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  • Health360

    Breakthrough therapy designation: A primer

    Researchers in a lab discuss results of lab test

    Greg Daniel provides a primer on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Breakthrough Therapy Designation, which is the newest of four expedited programs developed by the FDA to accelerate the development and review of novel therapies that target serious conditions.

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  • PlanetPolicy

    Combating climate change and water scarcity in the U.S.

    Lake Mead

    The impact of climate change is going to play itself out in the water arena. Pat Mulroy, who served as general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority from its inception in 1991 until 2014, discusses the crisis Southern Nevada faced during one of the worst droughts in the history of the Colorado River and highlights the urgency of water scarcity for future generations.  Read More

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  • Markaz

    Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula at a crossroads in Yemen

    Tribal forces in Yemen's eastern Hadramawt province have taken over two army bases, a day after soldiers there left their posts, and plan to retake the provincial capital Mukalla from suspected al Qaeda fighters.

    Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is capitalizing on the chaotic situation in Yemen in the wake of Saudi airstrikes against the Houthi rebels, freeing imprisoned members, capturing territory, and seizing strategic assets. Daniel Byman and Jennifer R. Williams examine how this sudden reversal of fortune may affect the future of the terror organization.   

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  • Order from Chaos

    Western policymakers need more culture

    Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar walks past the Indian and Japanese flags as he inspects the honour guard before talks with his Japanese counterpart Gen Nakatani (not pictured) at the defense ministry in Tokyo (REUTERS/Thomas Peter).

    Cultural values impact more than just states’ conduct of their foreign policies. Ensuring the peaceful rise of new great powers requires more in-depth and organized effort amongst Western governments to understand the cultures of Asia and elsewhere. 

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  • FixGov

    4/20 series: Medical cannabis in Connecticut driven by science and medicine

    As of 4/20/2015, 23 states have a regulated medical marijuana system, four states have legalized recreational use, and many more states are poised to take up the issue in 2016. In this FixGov series, scholars will review the political, regulatory, and legal landscape surrounding cannabis in America. In this post, John Hudak looks at the regulatory system for medical marijuana in Connecticut. 

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  • Up Front

    Profiles of change: Employment, earnings, and occupations from 1990–2013

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    There has been tremendous focus in recent years on the plight of the typical American worker. In this economic analysis, The Hamilton Project takes a careful look at the data to examine what has been happening to America’s workers since 1990, paying particular interest to differences across workers with different levels of education. In addition, an accompanying interactive feature allows users to further explore these eight profiles by comparing employment, occupational, and earnings patterns between 1990 and 2013. 

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  • FixGov

    Why America's responses to the financial crisis brought us to the edge of political crisis

    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner (R) listens to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (L) at the Treasury Department for the meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council in Washington November 13, 2012.

    How should we assess America's responses to the 2008 financial crisis? In this blog post, Philip Wallach begins to provide some answers to this question. His new book, 
    "To the Edge: Legality, Legitimacy, and the Responses to the 2008 Financial Crisis," delves even deeper into the roots of widespread political distrust of the crisis responses, despite their policy successes. 

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  • Social Mobility Memos

    Getting attached: Parental attachment and child development

    A man and his baby wait outside St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York

    Edward Rodrigue and Richard Reeves discuss a study of the long term effects of infant attachment and the ways in which parent-child relationships early in life can impact a child's success later in life.

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  • Future Development

    In Europe, life gets shorter for some

    Reuters/Michaela Rehle - German waitress Kathi Kink, aged 91, writes down an order in the 'Zum Goldenen Tal' restaurant in Naring near Weyarn, southern Germany, February 1, 2015.

    Europe is growing old. But the typical factors underlying aging—low birth rates and high life expectancy—do not hold equally everywhere. Mamta Murthi looks at European regional differences in demographic shifts.  Read More

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  • TechTank

    How mobile apps will empower health care consumers

    The MyFitnessPal app, with a mention of the acquisition by Under Armor, is seen on a smartphone in Golden, Colorado in this February 5, 2015 photo illustration. Under Armour Inc, which provides sports clothing and accessories, has acquired two mobile apps for about $560 million, moving deeper into the trendy "connected fitness" and wearable devices sphere. The company said it would pay $475 million for MyFitnessPal, a free app for tracking food habits and caloric intake.

    Joel Ario and Stuart Butler remind us that choosing a health plan on one of the new public or private exchanges is no easy task. That’s especially true for those with medical conditions who want to be very sure the plan they enroll in will provide the services they need.

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