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In wake of Cambridge Analytica revelations, new momentum behind Klobuchar’s Honest Ads Act

Last year, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia introduced a bill, called the Honest Ads Act, to regulate online political ads the same way that political ads are regulated on print, TV, and radio — with clear disclosure requirements and a public record of ads.

Travis Ridout
Travis Ridout

Travis Ridout, a Washington State University professor who studies political advertising for the Wesleyan Media Project, says the political moment right now is strongly in favor of fuller disclosure of political advertising. “What the companies are saying is, hey, we’re open to regulation,” he says. “I’m not sure they really want regulation.”

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MinnPost

George Washington’s lessons and the future of political civility

A list of 110 rules of civility became associated with the nation’s first president, George Washington, through a notebook that he assembled as a 13-year-old in 1745. At the time, it was common for students in the colonies to copy lists of social rules and morals. Recent presidents, despite the inevitable divisions in society on their watch, have tended to be conciliators rather than agitators. Donald Trump was an agitator from the start, experts said.

Cornell Clayton
Cornell Clayton

“Beginning with his behavior in the Republican primary debates, continuing through the general election, and now in the White House, Donald Trump had not just ignored but delighted in breaking the norms of civil political behavior,” said Cornell W. Clayton, director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University and author of Civility and Democracy in America: A Reasonable Understanding.

Examples of Trump acting outside of shared norms for modern presidents include his taunting nicknames for political opponents (“Little Marco,” “Lyin’ Ted”), his chants of “lock her up” against defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and his consistent exaggerations and falsehoods, scholars said.

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Politifact

Foley speaker: Take a deeper look at sexual violence

Paris professor gives insight into international sexual/gender-based violence

An influx of funding to prevent sexual/gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo may just be scratching the surface of a problem with a deeply complex undercurrent, said Jane Freedman, a professor of politics at the Universite de Paris 8 in Paris who spoke on the issue Monday afternoon as part of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service’s ongoing Coffee & Politics series at Washington State University Pullman

Gender-based violence, Freedman said, was first brought to the United Nations Security Council’s table at the start of the millennium, when it passed Resolution 1325, considered a landmark resolution for acknowledging the disproportionate impact of war on women in the form of sexual violence.

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Moscow-Pullman Daily News

Built off the legacy of her mother, a daughter earns two degrees

WSU graduate wants to change the world through policy.

Jessica DoJessica Do walked away from Washington State University on Saturday with two degrees, a hefty résumé and a couple of internships under her belt. And despite the multiple tries it took to find the right majors—sociology and political science—the 21-year-old graduated a semester early.

For Do, the motivation to succeed comes from several sources: her mentors, her breathing, her mother. In fact, it was her mother’s immigration to the U.S. from Vietnam that most inspired Do to make something great of her life.

“She just wanted a better life for all her children, and I just wanted to make her proud,” Do said. “I don’t want to disregard everything that she’s worked hard for to come to America, and not contribute to society.”

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Moscow-Pullman Daily News

WSU professor: Don’t get spooked by nukes

Expert tries to calm fears, raises concerns about North Korean nuclear crisis

Threat of a nuclear attack on the United States by North Korea may sound scarier than anything Halloween could bring, but Washington State University professor Thomas Preston believes the threat to the U.S. is not as scary as some might think.

Tom PrestonPreston, a C.O. Johnson Distinguished Professor of political science at WSU, shared his thoughts on the North Korean nuclear crisis in a continuation of the Foley Institute’s Coffee and Politics Series on Tuesday afternoon on the WSU campus.

When his book “From Lambs to Lions: Future Security Relationships in a World of Biological and Nuclear Weapons” was published in 2007, Preston said North Korea was then early on in its proliferation of nuclear weapons. Since then, Preston said, the country has developed more redundant capabilities.

The real threat, currently, is to North Korea’s neighbors. Half of South Korea’s population is located within 25 miles of the Korean Demilitarized Zone – that’s closer than Lewiston is to Pullman, Preston said. And besides its nuclear capabilities, North Korea has a large chemical weapons arsenal and a biological weapons program to boot.

Preston said people should keep those facts in mind when pondering why the U.S. does not just attack North Korea. More than 16 million people could be at risk of North Korea’s capabilities, Preston said, and a new Korean war could cause an estimated 1 million casualties.

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Moscow-Pullman Daily News