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    How to create opportunity in Baltimore and beyond

    From making smart investments to empowering youth, a Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program expert panel shared best practices for creating more opportunities in distressed communities in Baltimore and beyond.

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    10 maps that explain Ukraine’s struggle for independence

    A Ukrainian soldier climbs a flag pole at the base A2904 shortly before the Ukrainian command lost control over it to armed men in the Crimean town of Bakhchisaray, March 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

    Since the fall of the USSR, Ukraine has been struggling to build an independent and democratic nation. Chrystia Freeland explains this struggle in the latest Brookings Essay, “My Ukraine: A personal reflection on a nation's dream of independence and the nightmare Vladimir Putin has visited upon it.” We've pulled 10 maps from her essay that explain the political events in Ukraine since they gained independence in 1991.

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    TPP? TTIP? Key trade deal terms explained

    USTR Michael Froman and Japan's Economics Minister Akira Amari at a news conference following a TPP Ministerial meeting in Singapore, 2014.

    The Obama administration is in the midst of negotiations for several historic trade deals, including the TPP, TTIP, and more. With so many acronyms floating around, it can be difficult to keep up. To help our readers understand the global negotiations, as well as controversies surrounding trade deals domestically, we’ve put together a summary of terms, ideas, and research on trade from Brookings experts.

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    As Brookings website turns 20, a trip through the home pages

    Brookings Home page, 1995-97

    On Monday, May 18, the Brookings Institution's website turns 20—a teenager no more! The site was launched by our Information Technology Services department. 1995 was just a few years past the launch of the first websites, and two years after introduction of Mosaic, one of the first web browsers. The early Brookings website, then found at the fashionable short URL of "brook.edu," shows all of the then-current conventions in web presentation, including visible table borders to make a sort of tile, "Hot Topics" and accompanying fiery icons, and heavy use of exclamation marks. See iterations of our home pages over the years below, the first screen cap dating to the very month your author started his career at Brookings, just 16 months after the birth of brookings.edu.  Read More

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    Putnam in podcast: Not investing in poor kids could cost economy $7 trillion

    Robert Putnam on "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis"

    President Obama this week appeared at Georgetown University for a discussion on poverty and opportunity. "I think it is a mistake," he said, "for us to suggest that somehow every effort we make has failed and we are powerless to address poverty." The president shared the stage with Brookings Senior Fellow E.J. Dionne, Jr., who is also a Washington Post columnist; Harvard public policy professor Robert Putnam, author of "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis"; and Robert Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. Putnam appeared in a recent Brookings Cafeteria podcast with Dionne and Senior Fellow Richard Reeves (who writes about the poverty summit and issues raised in this blog post) to discuss the opportunity gap in America and how differences in politics, class, and race are impacting the American dream.  Read More

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    Societal cost of obesity could exceed $1.1 trillion, new Brookings research finds

    Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California System, speaks at a Brookings event on the economic costs of obesity, May 12, 2015.

    "The lifetime costs of obesity are sobering to say the least," said University of California System President Janet Napolitano at an event today to discuss new research that quantifies the economic costs of obesity in the U.S. President Napolitano addressed findings from the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics at Brookings, in partnership with the World Food Center of the University of California-Davis, that estimate that if all 12.7 million U.S. youth with obesity become obese adults, the individual cost on average is just over $92,000, and "the societal costs over their lifetimes may exceed $1.1 trillion." Watch the full event here.  Read More

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    10 facts about child well-being and health in America

    Children's outdoor rubber boots are pictured in a kindergarten. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

    “Unhealthy children grow up to be unhealthy adults, poor health and low income go hand in hand, and both poverty and poor health make large demands on public coffers,” according to the latest The Future of Children volume, a biannual series of papers co-published by Brookings and Princeton University. In the latest edition, “Policies to Promote Child Health,” experts review “how effectively U.S. policies promote child health.” Here are ten facts about child health gleaned from various articles in the volume.  Read More

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    Tell us: What does “My Ukraine” mean to you?

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    In advance of the Tuesday launch of the next Brookings Essay, which explores the roots of the crisis in Ukraine, we want to know what Ukraine means to you.  Read More

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    5 reasons to invest in the social and emotional development of students

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    As Congress struggles to re-write the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Economic Studies Nonresident Senior Fellow Hugh B. Price says it’s time for policymakers to focus on the social and emotional development of k-12 students.

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    40 years ago, Church Committee investigated Americans spying on Americans

    CIA Director William Colby testifies to Congress, 1975.

    This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Church Committee calling CIA Director William Colby to testify on revelations that U.S. intelligence agencies had engaged in controversial covert action  against foreign leaders and U.S. citizens. Chaired by Senator Frank Church (D-ID), the committee held a series of hearings and published 14 reports as it investigated the legality of intelligence operations by the CIA, NSA, and FBI, including attempts to assassinate foreign leaders, spying on Martin Luther King, Jr., and monitoring the political activities of other U.S. citizens. Today, the reforms put in place following the Church Committee hearings are up for discussion in the wake of the Edward Snowden intelligence leaks and the revelation of how much data the government, especially the NSA, was collecting on U.S. citizens. Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Stuart Taylor, Jr. detailed the history of U.S. government surveillance programs, and the Church Committee’s response, in his Brookings Essay, “The Big Snoop: Life, liberty, and the Pursuit of Terrorists.”

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