Rudalevige in Washington Post: What Did Founding Fathers Think of the Press?

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What role does the news media play in the functioning of the US government? “The principle of a free press is a cornerstone of the Bill of Rights,” wrote Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige in the Washington Post political science blog The Monkey Cage.

Every week over the summer The Monkey Cage is publishing an episode of Founding Principles, a series of short videos presented by Rudalevige explaining how American government works. The latest episode—the seventh—examines the role of the media in government and how that has changed over the years.

Conor Williams ’05: How New Federal Education Law Can Help English Learners (The 74)

Conor Williams ’05

Education policy pundit Conor Williams ’05 said the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act has the potential to better serve English language learners. Writing in The 74 (a nonprofit news site that specializes in educational matters), he described how ESSA, “which replaced the much-maligned No Child Left Behind,” gives states more flexibility in how they help those learners.

Williams singled out three states in particular for making “good use of their newfound flexibility.” Read more in The 74.

Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on Trump’s Staffing Challenges (Washington Post)

Andrew Rudalevige

Andrew Rudalevige

As confirmation hearings get underway in Washington to decide on Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments, the president-elect faces an even greater challenge in staffing the rest of his executive bureaucracy, writes Andy Rudalevige in The Washington Post.

Commenting in his regular Monkey Cage blog, Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, said  Cabinet office appointments “represent just the tip of the executive branch iceberg,” with more than four thousand posts needing to be filled by the president, including “about 800 executive-level positions.”

Fake News, and How to Avoid It (LA Times)

Social media256The 2016 Presidential election was replete with fake news stories promulgated by social media—the President-elect himself has even retweeted fake statistics. Melissa Zimdars, assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College, has compiled a list of “false, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical ‘news’ sources” for those who wish to rid their newsfeed of misinformation. Zimdars also provides tips for those who wish to identify fake news. Read the list here.