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Should wealthier students get subsidized college education?

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Last summer, as the presidential campaign was just getting rolling in earnest, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announcedNew College Compact,” a proposal designed to provide relief for the rapidly rising sticker price of college.

Subsequently, Senator Bernie Sanders took...

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How difficult would it be to repeal Obamacare for good?

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If the leading Republican candidates agree on one thing, it’s doing away with Obamacare.

“The one thing we have to do is repeal and replace Obamacare,” Donald Trump has written on his campaign website, while Marco Rubio has outlined his plan to “Repeal Obamacare” and “replace it with a 21st century, market-driven...

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Does it matter who wins the election when it comes to the Middle East?

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Elections, the perennial wisdom tells us, are generally not decided by foreign policy issues.

But who’s to say that 2016 will not buck the trend, as it has in so many other ways?

We are potentially only one Paris-style terrorist attack or a brazenly aggressive act by Russian President Putin from changing the mood and focus of the American...

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Will the next U.S. president close the digital divide for Americans without broadband access?

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imageIf they build it, will you come?Doc Searls, CC BY

Most of the 2016 presidential candidates' policy platforms recognize the strategic importance of high-speed Internet (HSI), or broadband, in transforming the economy and spurring innovation.

The candidates appear motivated by a shared belief that high-speed Internet and HSI-enabled digital...

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Will Republican tax plans make America great again?

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As the old saying goes, there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes. While being taxed is a certainty, the rate and types of income being taxed is not.

Each of the five remaining GOP hopefuls – Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson (who appeared on the verge of dropping out as this article was written)...

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Online ads know who you are, but can they change you too?

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Do you ever get the sense that advertisements you see online know more about you than you might expect? Have you ever wondered why you’re being shown an ad for a product, only to realize later that you might actually be the kind of person who would want...

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Do school vouchers improve results? It depends on what we ask

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imageDo school voucher programs help improve educational outcomes?Lower Columbia College (LCC), CC BY-NC-ND

A set of reports on Louisiana’s statewide school voucher program recently revealed a number of important features of that program’s operation and overall performance.

The most startling of these reports indicated that students who used...

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Super Tuesday sees Trump and Clinton triumph: scholars around the globe react

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On Super Tuesday, voters from more than a dozen U.S. states voted in presidential primaries with important consequences for the candidates. We asked three scholars in different parts of the world to comment on the results and what they mean for the presidential race going forward.

What now for the Republicans?

Bryan Cranston, Ph.D. Candidate in...

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Super Tuesday sets the stage for a Trump versus Clinton showdown

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An epic showdown is shaping up between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

In most of the Super Tuesday presidential primaries and caucuses, Trump and Clinton won decisive victories, building critical momentum for their campaigns.

There were a few exceptions. In the Republican contests, Ted Cruz won Alaska, Oklahoma and his home state of Texas. Marco...

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