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Seth Jacobson

Seth Jacobson is the founder and principal of JCI Worldwide, a Los Angeles-based communications and research firm. He spent several years in the Carter and Clinton administrations in positions focused on economic development, foreign policy, and media relations. He is a frequent lecturer on policy and public affairs at Pepperdine University and UCLA.

The Year of American Potential

Perhaps nothing encapsulates these past two years as poignantly as the term “the before times.”

Justice Kamala Harris?

Law scholars and the Constitution concur that a sitting VP may be elevated to the bench, so long as they vacate the Vice Presidency.

How to Lose an Election: An Open Letter to President Biden

Hey Joe. Remember when you won the election on the image of being a regular guy, a friend of the middle class, someone who would make us feel better about ourselves and our country?

You Are What You Seat: The Quiet Battle for California’s New District Maps

For the first time in history, the state is set to lose a congressional seat. California will go from 53 seats in the U.S. House to 52 this year. The question is: which one?

California Voters Don’t Recall

The effort to recall Gavin Newsom was a massive failure. But given that he’s up for reelection next year, the Governor will still have to tread carefully.

Lost Angeles: Mayor Garcetti’s Complicated Legacy

“It’s no use painting a lofty picture if you don’t have the brass tacks to pin it up on the wall.” So said Eric Garcetti on the steps of City Hall in 2013, at the swearing-in for his first mayoral term.

We Won’t Return to Lockdown—for Better or Worse

While rising numbers may be anxiety-inducing, the truth is that we are not in the same place we were at this time last year.

Voter Suppression Ends Where Civic Participation Begins

We are now reckoning with attempts to dismantle democracy by restricting voting and providing tools to overturn election results—and what’s worse is that these efforts are going largely ignored.

Recovering from Learning Loss After A Year of COVID-19

Elements of distance learning may be part of our education infrastructure going forward.

Hurt Most by the Pandemic, Women Need Economic Justice

Women are also the essential workers at home, shouldering the bulk of the housework, schooling and childcare

Jewish Voices in Black History

If we do not know history, we are vulnerable to fractionalization and attempts to divide us.

100 Days in Joe Biden’s America

Attempting to find a middle ground between and within parties will drive Biden’s governance.

Biden and Israel: Friends or Foes?

U.S.-Israel relations will be business as usual, at least for the next two years.

Relax, America — Democracy Is Working

The 2020 presidential election results are in — not certified — and we have a winner. Yet every day, there is another social media...