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12Sep, 2019

Bonnie Joins Nicholas Institute as Executive in Residence

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Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions | September 12, 2019

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University is pleased to welcome Robert Bonnie as an executive in residence following a two-year Rubenstein Fellowship at Duke. Bonnie specializes in issues related to climate change and natural resource conservation, with a focus on rural America.

“The Nicholas Institute is widely […]

6Sep, 2019

Trump Administration Considers a Drastic Cut in Refugees Allowed to Enter U.S.

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The New York Times | September 6, 2019
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear

The White House is considering a plan that would keep most refugees who are fleeing war, persecution and famine out of the United States, significantly cutting back a decades-old program, according to current and former administration officials.
In a letter to Mr. Trump on […]

4Sep, 2019

An Oral History Interview with Ambassador Jack Matlock

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The Harriman Institute | September 4, 2019

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University conducted an oral history interview with former Rubenstein Fellow at Duke, Ambassador Jack Matlock. Read the interview online.

6Aug, 2019

Sarah Bloom Raskin on China’s Currency

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Sarah Bloom Raskin, former Fed governor and deputy treasury secretary, joined CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to discuss the Trump administration’s move to declare China a currency manipulator. “China knows exactly what it’s doing here,” said Raskin. “It’s telling us that it knows that this tool that is has … it can use this both as a tool […]

6Aug, 2019

What the Fed Actually Does and Why You Should Care (it really does affect you)

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CNBC sits down to interview Sarah Bloom Raskin, Rubenstein Fellow at Duke, about the role of the Federal Reserve.

CNBC | August 6, 2019
By Jill Cornfield


“First, we have to look at how Fed policy affects households and small businesses,” said CNBC contributor Sarah Bloom Raskin, a Duke University professor and former deputy Treasury secretary and Federal Reserve governor. […]

1Aug, 2019

Fed Chief Struggles to Manage a Wild Card: Trump Trade Wars

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Associated Press | August 1, 2019
By Josh Boak

WASHINGTON (AP) — After the Federal Reserve cut interest rates Wednesday for the first time in a decade, Chairman Jerome Powell made a striking acknowledgement:

In the Trump era, the Fed faces a steep learning curve.

The Fed is supposed to set interest rates based on gauges of inflation and employment. But […]

24Jun, 2019

FDA ‘White Hat’ Hacking Tools May Combat Medical Misinformation

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MedTech Dive | June 17, 2019
By Susan Kelly

Medical device cybersecurity remains top of mind at FDA as healthcare organizations continue to face threats. A report out last month, for example, said the WannaCry malware that disrupted service at about 40 U.K. hospitals two years ago remains a threat and continues to attack healthcare companies.


One strategy for preventing […]

24Jun, 2019

Putting America’s Forests to Work on Climate Change

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The Hill | June 23, 2019
Opinion by Robert Bonnie and Jad Daley

With the impacts of a warming planet becoming more apparent every day, climate change is taking center stage in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Most of the candidates have articulated commitments or released plans to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions through legislation, […]

23Jun, 2019

Agriculture Department Buries Studies Showing Dangers of Climate Change

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POLITICO| June 23, 2019
By Helena Bottemiller Evich

The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that carry warnings about the effects of climate change, defying a longstanding practice of touting such findings by the Agriculture Department’s acclaimed in-house scientists.

The studies range from a groundbreaking discovery that rice loses vitamins in a carbon-rich environment — […]

14Jun, 2019

Employ Cybersecurity Techniques Against the Threat of Medical Misinformation

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JAMA | June 14, 2019
By Eric Perakslis and Robert Califf 

Although the sharing of misleading information is likely as old as humanity, an unfortunate concomitant of the current digital environment is the amplification and accelerated spread of medical misinformation. Growing distrust of medical professionals is causing some people to eschew drugs that have been proven effective, […]