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Newest GOP women Congress members are ‘in the mold of Trump,’ CSUSB professor says
Jan. 26, 2021

Meredith Conroy, CSUSB associate professor of political science and contributor to FiveThirtyEight, was interviewed for an article about the historic number of Republican women who assumed Congressional office this month in the 117th Congress, with 17 first-time inductees in the House of Representatives. The article discussed their political leanings in regards to former President Donald Trump — the Trumpists, the Pro-Trumpers, the Trump-Skeptic Conservatives, the Trump-Skeptic Moderates, and the Anti-Trumpers — which highlighted how the GOP had morphed and schismed during his administration. 

“The new class of women seems to be in the mold of Trump,” said Conroy, who’s covered the rise of GOP women for FiveThirtyEight. “This makes sense... it is difficult to run as a woman in the party of Trump."

Read the complete article at “Every new GOP congresswoman, explained in one sentence each.”

Election of Proud Boy member to a county GOP leadership committee shows how far-right extremist groups mainstream themselves, CSUSB professor says
The Sacramento Bee
Jan. 26, 2021

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said Jeffrey Erik Perrine’s election to Sacramento County’s Republican Central Committee was an example of other efforts by far-right groups to “mainstream” their groups into political discourse. The committee has told him to resign from the post or face expulsion.

The Proud Boys gained notoriety last summer when then-President Donald Trump was asked about them during a debate and said he would urge them to “stand back and stand by.”

Read the complete article at “Sacramento GOP reverses course, demands resignation of Proud Boy member.”

KCRW, a public radio station in Los Angeles, cited Levin’s comments in its segment about Perrine, which aired early on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Biden faces pressure to ‘maintain pressure on Iran,’ CSUSB professor says

Press TV

Jan. 24, 2021

David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment on comments by Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi’s that Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 multinational agreement regulating Iran’s nuclear program, will not be renegotiated.

Former President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement in May 2018, saying he wanted to renegotiate a stronger deal, and imposed economic sanctions on Iran to try to force it back to the negotiating table. With the new administration of President Joseph Biden – who was vice president in Barack Obama’s administration, which brought about adoption of the JCPOA – comes the possibility that the U.S. would rejoin the deal and lift sanctions.

Yaghoubian said that there was a “personal debt” between Biden, Obama and Obama’s U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, would be a motivating factor to rejoin the agreement. Yet, he said, the Biden administration is also facing pressure from the outside “to maintain some sort of pressure on Iran.”

He added, “I do think that Iran, sticking to its very principled approach to the JCPOA, and repeating facts, is necessary to, say, push American political elites past this psychological barrier that they seem to maintain.”

Watch the complete segment at “Iran's deputy FM: No renegotiation of JCPOA.”

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