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Duke in the News: VP Debate, Economic Future and What to Expect on Election Night

Duke scholars daily share their expertise with the media on stories of major global, state and local importance, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the election. Scholars this week appeared in news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today and CFO.

Read the daily media coverage featuring Duke’s people and research on the university’s news site.

Here are highlights from the past week:


The New York Times

Best and Worst Moments of the Kamala Harris-Mike Pence Debate

“Harris had a fairly easy case to prosecute against the Trump administration and she prosecuted it fairly well. She was better at making the case against Trump than in defending Biden,” writes Peter Wehner, an adjunct instructor at the Sanford School of Public Policy who served in three Republican administrations.



Why The Southeast Is Up For Grabs In The 2020 Election

Kerry Haynie, associate professor of political science and African American studies, is quoted in CNN senior analyst Ron Brownstein’s column. Haynie predicts that Southeastern states will become more challenging for the GOP “as long as it aims its agenda primarily at the priorities and resentments of shrinking populations of non-college and evangelical Whites while alienating the groups in those states that are growing white-collar professionals and people of color.”


USA Today

Why The Russians May Know More About Trump's Health And COVID-19 Diagnosis Than the American Public

Political scientist Peter Feaver, who worked in the second Bush administration, said President Trump's illness is also a problem for American national security officials, whom he fears are distracted by the president's health status. "This cuts to the very heart of them doing their job. I think there is a high likelihood that the system is distracted and is not functioning at a high level," Feaver said.



CFOs Skeptical About Recovery Before Next Year

U.S. finance executives remain more optimistic about the economy than they were in the spring but very few expect to return to pre-COVID levels of employment and revenue until at least 2021, according to the latest survey from The Fuqua School of Business and the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and Atlanta.


The Guardian

Opinion: Will the US Media Call the Right Winner on Election Night? Don't Count on It

Political science professors John Aldrich and Paula McClain, along with colleagues, write: “With the help of the media, the citizenry can understand that we the people of the United States, in order to have a more perfect union, can wait the hours, days, or weeks necessary to have as perfect a vote count as possible.”