The Effects of Scandal – Post 2

Call it the summer of scandal.  The sitting governor of Virginia is under federal investigation for having received over $100,000 in gifts from Star Scientific C.E.O. Johnnie Williams.  The Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli has also received $18,000 in gifts and trips from the same executive.  In addition, a company formerly led by the Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  This is important to the main focus of my research, as the messages of both candidates are being drowned out by these stories, and risk turning this race into one in which the issues are only an afterthought.

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HIV/AIDS, Russia and Security Part I

Whether it was a shared burger between Presidents Medvedev and Obama, the uncovering of a Cold War era spy ring, or the release of an Angelina Jolie action movie this summer certainly saw Russia take center stage in media and pop culture.

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