Link for 2019 Classes

https://tinyurl.com/olli-trump2019

Trump Presidency

The Man. His Policies. His Foes.


This multi-media class explores the Trump presidency. The class is designed to be both informative and entertaining.

Each session focuses on "anchor" topics that are ripped from the headlines and presented in depth for fair analysis and fact checking. Issues, policies, politics, and “resistance” to the controversial 45th President will be presented and discussed. The Trump presidency also will be contrasted with efforts by the Presidency's Constitutional "checks and balances" and political foes to frustrate his policies and priorities.

Instructor/coordinator: Mike Stover * To add yourself to the class email: contact Mike Stover at stovermw@gmail.com

Link for 2019 Classes



















March 20 Class Notes (Spring Semester 2018 Class 5)

Please note that article links preceded by "$" are located on websites with a paywall restricting access to nonsubscribers. For example, New York Times non subscribers can view 10 articles per month free of charge before being prompted to subscribe for a monthly fee to receive full access to The Times on digital platforms.

Articles posted below are not an endorsement of their content, but intended to provide perspectives or supplementary information for class presentations.

OC Register article on this OLLI class

The Presidency, the Man

Global Trade War

Immigration/DACA

Politics

Congressional Mid-Term Elections 2018

North Korea

What Trump Could Expect from a Meeting with North Korea

Policies

Russia/Special Counsel Investigation/FBI

Shootings/gun control/school safety/mental health

Infrastructure

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March 6 Class Notes (Spring Semester 2018 Class 4)

Please note that article links preceded by "$" are located on websites with a paywall restricting access to nonsubscribers. For example, New York Times non subscribers can view 10 articles per month free of charge before being prompted to subscribe for a monthly fee to receive full access to The Times on digital platforms.

Articles posted below are not an endorsement of their content, but intended to provide perspectives or supplementary information for class presentations.

OC Register article on this OLLI class

The Presidency, the Man

Global Trade War

Politics

Congressional Mid-Term Elections 2018

Policies

Russia/Special Counsel Investigation/FBI

Shootings/gun control/school safety/mental health

Infrastructure

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February 20 Class Notes (Spring Semester 2018 Class 3)

Politics

Parkland School Shooting

Immigration

Mid-Term Congressional Elections

Special Counsel investigation/Russian collusion, obstruction of justice

Policies

Trump: The Man and the Presidency

General References

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Bonus Class

Congressional Candidates Forum to replace April class

Candidates for the 39th Congressional District will be featured at the OLLI Congressional Candidates Forum from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, April 10, in the Mackey Ballroom.

The class replaces the Trump Presidency class on that date. Candidates from all political parties are being invited to participate. (Photo above from League of Women Voters Candidates Forum held in January in Diamond Bar.)

The 39th District seat was profiled by the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register newspapers as one of the most competitive races in the nation. U.S. Rep. Ed Royce who is the incumbent is retiring.

The district comprises the communities of Anaheim Hills, Brea, Buena Park , Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Fullerton, Hacienda Heights, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Placentia, and Yorba Linda.

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See How They Run: The Trump Presidency and the Political Campaigns of 2018

Our Trump Presidency class will be preempted this summer by a special class that Mike Stover will teach. The class will focus on the political campaigns of 2018. The Congressional elections as well as state and local campaigns will be the focus. There will also be a major focus on the policies and politics of the Trump Presidency and the California State government.

The class begins its bi-weekly summer run on Tuesday, June 6 (Election Day), from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Mackey Auditorium.

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Learning Objectives

After each session of the class, learners should be able to:

1) Share perspectives on the significant news regarding the Trump presidency, Administration policies and political and/or legal action to advance or frustrate the success and popularity of the President.

2) Better understand the processes and policy “actors” relative to the exercise of Presidential leadership and power.

3) Apply critical thinking to differentiate among sources of information including traditional and empirical journalism, propaganda, and fake news.

To accomplish the above learning objectives, the instructor will use lectures and audio-visual presentations from identified sources, the instructor’s experience in journalism, politics and government, and this class notes website containing explanatory and original documents.

Sources for class presentations

Primary Sources

  • New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Five Thirty Eight.com

Secondary Sources

  • Axios
  • Bloomberg Politics
  • FactCheck.org
  • Fox News
  • Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (health care policy)
  • OC Register
  • NPR Politics
  • New York Post
  • Pew Research
  • Roll Call
  • Sacramento Bee
  • Time Magazine
  • The Economist
  • The Hill
  • USA Today
  • Weekly Standard

"Alternative Views"

  • Brietbart News (Alt-Right)
  • Huffington Post
  • New York Post (reputedly the first newspaper read each day by the President)

Podcasts

  • The Daily (NY Times)
  • The Daily 202's Big Idea (Washington Post)
  • Face the Nation Diary (CBS)
  • Can he do that? (Washington Post)
  • FiveThirtyEight Politics
  • New Washington (NY Times)
  • NPR Politics
  • President's Inbox (Council on Foreign Relations)
  • Potomac Watch (Wall Street Journal Opinion_
  • Weekly Standard Confab

January 23 Class Notes (Spring Semester 2018 Class 1)

OC Register article on this OLLI class

Federal Budget/Spending

President Trump's First Year

Politics

The Man and the Presidency

The Media

Policies

October 31 Class Notes (Class 3)

Milo Yiannopoulos at CSUF on Oct. 31

Russia

The economy

Trump: The Man, the President

Trump: His Foes

Politics

Iran

"Dreamers"/DACA, Immigration

Healthcare

North Korea

Opioid Crisis

Tax Cuts/Reform

October 3 Class Notes (Class 2, Fall Semester)

Trump: The Man, the President

Politics

"Dreamers"/DACA, Immigration

Healthcare

North Korea

Tax Cuts/Reform

Who are Trump "base" supporters?

August 1 (Class 3, Summer Semester) Notes

Class notes (pre- and post-class background information):

Immigration/Supreme Court

Politics

Obamacare/replacement

President Trump: The Man

Russian Election Meddling

Tax reform

Tues., June 6 (Class 1) Notes

Class notes (pre- and post-class background information):

Policies

Paris Climate Agreement withdrawal/renegotiation

Russia Probe/FBI Director Comey Firing

Immigration policy

Tax cut/reform policy

Obamacare Care Replacement

Trump budget proposal

Politics


What this class is ... and isn't

This class relies on news media sources facts and commentaries as well as the instructor's perspectives as a political scientist and former journalist and political campaign manager

Balanced, truthful, informative (and, hopefully, entertaining) presentation and discussion of:

  • The Man and the Presidency
  • His policies, proposals, deliberations, and implementation
  • President’s reaction to domestic and international challenges
  • A fact-checked presentation of the views of the President’s foes
  • Information not affirmation
  • Conventional journalism balanced with “empirical” (data driven) journalism
  • Fact checking on all the “actors”
  • Respectful of the Presidency . . . and the “loyal opposition”

This class is not:

  • A “re-litigation” of the 2016 election
  • A “pity party” (i.e., indulging in self-pity or eliciting pity from other people)
  • A political “echo chamber” of news and views reinforcing our existing partisanship or views