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28Nov, 2018

Faculty-Student Team Finds Insights on Environmental Attitudes Could Help Lessen Urban-Rural Divide

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Duke Environment | Fall 2018 Issue
By Sergio Tovar

Policymakers increasingly recognize America’s urban-rural divide as a major obstacle for gaining widespread public support for stronger government protections for the climate and the environment. A new analysis by a Duke University faculty-student team found that the way policies are designed, communicated and framed can be key to bridging […]

26Nov, 2018

U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy

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The New York Times | November 23, 2018
By Coral Davenport and Kendra Pierre-Louis
WASHINGTON — A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies on Friday presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of climate change for the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock […]

15Nov, 2018

Trump’s Tweets on Deadly Fires Prompt Backlash in California

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Bloomberg | November 13, 2018
By Christopher Flavelle
President Donald Trump’s insistence that poor forest management by California is responsible for the state’s deadly wildfires has fueled a backlash by officials who say it is misleading and ignores the fact that most of the public woodlands in the state are federally managed.Trump’s tweet also clashed with his […]

13Nov, 2018

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Says There is ‘no plan for soldiers to come in contact with immigrants’

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The Duke Chronicle | November 6, 2018
By Xinchen Li

Gen. Joseph Dunford—chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—delivered a talk Monday night about the U.S. military in a time of geopolitical strain.

As the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman and the nation’s highest-ranking and senior-most military officer, Dunford said his responsibility is to ensure the U.S. military is […]

6Nov, 2018

Several Former Military Leaders Speak Out Against Troops Sent To U.S.-Mexico Border

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National Public Radio | November 5, 2018
By Mary Louise Kelly

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

A wasteful deployment of overstretched soldiers and Marines – that is one reaction to President Trump’s decision to send U.S. troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. And that reaction comes from a former chairman of the joint chiefs, retired General Martin Dempsey. He is […]

3Nov, 2018

Former Generals Worry that Trump’s Border Mission Uses Troops as a Political Tool

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Washington Post | November 2, 2018
By Greg Jaffe and Dan Lamothe

President Trump’s decision to send as many as 15,000 troops to the southern border has drawn sharp and unusual criticism from former military leaders, who have called the deployment “wasteful” and raised worries that the president might be using the military as a political tool […]

11Oct, 2018

Bonnie on the Farm Bill and Wildfires

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Rubenstein Fellow, Robert Bonnie remarks on the reauthorization of the farm bill and wildfire management in The Washington Examiner, Before Passing Farm Bill, Congress Has a Big Fight Over Wildfires to Get Through, on October 10, 2018.

“The marginal benefits of giving the Forest Service more authority for projects won’t make that big of a difference,” Robert Bonnie, […]

11Oct, 2018

Raskin on Pensions

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Rubenstein Fellow, Sarah Bloom Raskin remarks on the relationship between public pension funds and private equity firms in The New York Times, Pensions Get Bolder in Challenging Private Equity on Investments’ Human Cost, on October 8, 2018.
“Workers don’t want their pension money invested in ways that hurt other workers,” said Sarah Bloom Raskin, a fellow at […]

10Oct, 2018

Interior Department Withdraws Federal Lands North Of Yellowstone From Mining For Two Decades

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National Parks Traveler| October 8, 2018
Tourism has trumped mining in a scenic valley just north of Yellowstone National Park that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, following the lead of former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, said would be off-limits to new mining claims for two decades.
Two years ago Secretary Jewell and Under Secretary of Agriculture Robert Bonnie traveled […]

25Sep, 2018

Former U.S. Ambassador Draws Connections between Cold War Negotiations, Modern-day Relations

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The Chronicle | September 24, 2018
By Amelia Martin

Lessons from the Cold War can be applied to today’s political climate, former U.S. Ambassador Jack Matlock said at an event Wednesday.

Matlock, a former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union and a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke, gave a talk at Perkins Library Wednesday to discuss U.S.-Soviet Union relations throughout the […]