Hundreds gather in Annenberg Hall to watch President Obama’s penultimate State of the Union address

On Tuesday night about 250 people packed the new Wallis Annenberg Hall to watch President Obama's sixth State of the Union address, the Republican response by Sen. Joni Ernst and a panel discussion that included two CCLP senior fellows. The event, which according to CCLP senior fellow Dan Schnur had the largest on-campus turnout for a political event since the 2012 election night viewing, was co-sponsored by USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and the Unruh Institute of Politics. See more event photos in our Flickr album…

National USC Annenberg-Los Angeles Times Poll shows presidential race in dead heat going into the conventions

Originally Posted by: USC Annenberg News on August 23, 2012 This blog first appeared on the USC Annenberg News website. In a just-released national survey leading up to the Republican National Convention, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden lead the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan by a slim margin of 48-46 among likely voters, with just 3 percent of voters undecided….

Cowan and Schnur: Partisan cooperation will be the key to Obama's success in the coming year

Just weeks after the tragedy in Tucson, President Obama used his annual State of the Union address to urge the nation to move past divisive political debates and work together to confront the nation's problems. "What comes of this moment," Obama explained to an audience of legislators, who eschewed the traditional partisan State of the Union seating chart, "will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow." While the President earned plaudits for his tough talk, turning it into tangible results will prove to be a greater challenge. That subject, how…