News & Commentary - Archive 2013

January 30, 2013

Former GOP Sen. Richard “Dick” Lugar, who represented Indiana for 36 consecutive years, will discuss the nation’s divisive political climate on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

January 29, 2013

Two Democratic congressmen will discuss legislative solutions to the influence of big money in politics on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

“Big Money vs. Grassroots Democracy: Empowering Citizens to Take Back Their Government” will feature U.S. Reps. John Sarbanes, D-Md., and David Price, D-N.C. The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 5 p.m. in the Sanford School’s Fleishman Commons and concludes with questions from the audience. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

January 29, 2013


Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, will explore the Obama administration’s decision to focus U.S. foreign policy more on the Asia-Pacific region during a talk at Duke University.

January 28, 2013

Health and education continue to be India's Achilles heel. Only through improving these services for the bulk of the population will it be able to get rid of mass poverty. India has the largest concentration of poor people in the world. The 12th Five-Year Plan figures show poverty declining from 45 per cent of the national population in 1993-94 to 37 per cent in 2004-05, at 0.8 percent per year, slower than the rate of population growth.

January 24, 2013

When the N.C. General Assembly convenes Wednesday, a few state lawmakers are probably going to introduce a bill that would slash income taxes for wealthy North Carolinians, scrap tax credits for low- and middle-income families and raise sales taxes on things like groceries and gas.

The same bill has already been introduced in two other states I once called home.

January 20, 2013

When David Steinberg founded the nation’s first gun-control lobby — the long-forgotten National Committee for a Responsible Firearms Policy — he was spurred by more than the shooting of an unarmed teen in his northern Virginia neighborhood.

It seemed crazy to him that everyday Americans could buy lethal weapons, no questions asked, when he and his fellow World War II soldiers had been required to go through extensive firearms training first.

January 16, 2013

DURHAM, N.C. -- The racial balance in North Carolina’s public schools has remained steady since 2005-06, ending a trend of growing disparity from the previous decade, but students are increasingly separated by income. These are among the findings of a comprehensive report from three Duke University public policy professors who studied whether schools in each of the state’s 100 counties mirror the racial and economic composition of that county as a whole.

January 10, 2013

In the coming weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court may land the final blow to what's left of race-based affirmative action in higher education. If the type of questioning raised during case hearings in October are an indicator, the Court may rule that the University of Texas at Austin's admissions policies violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, and that the plaintiff, 22-year old Abigail Fisher, was a victim of what affirmative action opponents long have framed as "reverse discrimination."

January 9, 2013

In August of 2009, Sarah Palin claimed that the health legislation being crafted by Democrats at the time would create a “death panel,” in which government bureaucrats would decide whether disabled and elderly patients are “worthy of healthcare.”  Despite being debunked by fact-checkers and mainstream media outlets, this myth has persisted, with almost half of Americans stating recently that they believe the Affordable Care Act (ACA) creates such a panel.

January 8, 2013

The massacre of 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn., has revived interest in gun regulation—a topic that was almost entirely ignored during the presidential campaign. During President Obama’s first term, there were several other mass shootings, but the only Congressional action was a new law to permit tourists to carry guns in national parks. Now Vice President Biden has been asked to develop a plan that includes new regulations.