Science the Messenger Gagged

November 1, 2012
Science the Messenger Gagged

COSTAS SYNOLAKIS, professor of environmental enginering, Viterbi School of Engineering.

This op-ed originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

It is impossible to predict earthquakes with the precision that would have helped the 300 people who died as a result of the earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, on April 6, 2009. It is equally difficult, apparently, to predict court decisions. After a 13-month trial, six scientists and one government official were sentenced to six years in jail Monday for giving authorities information...

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Can a Legislature Run by California Democrats Clean Up the Mess

October 31, 2012
Can a Legislature Run by California Democrats Clean Up the Mess

SHERRY BEBITCH JEFFE, fellow, USC Price School of Public Policy, and DOUGLAS JEFFE.

This op-ed originally appeared at Reuters.

California is on the verge of becoming a one-party state — but policy gridlock isn’t going anywhere soon. Democrats now hold all the statewide offices and have a shot Tuesday at achieving two-thirds majorities in the Legislature. Yet they are far from being able to unilaterally resolve California’s fiscal logjam. For the past decade, California’s fiscal picture has been awash in red ink,...

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The Self-Loathing Congress

October 25, 2012
The Self-Loathing Congress

DAN SCHNUR, director of USC's Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics.

This op-ed originally appeared at Politico.

We’ve become accustomed to the fact that the American people don’t like Congress. But what happens when even Congress doesn’t like Congress anymore? Answer: They go home. Members of Congress are so fed up with gridlock, they are leaving the body in droves. In the past four years alone, almost two dozen incumbents have thrown up their hands and decided not to seek reelection, a...

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Why Does CEO Mean White Male?

October 18, 2012
Why Does CEO Mean White Male?

K.C. COLE, professor of journalism, USC Annenberg.

This op-ed originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 18.

A pedestrian holding a map approaches you and asks for directions. You engage in a short conversation, which is briefly interrupted when two workers walk between you carrying a door. A second later, you continue your conversation. What you don't notice is that the pedestrian is now someone else. Yep, that's right: A different person took his place when the door passed...

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The Medicare Disadvantage

October 16, 2012
The Medicare Disadvantage

DANA GOLDMAN, director of USC's Schaeffer Center, ADAM LEIVE, graduate student at University of Pennsylvania and DANIEL MCFADDEN, senior fellow, Schaeffer Center.

This op-ed originally appeared at the New York Times.

One question at the center of the Medicare debate is whether private insurance companies have a future role to play in the huge federal program. Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget proposal gives private health plans a starring role in the form of a voucher program. But some economists...

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