Category: College of General Studies

MA governor’s race: Who has the edge leading up to Election Day?

October 21st, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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Why Peyton Manning’s TD Record Isn’t The Best Measure Of His Hall Of Fame Career

October 20th, 2014 in 2014, Andy Andres, College of General Studies, International Business Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andy Andres, College of General Studies

From a purist’s perspective, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s record-setting 510 touchdown passes are skewed by the fact that he played his entire career in an era of unprecedented success for passing offenses throughout the NFL…

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“I think when you look at that total career touchdown pass number, it’s skewed toward newer folks. It’s really a big difference when you just count the number of touchdowns because [today’s NFL] is definitely more of a passing game.  Current quarterbacks are going to get a lot more touchdowns when you just add everything up.”

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Do US presidents carry cash and credit cards?

October 18th, 2014 in 2014, BBC, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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It’s commonly said the Queen doesn’t carry cash. It seems her American counterpart doesn’t get his wallet out too much either. Barack Obama told an audience that his credit card was rejected in a New York restaurant last month: “It turned out, I guess, I don’t use it enough.” During his term in office, Bill Clinton once had his credit card rejected too

Expert quote:

“Everything’s provided for them – they really don’t need money.  John F Kennedy didn’t carry any cash at all, even before he was president. His friends would have to foot the bill for the privilege of hanging out with him.”

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Experts Media Alert: Ebola and Politics

October 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, College of General Studies, Experts Media Alert, News Releases, Tom Whalen, William Keylor 0 comments

The death of the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with Ebola has thrust the disease into the political arena. In September, while speaking to the Center for Disease Control, President Obama said it was “unlikely” that anyone with Ebola would be able to enter the U.S. Several 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls are now saying that Obama hasn’t done enough to keep the disease out of the U.S.

Even some Democrats are concerned that the president has not had an appropriate response to what should be done.

Boston University experts are available to discuss these issues, as well as airport screening and travel bans of people coming to the U.S. from West Africa, and the impact of Ebola on the political stability of the world.

KeylorWilliam Keylor is a professor of international relations and history in BU’s Pardee School of Global Studies. An expert in American foreign policy, he is the author of A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945. He recently discussed  what role the U.S. should take in the Ebola outbreak and the repercussions of a travel ban in light of the virus with Fox 25 News. Keylor can be reached at 617-358-0197 or wrkeylor@bu.edu.

 

whalen-150x150Tom Whalen is a political historian and an expert on American politics and the American presidency. His most recent book is JFK and His Enemies. Whalen can be reached at 617-353-4785 or tjw64@bu.edu.

 

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Baker & Coakley spar on child protection efforts

October 6th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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Independents Evan Falchuk, Jeff McCormick struggle to break through in gubernatorial race

October 5th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Springfield Republican, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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At a recent gubernatorial forum with human service workers, independent Evan Falchuk stood out for his aggressive criticism of his opponents…

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“You have to have a lot of money, and why would you do that if you’ll end up losing?”

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Casino gambling

October 3rd, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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Poll: Tisei, Moulton in dead heat for 6th District spot

September 29th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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A poll last week on behalf of Republican Richard Tisei has Tisei and Democrat Seth Moulton in a dead heat in the race for the 6th Congressional District, but some analysts are skeptical of the findings…

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“You have to take this with a grain of salt.”

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Attorney general the job no one wants?

September 27th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, The Hill, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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The White House faces a bruising battle on Capitol Hill to confirm a successor to Attorney General Eric Holder. But first, it may face an even higher hurdle: finding someone who wants the job…

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“It’s fraught with political difficulty. If you’re going to be prosecuting people in your own party, you’re going to make a lot of enemies. Someone like [Massachusetts Gov. Deval] Patrick [D] is politically savvy enough to realize there’s nothing to be gained.”

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The next ‘top cop’? Race to replace Holder begins

September 25th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, FoxNews.com, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation announcement has set off a flurry of speculation over who might replace him – and, perhaps more importantly, who could survive the bruising confirmation process on Capitol Hill…

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“Attorney generals tend to be consigliere, people who defend the president’s interests first. That is why the president usually picks someone who is a close friend who is beyond doubt loyal to him or her. Deval Patrick fits that to a T.”

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