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Targeting the biggest cybersecurity threat to voting in the 2020 election

Voting is the staple of democracy and has been done in person in the United States since its founding. While the controversy over the integrity of mail-in votes continues, never in our country’s history has voting in person been more fraught with p...

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– Tulane University

Trump must contend with a mobilized religious left, new research finds

With the 2020 presidential election on the near horizon, Notre Dame sociologist Kraig Beyerlein discusses what he and his co-researcher learned about the political engagement of U.S. congregations — and how that may impact results on Nov. 3.

– University of Notre Dame

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Momentum of unprecedented Chilean uprising stalled by COVID-19 pandemic

The uprising that erupted in fall 2019 in Chile against the post-dictatorship government may be diminished by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

New Labor Forum, Sept-2020

The Long Road to Post-Pandemic Recovery

Following the 6-month economic lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey is unlikely to experience a job resurgence anytime soon, according to the August 2020 Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON) forecast.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

August 2020 Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON)

Study Suggests Financial Holdings Influenced Key Votes For House Lawmakers

A recent study found strong associations between the financial holdings of legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives and how those lawmakers voted on key financial legislation.

– North Carolina State University

Legislative Studies Quarterly, Aug-2020

Governments must ‘change the way the economy works’ after Covid-19 pandemic, says OECD-commissioned report

Leading economists call on governments to go ‘beyond growth’ and radically reorient economic policy

– University of Sheffield


Study suggests financial holdings influenced key votes for house lawmakers

A recent study found strong associations between the financial holdings of legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives and how those lawmakers voted on key financial legislation.

– North Carolina State University

Legislative Studies Quarterly

New Tool to Analyze Political Advertising on Facebook Reveals Massive Discrepancies in Party Spending on Presidential Contest

Developed by Damon McCoy and Laura Edelson of NYU Tandon, with GW's IDDP, the newly launched, first-of-its-kind tool, the NYU Ad Observatory, is designed to help reporters and others analyze political ads on Facebook ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections....

– New York University

NYU Tandon Online Transparency Project

Georgetown Global Health Center Issues Pandemic Preparedness Report and COVID-19 Lessons

In a new report commissioned by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), Georgetown global health experts say the success of any effort to redress pandemic preparedness failures demonstrated by COVID-19 requires a re-centering of governance t...

– Georgetown University Medical Center

Center for Global Health Science and Security

Real-time estimates show poverty rose after government benefits expired

Research from Notre Dame shows poverty rose a full percentage point from 9.4 percent in the period from April to June to 10.4 percent for July and August.

– University of Notre Dame

National Bureau of Economic Research

Facebook political ads more partisan, less negative than TV

More political candidates may be shifting primarily to social media to advertise rather than TV, according to a study of advertising trends from the 2018 campaign season.

– Washington State University

American Political Science Review


President Trump Tweets Doctored Video of Opponent, Edited to Replace Audio to Make it Appear that Vice President Biden Plays Controversial Song "F*** the Police" by 90s Rap Group NWA at Campaign Event

Biden actually played the 2019 hit "Despacito"

– Newswise

Fact-checking William Barr: Is your vote no longer secret with mail-in ballots?

Attorney General William Barr has become one of the staunchest supporters of the President's campaign against mail-in voting. Speaking in Phoenix on Thursday, Barr continued to push false and negative narratives about mail-in voting.

– Newswise

Trump Reprises Inaccurate COVID-19 Comparisons with Europe

In a series of recent appearances, President Donald Trump continued to wrongly insist that the U.S. compares favorably with Europe on both coronavirus cases and deaths.

– Newswise

Does a New Study Give Evidence that the Coronavirus Was Made In a Lab?

Scientists in a new paper make strong claims regarding evidence that the COVID-19 virus did not originate in nature—the prevailing theory—but instead was made in a lab. According to six leading experts in evolutionary biology and infectious disea...

– Newswise

Biden’s False Attacks on Trump’s Social Security ‘Plan’

A Biden campaign TV ad falsely claims that a government analysis of President Donald Trump’s “planned cuts to Social Security” shows that “if Trump gets his way, Social Security benefits will run out in just three years from now.”

– Newswise

Fact-checking President Trump's claims that CA, other states to blame for wildfires due to states' bad forest management, and his assertions that climate change is not a factor

President Donald Trump, in a briefing on Western wildfires on Monday, continued to reject the role of climate change in California’s fire season and blamed California and other states for not managing forest land properly.

– Newswise

Vice Presidential Vacancy Isn’t Automatically Filled by House Speaker

A viral Facebook post wrongly suggests that if Joe Biden were to become president and later step down, Nancy Pelosi would become vice president. The Constitution says the vice president would become president and nominate a replacement; Congress must...

– Newswise

Clarifying Trump’s 80 million ‘unsolicited’ ballots claim

With 54 days until the Nov. 3 presidential election, President Donald Trump said on Twitter ( here ) and Facebook ( here ) on Thursday that 80 million mail-in ballots were being sent to voters who had not requested them, calling the situation “unfa...

– Newswise

Biden's statement that "“More cops have died from COVID this year than have been killed on patrol” is true

Biden's statement that "“More cops have died from COVID this year than have been killed on patrol” is true

– Newswise

Policy and Public Affairs

Rheumatology Leaders and Patient Advocates Urge Congress to Address Care Challenges Exacerbated by COVID-19 During Advocates for Arthritis

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) will hold its first virtual Advocates for Arthritis event on Tuesday, Sept. 15, where more than 120 rheumatologists, rheumatology health professionals, and patient advocates will meet with lawmakers via vide...

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Expert Pitch

International political economist available to comment on Trump administration’s TikTok, WeChat ban

– Indiana University

WeChat, TikTok Ban ‘Signals U.S., Chinese Internets Drifting Apart,’ and this is Bad for the Global Economy

– University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

University of Redlands ethics professor says Journalist Bob Woodward made the right call, considered the greater good

– University of Redlands

FDA Guidance Fails to Ensure Security of 3D-Printed Masks and PPE

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Experts: Unprecedented Challenges Confront 2020 Election

– University at Albany, State University of New York

Middle East deal underscores foreign policy chasms in region

– Cornell University

New National Poll: American’s Trust In Leaders and Institutions Declines During COVID-19 Pandemic

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Experts Available to Discuss Reaching Gen Z, College Students During 2020 Race

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Experts Available to Comment on 2020 Presidential Race & Campaign Issues

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Second stimulus bill needed to prevent additional job losses

– Cornell University

Rutgers Senate Expert Available to Discuss Key Election Races

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rigged election? Partisans view threats to election integrity differently

– Washington University in St. Louis





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