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Fall Football Lecture: Can Math Help Fix Bugs in Democracy?

November 11th, 2017, 12:14pm by Sam Wang

During college football season, the Princeton Alumni Association hosts fall lectures for people who come back to campus for the home games. This morning I gave the pregame lecture for the Yale game. My topic: can math help repair partisan gerrymandering and the Electoral College? Great audience, great questions. There is no video available. However, [...]

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Making Every Vote Count: Election reform and the National Popular Vote Compact

October 7th, 2017, 11:02am by Sam Wang

.@SamWangPhD was great. He calculates that 1/3 of future POTUS elections will put loser of popular vote in WH, giving 5 states huge power. https://t.co/A8c8h0bYKK — Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 7, 2017 This morning I was on CNN (watch it here) with Mike Smerconish to talk about replacing the Electoral College with a national popular [...]

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Politics & Polls: Charlottesville and our broken public discourse

August 17th, 2017, 12:09pm by Sam Wang

The route between public outrage and consequences for President Trump seems quite broken. Why? Julian Zelizer and I chew it over in the new Politics & Polls. The opening is especially lively. Later we get into the regular nerdery.

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Benjamin Wittes on Politics & Polls

July 13th, 2017, 4:52pm by Sam Wang

Benjamin Wittes of Lawfare joined Julian Zelizer and me today on Politics & Polls. He gave us an unsparing look at potential crimes & what the Trump-Russia scandal looks like to the national-security community. Listen: http://wws.princeton.edu/news-and-events/news/item/politics-polls-51-trump-russia-story-benjamin-wittes

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Overcoming your own brain’s bias in the Comey/Trump case

June 7th, 2017, 6:21pm by Sam Wang

Our brains have powerful biases that help us maintain a coherent world view. However, sometimes those biases prevent us from integrating new evidence well. Today, the release of former FBI director James Comey provides an example. Most readers on the left and the right see it as powerful evidence that President Trump attempted to obstruct [...]

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Politics & Polls: Falling Toward Pavement

May 18th, 2017, 1:31pm by Sam Wang

Washington has been hit with a trifecta of catastrophic events in the past week: Trump fires FBI director Comey for investigating Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, then Trump tells secrets to the Russians in the Oval Office, then it emerges that Comey writes memos about all his conversations, including Trump trying to obstruct the [...]

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Authoritarian Government Watch – Update

May 11th, 2017, 7:53pm by Sam Wang

Trump to NBC: "When I decided to [fire Comey], I said to myself, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story." — Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) May 11, 2017 On January 28th, I came up with 10 events that, if they happened, would constitute evidence of an authoritarian government. Now [...]

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What Makes A Presidential Transition Successful?

May 6th, 2017, 8:33am by Sam Wang

On Politics & Polls, Julian and I talk with Chris Lu, director of Barack Obama’s presidential transition team in 2008, and Deputy Secretary of Labor. We talk about both subjects. We got into depth about what makes a transition succeed (Obama) or flounder (Clinton, Trump). Listen to Politics & Polls #42.

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General Petraeus: “This is fine”?

April 13th, 2017, 4:15pm by Sam Wang

For Politics & Polls #39, we were joined by Woodrow Wilson alumnus General David Petraeus. Is the “deep state” a sinister conspiracy, or an institution that prevents insane policies? As Trump brings Syria, North Korea, and Afghanistan to a boil, is it good or bad to have ex-military serve at the highest levels of government? [...]

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Politics & Polls #38: Sarah Kendzior on Trump/Russia

April 9th, 2017, 1:52pm by Sam Wang

Sarah Kendzior was among the first writers to point out Trump’s likely rise, and to trace it to white anger in “flyover country,” a term she gets to use because she lives in Missouri. She writes for the Toronto Globe & Mail, and has a lot to say about the Trump/Russia connection. It was a [...]

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