Category Archives: UMW in the News

Farnsworth Publishes Chapter on Late-Night Humor and the 2016 Presidential Campaign

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is co-author of a chapter entitled, “Donald Trump and the Late-Night Political Humor of Campaign 2016: All the Donald, All the Time,” in a new book, The Presidency and Social Media: Discourse, Disruption and Digital Democracy in the 2016 Presidential Election.

Trump Blasts Schiff Over Russian Intelligence Memo (CTV News Canada)

President Trump’s decision not to release the Democratic assessments of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian efforts to manipulate the US elections and US officials represents a double-standard, Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said.

Trump authorized the release of the Republican memo several days ago despite concerns from intelligence agencies about its contents, and now Trump is using the same concerns to block release of a rebuttal memo, Farnsworth said.

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U.S. Senate Reaches Budget Deal (CTV News Canada)

Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that the agreement with Senate Democrats and Republicans involved very little input from the Trump White House.

Congress ignored President Trump’s request to shut down the federal government if the budget bill did not include money for the construction of a border wall, but Congress instead is sending the president a deal to keep the government open without any progress on the border wall controversy, Farnsworth said.

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Friedman tops $1 million mark in Democratic primary to challenge Rep. Comstock (Washington Post)

Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, said while it is difficult to handicap an eight-way race, Wexton does not need the most cash to be formidable. “Someone who has run and won an election does have a significant name-recognition advantage, so money is not the only measure of competitiveness in that district,” he said.

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