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Obama’s farewell address: inspiring words, familiar themes, and a ‘primer on democracy’

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama deliv­ered his farewell address Tuesday night, which served as a hopeful goodbye and a call to action, urging Amer­i­cans to bring about pos­i­tive change and stand up to threats that chal­lenge democ­racy. We spoke with polit­ical experts William Crotty and Nick Beauchamp for their reactions.

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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3Qs: What can we expect in the new congressional session?

The latest leg­isla­tive ses­sion is only hours old, but already wrought with con­tro­versy. Nicholas Beauchamp, an expert in U.S. pol­i­tics, says this is only the begin­ning, and advises onlookers to keep an eye out for ten­sion, dis­cord, and the deploy­ment of uncon­ven­tional polit­ical tac­tics over the coming year.

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Trump’s victory ‘one of the biggest political upsets in history’

After a con­tentious and polar­izing pres­i­den­tial race, Repub­lican Donald J. Trump surged to vic­tory over Demo­crat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elec­tion. Here, two polit­ical sci­ence pro­fes­sors dis­cuss the sig­nif­i­cance and impli­ca­tions of the his­toric outcome.

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Want the most telling presidential polling data? Professor says turn to Twitter

Knowing society’s con­stant demand for imme­diate, real-​​time infor­ma­tion, assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence Nick Beauchamp devel­oped a model that uses tweets to gauge public opinion of can­di­dates more quickly than tra­di­tional polls.

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The House sit-​​in: examining the political and cultural significance

Wednesday morning House Democ­rats, led by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, began a sit-​​in on the House floor demanding votes on gun-​​control leg­is­la­tion. C-​​SPAN picked up the live feeds that mem­bers streamed from their smart­phones after Repub­li­cans shut down the chamber. Here, North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers shed light on the sig­nif­i­cance of the protest and the role of social media in its impact.

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Taking a closer look at the Senate filibuster

On Wednesday, Con­necticut Sen. Chris Murphy launched a nearly 15-​​hour fil­i­buster, pressing the Senate to call a vote on existing gun-​​reform leg­is­la­tion. Here, Nick Beauchamp, assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence, talks about the fil­i­buster and what, if any­thing, it might accomplish.

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3Qs: How politicians are using your data to influence your vote

The cam­paign for Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ted Cruz is working with a British data com­pany to develop behavior-​​based models of Amer­ican voters. As voters head to the polls today as part of Super Tuesday, we asked pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp if the prac­tice, called micro­tar­geting, is the quin­tes­sen­tial form of polit­ical per­sua­sion or simply a dirty trick played on the unwit­ting public.

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Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address, visualized

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Tuesday deliv­ered the final State of the Union address of his two-​​term pres­i­dency. To pro­vide analysis of the president’s remarks, we turned to pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp, an expert on U.S. pol­i­tics and polit­ical method­ology who has devel­oped a new method to visu­alize the lan­guage and themes of polit­ical speeches.

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Looking ahead: US politics in 2015

The Obama administration’s agenda, the next pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, and polit­ical behavior on social media are among the topics that assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence Nick Beauchamp will be closely fol­lowing this year.

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New graduate programs aim to prepare future data scientists

Northeastern’s new suite of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary data sci­ence pro­grams will include a grad­uate cer­tifi­cate in data sci­ence and master’s degrees in busi­ness ana­lytics and urban informatics.

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