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Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
We are pleased to present our July issue of the LSE US Centre Newsletter

Please feel free to forward this newsletter on to any colleagues and friends who may be interested in the US Centre and our events and activities.

Centre Highlights

Happy 4th of July! 


The team at the US Centre wishes all our American friends a very happy Fourth of July. 

Whilst celebrating Independence Day, why not take a listen to Emeritus Professor Mick Cox reflect on the United States' and LSE in his lecture "The Yanks Are Coming! LSE in the American Century"?
Centre Director discusses the Special Counsel investigation, the travel ban, and the upcoming Trump-Putin meeting

Amidst another hectic month for American politics, Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz made several media appearances, reflecting on recent developments. Professor Trubowitz appeared on CNBC earlier this month discussing the revelations that President Trump was under investigation for potential obstruction of justice as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

More recently, he appeared on CNBC discussing President Trump's travel ban and its prospects, as well as the upcoming G20 summit where Presidents Trump and Putin will meet for the first time.

To keep up to date with all the US Centre's media engagements, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Discover USAPP, the US Centre's blog! 


LSE USAPP - the American Politics and Policy blog - acts as the US Centre's forum for academics and policymakers from the US, UK, Europe, and the rest of the world to comment on US politics and policy issues. 

The blog's success in providing a home for academic commentary and research on the US is evident, with 80% of the blog's posts being written by academics discussing their recent research findings. With over 660,000 views last year, why not join the blog's growing readership and the ever-important debates on American politics and policy?


To keep up to date with USAPP's latest posts, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
See below for this week's most popular blog posts.
Congratulations, graduates!

Many congratulations to the LSE undergraduate class of 2017, who are due to graduate next week!

If you're heading to the US after graduation, don't miss joining the US Alumni & Friends of LSE chapter.

The AFLSE is a fantastic resource for LSE alumni in the US - being a member grants you access to a growing catalogue of member resources from discounts on journals and financial services to access to social clubs and professional networks.
New from the Ballpark Media Hub

The Ballpark is the LSE US Centre’s media centre encompassing our podcast and US election explainer videos. Follow the Ballpark on Twitter and take a look at all our episodes, explainer videos and extra innings segments here.  

Episode 2.4: The Changing Face of American Conservatism


From the party of Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump, the Republican Party is changing, but what caused these changes and where is American conservatism headed? This episode, we dive into these and other questions about the changing face of Republicans, the GOP, and American conservatism.

This episode features Yuval Levin, Editor of National Affairs magazine and a leading conservative thinker in the US and Alex Sundstrom, member of the organisation Republicans Overseas UK.

Listen to the episode here.
Episode 2.3: Trumpian Foreign Policy

This episode, we’re taking a look at how President Trump’s prioritisation of “America First” will impact foreign policy. What will America’s presence and actions in the world look like during the Trump era?

This episode features Charles Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University and Emmanuelle Blanc, PhD Student in the International Relations Department at LSE.

Listen to the episode here
Popular commentary from the US Centre blog

The Centre's USAPP blog posts at least two articles every weekday, and academic book reviews on Sundays.

In New York, minor-party candidates win elections all the time – because they’re also major-party candidates

Minor parties have a reputation for futility in the United States, but electoral rules in certain parts of the country enable them to survive, thrive, and influence elections. Benjamin Kantack argues that fusion laws, which allow multiple parties to nominate the same candidate, give minor parties in New York the ability to affect the outcomes of close U.S. House of Representatives races.

Read more...
President Trump’s approval ratings are being driven down by his ‘tweetstorms’

Presidential approval ratings are seen as critical to leveraging Congress, and are therefore important to any President who wishes to achieve legislative reform. Traditionally, Presidents have experienced a ‘honeymoon’ of initially high approval ratings – President Trump has bucked this trend with unprecedentedly low approval ratings for a new President. In new analysis, Dan Cassino finds that each of Trump’s ‘tweetstorms’ is costing him nearly one approval point each, indicating that his poor approval ratings are rather self-inflicted.

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This major church-state case makes direct funding of religious organizations more likely

The Supreme Court’s latest church-state decision opens the door to direct funding of religious institutions. Ursula Hackett argues that this phase merely accelerates a decades-long trajectory: rapid expansion of voucher programmes that offer public funds for private (including religious) schools, and the increasing irrelevance of state constitutional bans on such aid.

Read more...
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