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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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Amicus Brief in Gill v. Whitford

August 30th, 2017, 10:39pm by Sam Wang

Today I filed a brief in the S.Ct. gerrymandering case with some of the best elections scholars in the country. https://t.co/2Wm43rrnEK — Heather Gerken (@GerkenHeather) August 31, 2017 Today we submitted our amicus brief (read the PDF) in the case of Gill v. Whitford. The authors are Heather Gerken, Jonathan N. Katz, Gary King, Larry Sabato, [...]

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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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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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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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Post-November Optimism Crashes After Failure of ACA Repeal

April 4th, 2017, 5:03pm by Sam Wang

Light posting these last few months. Spring term is busy. But hey, there’s always the podcast, which is not bad. Today I post this somewhat underappreciated survey quantity, the right-track/wrong-track question. It asks whether respondents think the United States is on the right track or wrong track. This survey has been in consistently negative territory for [...]

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Politics & Polls #36: Science, Politics, and the War on Knowledge

March 23rd, 2017, 4:41pm by Sam Wang

A President who denies that CO2 causes climate change, and who believes the falsehood that vaccines cause autism. A climate change denier at the Environmental Protection Agency. No national science adviser. And deep cuts are proposed to the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, and other research programs. What’s going on? Julian Zelizer [...]

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Politics & Polls #35: Intellectual Foundations of the Trumpist Movement

March 19th, 2017, 3:32pm by Sam Wang

In the summer of 2015, Julius Krein started an online blog called the Journal of American Greatness. A bit tongue-in-cheek at the time, it has morphed into something more serious: a journal called American Affairs. Julian Zelizer and I find out from Krein what he thinks are the defensible intellectual pillars of Trumpism. Amazingly, one [...]

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Politics & Polls #34: How (Ab)normal is the Trump presidency?

March 9th, 2017, 10:08am by Sam Wang

We’re almost halfway through Trump’s first 100 days in office. There’s been a lot of heat, noise – and executive orders. But not legislation. Is this abnormal? Or is it par for the course? Julian Zelizer and I drill into these questions, inspired by a recent article in The Upshot. Listen! Link: http://bit.ly/PoliticsAndPolls34

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