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February 7, 2014

Russians love sports. They always have. Like their counterparts in other countries, they believe that athletic prowess reflects national strength. Russians also like television. The country has hundreds of channels, and although young people might reach for their cell phones or laptops in the big cities, as many as 85 percent of Russian citizens still depend on television for their news.


January 30, 2014

As anyone who has followed the Obamacare roller coaster over the past 4 years knows, passing legislation is only the first step in reforming a healthcare system.  Since Obamacare came into law, we have been consumed by battles over how to implement it, and by struggles over how to make it work effectively. But such implementation struggles are not new to Obamacare.  We sometimes fail to remember that previous healthcare laws rolled out with a fair amount of controversy of their own.


January 27, 2014

CANCELLED: Mayor Pete Buttigieg talk on Jan. 28 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Four politicians under 40 will speak at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy this spring in the Connect2Politics speaker series, part of an initiative of school’s Hart Leadership Program.
 


January 8, 2014

Four Duke faculty members were ranked among the most influential scholars in the nation’s dialogue on education in a list released by Education Week on Jan. 8. Three Sanford School of Public Policy professors, Helen Ladd, Charles Clotfelter and Jacob Vigdor, were in the top 75 on the list of 200.  Peter Arcidiacono, professor of economics, also was included.


January 3, 2014

The question of immigration reform awaits House leaders after the holiday recess on January 7. The Senate did its part with a comprehensive bill six months ago, but Republicans who control the House have clearly expressed preference for a "piecemeal" series of bills rather than a comprehensive one.  President Obama's recent indication that he'd accept this approach virtually assures laws will be changed one step at a time, if at all.


December 11, 2013

A prominent program that claims to reduce infant and maternal deaths in rural India by encouraging mothers to deliver in private hospitals has been unsuccessful, despite the investment of more than $25 million since 2005, a new Duke University study finds.

The Chiranjeevi Yojana program in Gujarat, a state in northwestern India, received the Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Award in 2006 and has been hailed by some as a model for wide adoption throughout India.


December 8, 2013

President Obama this week repeated an earlier call to raise the minimum wage as part of a larger effort to fix persistent problems in the economy. But the president should go further: He should create a federal job guarantee for all citizens.


December 4, 2013

“It’s no secret that government in not working in America,” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Tuesday at the Sanford School. Two things are stopping government at the federal and state level from getting things done: partisanship and lack of courage by elected officials, he said.  At the federal level, President Obama has “basically no Republican support on anything,” he said. 


December 4, 2013

America’s workers would not be subjected to low wage jobs if they were assured of employment at non-poverty wages. Maintenance of full employment with available jobs offering livable wages would accomplish that goal. To get from here to there would require the United States to comply with the terms of an existing law, the Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978.


December 3, 2013

Three weeks ago, the NC Dream Team, a group of undocumented high-school students, launched a petition and phone campaign directed at N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, the UNC Board of Governors and the N.C. Community College System to demand in-state tuition.


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