Election 2016

  • Pell Center Study Warns Russia Threat is Bigger than the 2016 Election

    Newport, RI – Vladimir Putin’s Russia is engaged in a well-financed and determined campaign to undermine democratic political and social institutions as well as international alliances, and to remove resistance to Russia’s foreign policy objectives. Russia has the motive and the means to do so, according to a new report from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University. “Shatter the House of Mirrors” is based on the proceedings of a closed … Read More

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    Trump, de Tocqueville, and Loyalty: Picks of the Week

    The Emails of Donald Trump, Jr. | New York Times Conspiracy or Coincidence: A Timeline Open to Interpretation | The New York Times Trump Revives his Playbook for Fighting Government Probes | Politico In late January of 2017, just a week after being sworn into office, President Donald Trump invited then-FBI Director James Comey to dinner at the White House.  In private accounts and in public testimony, Comey described his … Read More

  • Word Cloud of Trump's tweets related to Russia from January to May in 2017

    Donald Trump: Strategic Communicator

    The first four months of the Trump presidency have been characterized by fast-moving news that often feels chaotic.  This week alone, the former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified to Congress that she had warned the White House that Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first National Security Advisory, was potentially compromised by Russia.  That same morning, the country learned that former-President Barack Obama warned President-elect Trump about hiring Flynn.  Then, … Read More

  • Now What? A Discussion of the Election Results

    The election of 2016 will be one for the ages. Pitting a billionaire businessman against the first female candidate nominated for president by a major political party, the campaign has been a wild ride. As the dust settles, join a distinguished panel of scholars and journalists as we try to make sense of the campaign, understand the fissures it revealed in the American body-politic, and look-ahead to the policy and … Read More

  • Can the Vote Really Be Hacked? Picks of the Week

    No, the presidential election can’t be hacked | CNN US election machine technology is out of date, expert say | CNBC How Clinton, Trump Could Champion Cybersecurity | Dark Reading Although we are aware of the efforts by the Russian government to discredit American democracy and interfere with the election, the chance that a malicious actor can carry out a hack that would change the outcome of the presidential election … Read More

  • We Know What a Fair Election Looks Like

    In a remarkable election season, with one candidate speaking frequently about voter fraud and “rigged” elections, we asked an experienced international election observer how we would know if the election was fair.  Here is his response. Standing amidst the rubble of war, a woman stood against a cold and bitter wind. I asked the woman why she stood patiently waiting in a line with hundreds of her neighbors. “I have … Read More

  • A Republic, If You’ll Keep It: Picks of the Week

    How Russia Pulled Off the Biggest Election Hack in U.S. History | Esquire Steve Bannon’s Vision for the Trump Coalition After Election Day | The New Yorker Donald Trump’s Contempt for Democracy | The New York Times Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S. | The New York Times The United States is currently the target of a Russian information operation—of this there is no doubt.  From … Read More

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    Hacking the Election

    “Four decades ago, breaking into the files of the Democratic National Committee meant burglarizing the headquarters at the Watergate hotel. Today’s spies and saboteurs can breach the DNC’s computer network far more quietly … [and] the DNC breach may not be the last hack of the 2016 election season.” – WIRED In recent years, state-sponsored hackers and proxies have breached targets from the White House to the State Department to … Read More

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    Debate Watch: Clinton vs. Trump

    Join the Pell Center staff and friends for a spirited discussion and to watch the final debate. We will survey the audience before and after the debate to see how opinions have changed.

  • October 2016: “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square”

    This weekend, “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square” hosts G. Wayne Miller and Jim Ludes welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis to the show. In this episode, Zyglis talks about a cartoonist’s unique form of storytelling and the wide range of topics he has covered in his dozen years of professional cartooning. He has tackled everything from national and international politics, to the environment, to sports, to … Read More

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