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Fox & Hounds, July 25, 2014 - Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy, authored an article "Higher Energy Costs Matter More for Some," wherein he discusses California's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, which has and will drive up the state's energy prices as a result. Read the article.

The Daily Caller, July 25, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "Obama's Favorite Foreign Policy Republican: Rand Paul," wherein he discusses the foreign policy of potential Republican Party 2016 nominee, Rand Paul, whose views most closely resemble President Obama's. Read the op-ed.

July 25, 2014, Video: School of Public Policy alumna Kati Koster (MPP '12), was mentioned in President Barack Obama's speeah at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College on July 24. The president shared Koster's story as he spoke on the importance of job-driven skills training. Watch the video.

C-SPAN2 BookTV, July 23, 2014 - Angela Hawken, associate professor of public policy and James Q. Wilson Fellow, is the coauthor of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (2012). Hawken sat down with Book TV to talk about the pros and cons of marijuana legalization. Her episode will air several times on C-SPAN2's BookTV beginning on July26 at 4:30 p.m. ET. View air times.

July 21, 2014, Video: Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy, presented his study that examines the impact of energy policy on job growth in Los Angeles, released by The Valley Industry Commerce Association (VICA) on July 15. View the video.

The Daily Caller, July 21, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "What Reagan Would Have Done About The Malaysian Airliner," wherein he compares President Reagan's response after Soviet fighter aircraft downed a Korean civilian airliner on September 1, 1983, with Obama's reaction after pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, killing all 298 aboard. Kaufman further discusses its effect on Putin's efforts to resurrect the old Soviet Empire across East Central Europe. Read the op-ed.

San Diego Union Tribune, July 21, 2014 - Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy, was quoted in an article, "Climate Plan Faces New Challenges: Gas Prices," wherein he discusses how Californians might be trapped by fuel and electricity costs rising in tandem, due to state clean air regulators getting ready to extend a cap on greenhouse gas emissions to motor fuels in the transportation sector. Read the article.

Los Angeles Daily News, July 18, 2014 - Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "Reduce Emissions While Protecting Southern California Jobs," wherein Shires explains that a growing share of rising energy costs is the direct result of the state's policies to curb greenhouse gas emissions through emission limits and growing renewable portfolios. Read the op-ed.

Campus Reform, July 17, 2014 - Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy, was quoted in an article, "STUDY: California Environmental Regulations Have Destroyed the Economy," wherein Shires discusses how the high cost of doing business in California drives businesses to neighboring states, destroying its economy. The findings are found in a report authored by Shires and commissioned by the Valley Industry Commerce Association. Read the article.

The Daily Caller, July 16, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "The Disaster of the Obama Presidency," wherein he states the U.S. requires a regime change, including a Republican Congress, in order to recover from the downfalls of the Obama Administration. Read the op-ed.

Daily Breeze, July 15, 2014 - Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy, was quoted in an article, "Report: California's Environmental Policies Weaken Business Climate," which highlights the new findings in a report by Shires, released by the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. The report finds that California's high energy costs and environmental initiatives pushing green energy are making it more expensive for businesses to operate in the state. Read the article.

July 16, 2014, Podcast: Angela Hawken, associate professor of public policy and James Q. Wilson Fellow, participated in a policy discussion on criminal justice for the Pardee RAND Commencement Weekend Policy Dialogue, moderated by Susan L. Marquis, dean of the Pardee Rand Graduate School. Listen to the podcast.

The Daily Caller, July 14, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "In Academia, Neorealism Is Dangerous," wherein he focuses on Professor Stephen Walt of Harvard University who offers a neorealist theory of international relations and has a propensity to delegitimize, discredit and silence contrary opinion. Kaufman states that Walt desires nothing less than to deprive neoconservatives of a prominent place in American political discourse. Read the op-ed.

July 14, 2014, Michael Shires, associate professor public policy, will be presenting his report that examines the impact of energy policy on job growth in Los Angeles, on June 15, as part of the Valley Industry Commerce Association's (VICA) Newsmaker Connection series.

July 9, 2014, The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy has partnered with The Village Square to offer a new grant for California municipalities and civic organizations to bring a unique public engagement program to their communities. The program will seek to improve civic dialogue around polarizing issues and to maintain a constructive relationship between government and citizens around various issues for years to come. Read more.


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