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Although still in its infancy, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute has already generated extensive media coverage in connection with its mission and activities.

The Constitution’s “natural-born” defect

Previous essays in this series have addressed fundamental flaws in the Constitution: the ill-defined nature of presidential powers, the malapportionment of the Senate, the Electoral College. But I wish to draw my readers’ attention to a less central, but still important defect: the requirement, stated in Article II, Section 2, that presidents be “natural-born” citizens. Vox

Is It a New Era in Climate Politics?

Political Climate is back after a four-month hiatus. Did we miss anything? Well, there was the Democrats' Green New Deal resolution and launch of the new House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. There was also the introduction of a Republican-backed clean energy plan and the kickoff of a climate-centric presidential election. So there’s that. Greentech Media

“Political Climate” podcast gets high-profile new partners

"Political Climate," a podcast that tracks the politics and substance of global warming policy, has new partners and wider ambitions. What's new: It's now backed by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. The first episode of the new season landed this morning. Axios

John Kerry is on a mission to hold Trump accountable on climate change

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, the man who negotiated and signed the landmark Paris climate accord on behalf of the United States, is working on a new initiative that will seek to punish President Trump and other politicians for failing to combat climate change. “Regrettably, President Trump has eliminated American leadership and replaced it [with] know-nothing denial,” Kerry said in an interview Thursday. Los Angeles Times

Choked by Beth Gardiner review – the toxic truth about the air we breathe

Ambient air pollution, like smoking, can seldom be definitively linked to individual cases of debility or premature death, but it greatly increases the risks. In Choked, Beth Gardiner reports that it cuts short about 7 million lives worldwide every year. Recent research suggests the actual number is closer to 9 million, or roughly one in nine of all deaths. Whatever the precise figure, air pollution – principally nitrogen oxides and tiny particles known as PM2.5 – kills more people than smoking, and more than Aids, diabetes and traffic accidents combined. The Guardian

NPR reporter Nina Totenberg is everyone’s favorite meme after her moment with Arnold Schwarzenegger

Move over, Speaker Pelosi and your shade-y clap: The latest Washington woman to be inducted into the She-ro Hall of Fame is longtime NPR reporter Nina Totenberg. Totenberg, who is considered the dean of the Supreme Court press corps, is being hailed as everyone’s #mood now that a clip of her purposefully striding over to former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in front of the court Tuesday has gone viral. The Washington Post

Schwarzenegger teams up with Holder to ‘terminate’ gerrymandering

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) is teaming up with former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder to push for redistricting reform, saying he wants to "terminate" gerrymandering. Schwarzenegger joined Holder for an event Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where the two spoke on the issue just hours after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases involving alleged partisan redistricting. Schwarzenegger called gerrymandering a "national scandal." The Hill

Holder, Schwarzenegger: Supreme Court must end partisan gerrymandering

Former Attorney General Eric Holder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger called upon the Supreme Court to limit partisan gerrymandering Tuesday as the court heard arguments on the issue. "It’s incumbent upon the Supreme Court to look at our democracy and to see the reality of what is happening, and to say that there are limits," said Holder, a Democrat who served under former President Barack Obama. "The Supreme Court has said that there are limits with regard to racial gerrymandering; there’s a clear precedent there. The Supreme Court has never said that there are limits when it comes to partisan gerrymandering." NBC News

U.S. Supreme Court tackles Maryland gerrymandering case that’s split Democrats and Republicans

An attorney for a group of Maryland Republicans urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to end the practice of drawing sharply partisan congressional districts, but some justices seemed reluctant to venture into an area that has long been the domain of states. The court heard oral arguments in cases from Maryland and North Carolina that offer the justices the opportunity to address how far mapmakers of either party can go in pursuit of political advantage. The Baltimore Sun

Hogan, Schwarzenegger urge Supreme Court to act on partisan gerrymandering

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to act on partisan gerrymandering, calling the matter “one of the most important issues in America today.” The court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in two cases — one centered on Republican gerrymandering in North Carolina, the other challenging Democratic-led gerrymandering in Maryland. The Washington Post