Category: McClatchy Newspapers

Convention to test whether Bill Clinton still has magic touch

McClatchy Newspapers John Carroll, College of Communication Selling Barack Obama was easy. Tuesday, Bill Clinton faces a more difficult challenge: selling Hillary Clinton as a future president… Expert quote:“There is something strange that happens when Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife. For some reason, he loses some of his political equilibrium and political sure-footedness when […]

Does Clinton’s email use matter?

McClatchy Newspapers Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication The mixed FBI judgment on Hillary Clinton’s email practices — that she’d shown extreme carelessness in her handling of classified information but not enough to merit criminal charges — left Democratic Party loyalists in a familiar place: relieved, exasperated and yet hopeful, with fingers crossed, that once again […]

Christian conservatives, and Southern politics, fear they’re under siege

McClatchy Newspapers Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences Inside the Sunshine Coin Laundry near the Piggly Wiggly supermarket, Lagretta Ellington removed her family’s clothes from one of the large dryers and began to neatly fold them on a nearby table… Expert quote: “You don’t have to be a cynic to see ways in which […]

Secret videos in abortion wars are nothing new

McClatchy Newspapers George Annas, School of Public Health The undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials matter-of-factly discussing the sale of fetal tissue and organs may feel like a new political scandal, but the controversy and the hidden-camera reporting that sparked it are both well-worn political retreads… Expert quote:“This report on fetal tissue sales from 2000 […]

Obama promises weapons, ‘iron-clad’ pledge to protect Gulf nations against Iran

McClatchy Newspapers Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he would streamline weapon sales and increase joint military exercises with Persian Gulf allies as part of an “iron-clad commitment” that the United States will help protect them against their neighbor and rival Iran… Expert […]

Is bitcoin the wave of the future or a dangerous fad?

McClatchy Newspapers Mark Williams, School of Management As customers ate lunch at a popular restaurant in Washington’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, few had any inkling they were on the front lines of an international monetary war that’s featured FBI raids, the Deep Web, allegations of money laundering and millions vanishing in a nanosecond… Expert quote: “The underlying […]

Richard Burr, incoming head of Senate intelligence, plans scrutiny of CIA

McClatchy Newspapers Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences U.S. Sen. Richard Burr says he plans a new approach to keeping close tabs on the nation’s spy agencies when he becomes chairman of the Senate committee that’s charged with making sure the intelligence community operates within the law… Expert quote: “The advantage of real-time oversight […]

China’s Xi begins 2nd trip to Latin America, in sign of expanding role

McClatchy Newspapers Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday starts his second lengthy trip to Latin America in barely more than a year, showering attention on a region partially neglected by Washington and relishing China’s role as the biggest financier to Latin America… Expert quote: “The China boom lifted […]

Stay classy newscasters: Here’s a behind-the-scenes scoop on the hair and style of real anchormen

McClatchy Newspapers Joe Bergantino, College of Communication Ron Burgundy is “kind of a big deal” – an unequivocal statement coming from the anchorman himself as anticipation builds for his return to the big screen… Expert quote:  “He looked at me and asked if my dark brown hair was my true hair color. I told him […]