News & Commentary - Archive 2013

November 2, 2013

If an antibiotic would cure your infection, your doctor would probably still warn you about the chance of sun sensitivity before prescribing the pill.

October 31, 2013

A seemingly compassionate bill now before Congress aims to help orphaned children in low-income countries. If you want to understand why it is deeply flawed, you need to know about Pisey.

October 24, 2013

Two of the leading voices in the national debate over government surveillance programs and press freedoms will square off Nov. 11 at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

October 23, 2013

The Sanford Board of Visitors welcomed eight new members this academic year. They take the place of Paul Braithwaite, Martin W. Morris, Robert J. Pelosky Jr. John Rice Jr. and student representatives, Jessica Isaacs, Thupten Norbu and Andrei Santalo. Thank you to the departing members for their service. The new members are:

October 22, 2013

When it comes to children’s attention problems, the difference between first and second grade is profound, says a new study from Duke University.

October 17, 2013

Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute of Ethics
Growing up, Judith Kelley didn’t come from a privileged background. “In Denmark, that’s all relative,” she says, “because we have a very good social network and so nobody goes hungry or anything like this. We don’t have a lot of inequality, but my family never had a car and my parents didn’t go to high school.”

*Kelley will be moderating a workshop on human trafficking in Spring 2014 as part of the Conversations in Human Rights series.

October 10, 2013

Last week, a small group of extravagantly wealthy Americans shut down our federal government. They weren't lobbyists. They weren't big campaign donors. The millionaires who shuttered our civil institutions didn't have to buy influence from our politicians. The millionaires who shut down Washington are our politicians.

October 7, 2013

Duke Magazine
New Sanford dean takes stock of nutrition, obesity, and health policy

October 1, 2013

Could you raise $650,000 by next summer?

If your answer is “probably not,” you probably won’t be running for the House of Representatives in 2014. Last year, House candidates had to raise an average of $650,000 to finance their campaigns.

They aren’t alone. In the Senate, the average was almost $3 million. The 16 major candidates for the presidency raised an average of $85 million.

September 26, 2013

When Bill Adair launched the PolitiFact website at The Tampa Bay Times in 2007, he wanted to provide a different kind of campaign coverage through fact-checking.  With its Truth-O-Meter rating scale, ranging  from “True” to “Pants on Fire” for the  most ridiculous falsehoods, the site became the go-to source for evaluating political promises and claims. The site was such a success that it won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009.