationally, presumptive nominee Donald Trump is the political version of Chernobyl. 

What a Donald Trump Nomination Could Mean for the Repupblican Party - and Political Gridlock

Wall Street Journal
May 3, 2016

In a much less politically correct era, basketball coach Dick Motta cautioned that "the opera ain't over till the fat lady sings."

Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina: A Smart (But Desperate) Political Move

Wall Street Journal 
April 27, 2016

Ted Cruz's decision to announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate right now is an act of desperation. But it is a very smart act of desperation.

Bernie's fans shouldn't give up on 2016

USA Today
April 27, 2016

The best part of being young is believing that anything is possible. The worst part of being young is when you realize that's not always true. But the most important part of being young is understanding that though not everything is possible, you can still accomplish extraordinary things if you measure success as progress rather than perfection. 

New York Primaries: What Will and Won't Become Clear for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

The Wall Street Journal
April 19, 2016

The most important question of the night will be answered after the polls close in New York and we find out the margin by which Hillary Clinton has defeated Sanders in their shared almost-home state.

Legislature Must Close Corrupting Campaign Money Loophole

Sacramento Bee
April 17, 2016

February's sentencing of former state Sen. Leland Yee in a political corruption case closed a dark chapter in the history of the Legislature, and also presents an opportunity to close the legal loopholes that may allow such behavior again. 

Donal Trump's (Un)Charitable Contributions

Wall Street Journal
April 11, 2016

In the earliest days of Donald Trump's candidacy, the Washington Post analysis of Mr. Trump's history of charitable contributions might have been expected to have a dramatic impact on his campaign.  

How Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Complicate GOP Opposition to Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

Wall Street Journal
March 16, 2016

Two important things happened in the last 24 hours:Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took significant striedes towards wrapping up their respective parties' presidential nomination, and Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and the Republican Establishment's Last Stand

Wall Street Journal
March 10, 2016

Watching the Republican establishment trying to decide between Donald Trump andTed Cruz is like watching Barack Obama trying to choose between Bashar al-Assad andIslamic State.  

Political Guru: Partners Should Push Politicans to Middle Ground on Trade, Immigration

March 9, 2016

Solution providers should use their influence within their customer base and business community to push for immigration and trade policies that benefit the IT sector. That's the message from a renowned political expert speaking to IT professionals during a keynote address at XChange Solution Provider 2016 in Los Angeles on Wednesday. 

Mary and Edith and Marco and Ted: Column

USA Today
March 7, 2016

The crumbling of a long-dominant political order in the face of a populist assault can be a riveting spectacle. And as savvy television executives have learned, it can also make for excellent ratings, whether that class conflict occurs on cable networks covering the 2016 presidential campaign — or on public television, chronicling a fading British aristocracy on weekly episodes of the just-concluded series Downton Abbey.

On Less Crowded Debate Stage, Donald Trump's Weaknesses Stand Out

Wall Street Journal
March 4, 2016

If Donald Trump does not become the Republican nominee for president, his single biggest error will have been not paying several of the departed candidates to stay in the race. Mr. Trump had his second consecutive poor debate performance Thursday night, primarily because there has been nowhere for him to hide.  

Super Tuesday: What Political Analysts Are Watching

Wall Street Journal
March 1, 2016

For such a big day in the primary schedule, Super Tuesday looks likely to tell us surprisingly little about where the primaries head from here.

A Cherry-Picking Delegate System Sustains Trump and the Others

New York Times 
February 11, 2016

After a sweeping victory in New Hampshire Tuesday night, Donald Trump's path to the Republican nomination is now more plausible than ever. It is also almost entirely outside of his control. 


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