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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. 

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. 

 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. 

3 Things Political Strategists Are Watching in New Hampshire Primary Results

Wall Street Journal
February 9, 2016

There’s been a lot of noise about Hillary Clinton working to close the gap with Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, but the polls don’t show it and heavy turnout doesn’t help her.

Takeaways From the New Hampshire Primary Results

Wall Street Journal
February 9, 2016

For the second week in a row, Bernie Sanders received more than 80% of the youth vote. If I recall correctly, he is drawing a higher percentage of 18-to-29-year-old voters than Barack Obama had African-American support in the 2008 primaries. Is there any historical precedent for a candidate dominating a demographic group like this in a contested primary? 

Three Takeaways From the Iowa Caucus Results

Wall Street Journal
February 1, 2016

Marco Rubio finished third in the Iowa caucuses but won the establishment primary Monday night. It’s hard to see how Jeb Bush, John Kasich, or Chris Christie stays competitive going forward. Stopping Ted Cruz won’t be easy.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders for 2015 People of the Year

Wall Street Journal
December 31, 2015

One of the lesser-noticed targets of Donald Trump's outrage this holiday season has been Time Magazine, whose editors chose German Chancellor Angela Merkel as their person of the year. Mr. Trump, who finished behind Ms. Merkel and Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has complained about not being the magazine's choice.

Lindsey Graham Put Party Before Ambition. Who's Next?

Wall Street Journal
December 22, 2015

Lindsey Graham is a smart, thoughtful, and experienced senator and national security expert. Americans are more concerned about terrorism and international geopolitics than they have been in years, which could have made Mr. Graham’s presidential campaign perfectly positioned to help voters understand the difficult choices our leaders must make to confront an increasingly dangerous and menacing threat to U.S. safety.

Donald Trump's Melodrama and Forfeiting Elections

Wall Street Journal
December 08, 2015

Political parties don’t technically forfeit presidential elections. The stakes, of course, are too high. But there is ample precedent in modern political history for the practical equivalent of surrender, times when either the Democrats or Republicans nominated a candidate who was so fundamentally unelectable that they might as well not have bothered.

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