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NPR's Marketplace: A Different Kind of Chaos in Washington

David Barker talks debt limit and government funding with Marketplace reporter Kimberly Adams.
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Address to the Freshman Class of the 115th Congress

Read Prof. Thurber's address to the newest members of Congress.

A panel of experts spoke about the challenge of tracking foreign lobbyists, recent scandals, and proposed reforms at an event sponsored by the AU School of Public Affairs' Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

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Foreign Lobbying in Congress: A Discussion of Influence and Transparency

A panel of experts spoke about the challenge of tracking foreign lobbyists, recent scandals, and proposed reforms at an event on Jan. 30 sponsored by the AU School of Public Affairs’ Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

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Ethically-Challenged D.C.?

James Thurber discusses lobbying, earmarks, and ethics in the capital city on the Kojo Nnamdi Show.
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James Thurber, middle, sits in the Campaign Management Institute classroom.

A Winning Strategy

Now in its thirtieth year, the Campaign Management Institute has become an internationally recognized dynamic curriculum drawing students from across the globe to learn and practice the art and science of campaigning.

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SPA Announces New Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies

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Progressives, Conservatives, and Bipartisan Cooperation?

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