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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.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Slams Trump, Complicit GOP Members Over Capitol Riot

Arnold Schwarzenegger slammed Donald Trump and and complicit Republicans and compared the U.S. Capitol riot to Kristallnacht in a video speech the action star/former California governor delivered Sunday. “I grew up in Austria. I’m very aware of Kristallnacht, or ‘the Night of Broken Glass.’ It was a night of rampage against the Jews in 1938 by the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys,” Schwarzenegger said. Rolling Stone

Arnold Schwarzenegger Praised for Message Condemning Capitol Riot

Hollywood star and former Republican governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger was widely praised on Twitter Sunday, after he condemned the events of the Capitol riot and compared it to the deadly event "Kristallnacht" in Nazi Germany. Newsweek

‘You are a hero’, Arnold Schwarzenegger tells Ella Kissi-Debrah’s mother in heartwarming letter

Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has praised the mother of Ella Kissi-Debrah, the nine-year-old whose 2013 death was ruled on Wednesday to have been partly caused by air pollution in London, as a “hero” for her years-long fight for justice. In the years after Ella died in February 2013 after suffering acute respiratory failure, her mother, Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, a former teacher, had campaigned tirelessly to have her daughter’s death examined by a second coroner, asserting that London’s severe air pollution was partly to blame for the tragic loss. Independent

Professors go remote to engage students in 2020

USC faculty members showed their dedication to their students — and their resourcefulness — by drawing on best practices for remote teaching in 202o. They quickly moved classes online as part of safety efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some even made national news for their innovation. USC News

Who will replace Kamala Harris in the Senate? California governor weighs a shortlist of firsts

Robert Garcia remembers watching on television as then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered the county to issue same-sex marriage licenses in 2004. A young gay man in his 20s at the time, Garcia called it a "light switch" that ignited his passion for public service. Now, Garcia, 43, mayor of Long Beach, California, is one of four people Newsom, now the governor, is weighing to serve in the Senate when Vice President-elect Kamala Harris vacates her seat in January. NBC News

Lawmakers with stock holdings vote in ways that juice their portfolios, data shows

A series of well-timed stock trades early in the pandemic brought Justice Department scrutiny on at least five U.S. senators this year over potential insider trading, including Georgia Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Though the inquiries were dropped, both lawmakers have taken heat on the issue as their respective campaigns head into a January runoff election that will determine partisan control of the Senate. Washington Post

How can we fix democracy? USC students embrace expert advice from around the country

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and classes migrated online, Christian Grose thought long and hard about how his fall class on fixing American democracy would continue to engage his politically savvy students. Then the light bulb went on for Grose, an associate professor of political science and public policy at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and academic director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy. USC News

Californians Weigh in on Who Should Take Kamala Harris’ Senate Seat

Now that U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) will be taking the role as Vice President, California Governor Gavin Newsom is tasked with deciding who will take her place. A recent survey from the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy polled registered California voters on who should be the next Senator. Spectrum News 1

Arnold’s Next Role?

Some Republicans have suggested that Newsom might want to go a different route entirely, and think about former Gov. Arnold Schwarzegger as a bipartisan, placeholder pick that would give Democratic contenders an even playing field. We asked Schwarzenegger yesterday at a University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute event: Would he consider accepting such a post? His answer: "The governor will pick the right person. And I wish him good luck with that, because it's a big responsibility to represent the state. And I leave that up to him, when he wants to do that." Politico California Playbook