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Vanderbilt expert on what to expect when you’re expecting a government shutdown

Dec. 7, 2017—Congress has given itself until Dec. 22 to produce a new budget, but Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of political science, says that's not a guarantee that a deal will be made. Here's what he's going to be watching for.

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Election 2016: Bruce Oppenheimer, 10.19.16

Oct. 19, 2016—This Osher Lifelong Learning course will examine the upcoming 2016 elections from every angle. We will look at the effects of political advertising as well as the changing art of political polling in an era when people avoid taking surveys. We will examine the potentially historic effects this election might have on the U.S. Congress...

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Robert Birkby, a Vanderbilt student favorite, has died

Mar. 15, 2016—Vanderbilt is mourning the death of political science professor Robert H. Birkby, a popular teacher and respected administrator.

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Congress in danger of losing relevancy as presidents work around it

Jan. 28, 2016—By obstructing most legislation President Obama sends its way, Congress has weakened rather than exercised its power, says a Vanderbilt University political expert.

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Vanderbilt expert: Corker taking judicious approach toward Iran

Apr. 8, 2015—Media Note: Vanderbilt has a 24/7 TV and radio studio. The studio is free for Vanderbilt experts, other than reserving fiber time. More information » U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is working to protect congressional prerogative on any nuclear agreement with Iran while avoiding the grandstanding tactics of some of his Senate colleagues, a...

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Maraniss returns to teach at Vanderbilt during spring 2015 semester

Nov. 12, 2014—Two lucky classes--on the Vietnam War and political biography--will get instruction from Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss in the spring.

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Vanderbilt experts can speak about election results

Nov. 5, 2014—John Geer, Marc Hetherington and Bruce Oppenheimer of Vanderbilt University are available to comment on the Nov. 4 election.

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No surprise: Women worked behind the scenes to secure agreement

Oct. 17, 2013—Alan Wiseman's research shows that women lawmakers, particularly ones in the minority party, are more effective than their male counterparts when it comes to negotiating and getting things done--as they did to end the government shutdown.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt professor calls government shutdown ‘policy extortion’

Oct. 1, 2013—Political scientist Bruce Oppenheimer is available to talk about the government shutdown.

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TVA privatization might benefit consumers, expert says

Apr. 15, 2013—If the Tennessee Valley Authority goes private, utility customers could benefit if risks and incentives are better aligned than under the current approach, according to a Vanderbilt law professor. The prospect of selling off the public utility has been raised by the Obama administration in a call for a strategic review.

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Viability of possible TVA sale in question

Apr. 11, 2013—The Obama administration launched a “modest shot across the bow” with a call for a strategic review that includes consideration of a possible sale of the Tennessee Valley Authority, according to Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University.

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Writer David Maraniss to teach at Vanderbilt during spring 2013 semester

Oct. 30, 2012—Famed writer David Maraniss will co-teach a course, Presidential Biographies, next semester, and also a Commons seminar for first-year students, Reading and Writing about Sports and American Life.

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