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Where do Democrats go from here?
June 22, 2017 | WMU News
After losing four special elections to Congress in a row, Democrats are trying to regroup. Special elections often are not a good predictor of what will happen in the next general election, but Democrats do have some soul searching to do, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.
Leaks of highly sensitive information
June 15, 2017 | WMU News
Cases involving the Manchester bombing in England, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, former CIA employee Edward Snowden and former FBI director James Comey provide just a few examples of leaks of sensitive information. Leaks not only will continue, but will probably increase, says Dr. Sandra Borden, a WMU professor of communication and journalism ethics expert.
Recent highly publicized public apologies
June 2, 2017 | WMU News
Comedian Kathy Griffin has come under fire for a photograph of her holding the fake bloodied head of President Donald Trump, while Congressman Greg Gianforte has taken some heat after a highly publicized altercation with a reporter. Their subsequent apologies provide an interesting contrast, says Dr. Keith Hearit, a WMU professor of communication and public apology expert.
The removal of Confederate monuments and flags
May 25, 2017 | WMU News
Confederate monuments are being removed in New Orleans, while the Confederate battle flag no longer flies over the South Carolina Capitol. And Yale University has renamed a building and college honoring slavery advocate John C. Calhoun. All of these mark changing attitudes in society, says Dr. John Clark, a WMU professor of political science.
The recent global ransomware attack
May 23, 2017 | WMU News
A recent ransomware attack has spread to more than 150 countries and shut down many businesses and even universities and hospitals. Ransomware is really nothing new, but this attack was different in the way it was spread, says Dr. Alan Rea, a WMU professor of business information systems.